A peninsular is definitely on the mainland.
According to http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=peninsular
Peninsular is a piece of land that projects into a body of water and is connected with the mainland by an isthmus.
According to http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=island
An island is a land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely SURROUNDED by water.
So, the keywords here, SMALL and SURROUNDED, by water. We in peninsular is not even surrounded by water, which means to say we are on the mainland.
I did not know that the monsoons were that bad so thanks for that, so that meeans that the east side of malaysia with bali is better for the beaches and stuff in January
One last question what are KL and Penang like? i intend on going there but should i spend much time there and what sort of stuff is there to see???
Again thanks for all your info we much appreciate it.
From October/November until February/March, the north-easterly wind from the South China Sea blows to the east coast of the peninsula, bringing a lot of rain. That's why the sea is considered dangerous during that time. Things can go really bad. During the months of November and December, areas close to the sea on the northern east coast are usually flooded. It's just how bad the flood is. Sometimes when things go bad, the flood water would not even receed for a week. Imagine if the mainland can be that bad, how much worse could the sea be?
Refer to this map:
But since you are coming in mid to late January, I believe the monsoon would have stabilized and not as bad as when it started. I would suggest you to contact the Malaysian tourism office in UK for advice. In the mean time, I'll try to ask around to see if that time is safe to travel to the east coast.
Kuala Lumpur, the Garden City of Lights, is a modern city, but with many old heritage and colonial buildings. Read travelogues on KL here:
Depending on how you travel around in the city and the places you are going to visit, the time needed can vary. The least would be 2 days, if you are in for a real quick trip, and can go up to 5 days if you visit more places, and without all the hurry.
More info on KL:
Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is an island city situated on the north-west of the peninsula. Read travelogues on Penang here:
More info on Penang:
You can also read other travelogues here:
I hope you find the info above useful. Let me know if you need anything that I can be of help. I'm beginning to feel like a tour agent.
Well all I have to say is,
Malaysia is a nice place to break away.
Frm rural to the big city.
Beautiful beaches and islands, beautiful towns and cities,
everything is just fine.
Proud to be a malaysian.
I was working in Malaysia, in Penang, one year and I must say you are really lucky to go there.
As far as beaches are concerned west cost is not good. You must go to the east cost where I recommend Pulau Perhentain. this is fabulous place.
Penang is fantastic but not for beaches. It is good for cultural experience. And the food is great there.
KL is nothing special. Just big, busy city but I guess you would enjoy it for 2 or 3 days.
Cameron Highlans is nice, quite place with beautiful tea plantations and jungle.
melaka is cool for on-day trip.
Taman Nagara is lovely for 2- or 3-day jungle trekking.
As far as travelling is concerned you should use long distance buses. Railway is slow and expensive.
Take care and enjoy your stay in Malaysia.