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1. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

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I am planning a stop over in Malaysia en route to Europe. I want to see some of KL, travel to Cameron Highlands and maybe Melaka. How many days will it take, and can anyone recommend hostels in these three locations?

2. Posted by ashanya (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

heyya, in KL stay at either the Red Palm or Number Eight. Red Palm is more well established but Number Eight is newer so it's really up to you, since location-wise they are just opposite each other and right in the middle of the Golden Triangle. In Melaka, the Hotel Puri is awesome, but slightly more pricey. Not too sure about Cameron Highlands though. A week should be sufficient, 10 days if you want to stay longer in KL. You probably won't want to spend too much time in Cameron Highlands since well, it's quite dead. Melaka is the historic city of Malaysia so three days there should suffice to take in all the sights. Feel free to msg me if you need extra info!;)

3. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

Quoting ashanya

heyya, in KL stay at either the Red Palm or Number Eight. Red Palm is more well established but Number Eight is newer so it's really up to you, since location-wise they are just opposite each other and right in the middle of the Golden Triangle. In Melaka, the Hotel Puri is awesome, but slightly more pricey. Not too sure about Cameron Highlands though. A week should be sufficient, 10 days if you want to stay longer in KL. You probably won't want to spend too much time in Cameron Highlands since well, it's quite dead. Melaka is the historic city of Malaysia so three days there should suffice to take in all the sights. Feel free to msg me if you need extra info!;)

Thank you very much, ashanya. I am 60 so you might say I am almost dead too! I like the idea of getting away from cities and seeing how ordinary people live - It seems to me the Highlands will provide a nice contrast to KL and the seaside at Melaka

4. Posted by ebh777 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Dear Sir,
It is a pleasure to welcome you to our country as we are hosts for the Visit M'sia Year 2007, commemorating our 50 th year of Independence on 31 st August.

A stroll thru the official web site www.virtualmalaysia.com would give you an idea of what to see and do. Hotels in Malaysia is rated according to their category, i.e. 3-4 star around RM 160-200 per night.e.g. Flamingo, De Palma, concorde, Swiss Garden, etc. 5 star hotels are usually priced above RM 250/300, like Hilton, Nikko, Mandarin, etc. The most popular area for tourists is around the Bukit Bintang area, with hotels like Federal , Impiana, or KLCC area like Renaissance, Ming Court, etc. You can make bookings thru www.wotif.com, www.cuti.com.my, or thru most malaysian papers like www.thenst.com.my,etc. In fact major tour companies like Reliance Travel, GTT, Holiday Tours ,Mayflower can also make bookings for you.

In Cameron Highlands, nice hotels would be Heritage, Strawberry Park at Tanah Rata or Equatorial, Rosa Pasadena at Brinchang. There are lots of travel agents at Tanah Rata itself to cater to your every whims and fancy. Rooms at RM 60-70 at Brinchang caters for value for money travellers and are equipped with hot water heaters. The scenery is nice and the weather pleasant as it is cool at night. Dont miss the steamboat dinner. (It is possible to spend around RM 300 per person per place if you know where to stay, go and eat, for 2-3 days.! )

In Historic Malacca/ Melaka, there are lots of choices, with Beach hotels like Everly Resort, Century Mahkota, or near tourist attractions like Equatorial, Renaissance, Grand Continental, etc. You can get good rates if you book in advance thru www.tunehotels.com, www.everly resort.com, www.ghi.com, www.asiarooms.com, etc.

It is difficult to say how many days would be enough as each place has its attractions and merits. I should say maybe 2-3 days per place should be OK. There are tourist info centers at all those places should assistance be required. Try to avoid school holidays season as most hotels would be heavily booked. As a Malaysian, try not to be decieved by taxi drivers who do not use meters. Actually our taxi rate is one of the cheapest and most taxi drivers do not make much.

Having been to Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Perth, I dare say travelling to Malaysia is alot cheaper but sometimes warmer! Bon voyage.

5. Posted by ashanya (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Thank you very much, ashanya. I am 60 so you might say I am almost dead too! I like the idea of getting away from cities and seeing how ordinary people live - It seems to me the Highlands will provide a nice contrast to KL and the seaside at Melaka

Haha....hey 60 is the new 40, eh? anyway, Cameron Highlands is a great for peace, nature and nice weather. Oh and do check out the Orang Asli (native tribes) reservation while there....def worth it! Cheers!

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Since i am also visiting KL for three days, i just wanted to know what is the best time to visit the Petronas Tower? I have heard tht free passes are given to the sky bridge connecting the two towers. Is it true?

Arif

7. Posted by lizp (Full Member 77 posts) 9y

Hi
I notice you wrote "and the seaside at Melaka"
Please don't think that Melaka is seaside, cos its not. OK it's on the coast, but it would be unfair to call it seaside as its part of one of the world's busiest shipping lane. And much of the coast is mangroves and mud.

Hehe, Malaysia Tourism reps are popping up everywhere. But I see they don't quote the cheaper end of the accommodation market!!

8. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Quoting ashanya

Thank you very much, ashanya. I am 60 so you might say I am almost dead too! I like the idea of getting away from cities and seeing how ordinary people live - It seems to me the Highlands will provide a nice contrast to KL and the seaside at Melaka

Haha....hey 60 is the new 40, eh? anyway, Cameron Highlands is a great for peace, nature and nice weather. Oh and do check out the Orang Asli (native tribes) reservation while there....def worth it! Cheers!

Yea,i agree. Spend more time in Cameron highlands.
You can see how the "orang asli" live. Cameron highland is a very nice place.
Well,just becareful when you are walking alone.lol.
Dont be the next Jim Thompson.LOL!!!;)