I am planning to visit pangkor, cameron, KL and penag in May.
Need help with:
What is the best season to visit Malaysia?
The order in which to visit the places from those mentioned above.
Do I need to book hotels in advance or will i find accomodation on landing in malaysia?
Do hotels have info about or help with organising a city/island/plantation tour by providing transport and guides?
If not, can how can i tap local sightseeing guides online?
any other points any one can contribute.
i have been reading other threads on malaysia as well and theose have been helpful.
thank you all in advance.
I would suggest the following sequence of visit:
KL > Cameron Highlands > Pangkor > Penang and may be you want to add Langkawi to your trip.
May is not a very busy period of the year here but it would still be best to book your rooms before coming to be on the safe side and you would be on a better control of the hotel you stay.
Most hotel have their own set up for sightseeing and you can book your tours ith them.
all the places you intend to visit would have enough hotels. it'll be less tiring (if you've just got off from a long flight) when you got a place in advance but most of them would usually have some rooms vacant for crash in.
on the 1st of may is malaysia's public holiday.
how much time are you planning to cover this trip ?
Thanks The_Dukun and skyef!
I have postponed my trip to July as i am not getting leave.
Is July a good season as well? My plan is for an 8-10 day stay.
Since it may be off season, can i get off season rates on stays?
Glad to hear about hotels having thir own setup...hope they are reasonable as well. I could not find details for siteseeing operators n various parts of Malaysia on the net so the query.
KL > Cameron Highlands > Pangkor > Penang sounds good, though i mite keep KL for last so that i can fly out.
thanks guys. any more inputs are welcome.
hii, it is glad you come to visit M'sai,
I dont think u need to do any booking unleess on 1st and 2nd May which are public holiday. and 26th May to 10th June which is school holiday. I think you bettter avoid the mentioned date due to unconveniences and crowd.
Pangkor is a very economical trip where u just need to rent a motorbike to tour the whole island. It is just a small village island where most of the local ppl are fisherman.
if you reli confirm the trip, mayb I will give the contact number where u could hire the agent taking you on the boat to tour the small islands around that area. Among the famous spot is the Pangkor Laut Resort which is claimed one of the most luxurious resort in the world.
beisdes he also prepare equipment for snorkling and banana boat riding.
there is chalet by the seaside which is very cheap, only disadvantage just need to share washroom with others. If you like adventure they even have the jungle trekking activity.
I was quite familar with Cameron as I used to work as sales agent promoting agrochemical products in that area. There are 4 major town in that area, Kampung Raja, Brinchang, Tanah Rata and Ringlet. Usually foreigners like to stay in Tanah Rata which is more happening and easy to find accomodation.
It will be best if you know some farmers to take up the hill to visit their farm and chrysanthemum orchard. it reli open your eyes.
hope you enjoy the trip
pls do feedback me if have any doubt or enquiry.
i suggest that KL-Cameron-Penang-Pangkor.
Want to add Genting?Can win some cash there.LOL.
well, you MUST have book the hotels here in Malaysia.
They dont have Khaosan Road or Soi Rambutri as in Bangkok here.
So Book it first before you arrive or you will find yourself sleeping by the roadside. Cheers Mate. Have a Nice Journey!!
wow.. simonwong. Ur suggestion seems very detail and good. You must have travel outstation alot times. Anyway, do KL last because Kl is a city and mostly it's the hectic one. Do the others first..more relaxing.
It is good you travel in July, as it is not a school holiday season
From KL you can catch express bus to C.Highlands, then to Penang, Pangkor Island and back to KL. I have just returned from cameron, and I recommend you stay in Brinchang where you have a wide choice of hotels at around Ringgit Malaysia 60 per night. You might want to stry longer in Penang, as it is well known for its hawkers food.
As I say, Brinchang, you may walk in and compare prices before you decide. In KL, most 3 star hotels charge around RM 130-140 per night and you may just walk in, if it is on weekday. You can find cheaper hotels thru the net- www.everlyresort, or the value hopitality group or thru www.tunehotel.com, www.airasia.com, or thru Malaysia Tourism board.
Local travel agents, are reliance travel, hwa jing travel, mayflower, plus others. I will try to get actual url later.
Travel is cheap compared to other countries. feel free to ask and if I know the anwer, i will be glad to help.
guys..thanks you all for the info.
i am tempted to add melacca to my itenerary now. can all the places i want to go to be easily accesed from each other....
say if i go...pangkor>penang (langkawi)>cameron>malacca>KL & genting..how does this sound?
i will try and contact the local agents ebh mentions in his the post.
the planning itself is turning out to be one super adventure. and i get to make some friends as well.
Its pretty convenient hopping from one place to the other with the bus service in Malaysia. If you arrived in KL 1st, you can purchase your ticket at the Pudu Terminal for all destinations throughout the country. Be sure that you go straight to the respective bus companies counter inside the terminal and avoid the touts ouside, around or in the terminal. I suggest that you take the Transnasional for the KL-Lumut destinations. The price is somewhere at RM13 for 1 way route. I'm not quite sure whether there is any direct buses to Penang from Lumut. Perhaps there are, but these busses will definitely make a stop in Ipoh for pick up of another batch of passengers from there. From Penang, you can engage the ferry service to Langkawi. If you chose to returned to Penang from Langkawi, take the bus from Butterworth bus terminal to Cameron Highlands. Check out Transnasional as well. Its fare price is reasonable I believe. From Cameron Highland, they do have busses to KL with the same bus co. So, I would say its overall very easy from you to travel from 1 point to the other. Enjoy your trip.