Hey, I'm trying to organise some kind of itinerary and am thinking of spending about 2 weeks in malaysia, coming from thailand and circling back into thailand in time for the full moon party. Is this enough time? Any suggestions of what beaches are good? I'm on a tight budget and don't want to go to tourist trap places
when will you come?
Well,nice beaches will be at the east coast.
Terengganu and its islands (Perhentian & Redang).
Well,if you come near the year end,its going to be in monsoon season.
those islands will be close to tourist because it will be dangerous.
You can also visit Malacca (historical city), KL (KL Tower,Twin Towers,Batu Caves,Eyes on Malaysia,Chinatown,Central Market),Penang(Kek Lok Si Temple,Penang Hill,and try the food there,its a miss if you miss food like ASAM LAKSA & Penang Fried Kuey Tiao),Pangkor or Langkawi(Duty Free).
In KL, if you want cheap hotel,i suggest you stay at Stay Orange. Its a new hotel located at Chinatown which is convinient since its also near to the LRT and other public transports.
hope this website helps http://www.stayorange.com/
or the other choice for saving money is stay at the YMCA. Its cheap and also near to the KL Sentral which you can take LRT and also buses.
Well,enjoy your trip.
There are 4 famous island in peninsular (west coast) Malaysia
1. Tioman suitable for relaxation, diving, snorkeling started from 15 US$ for each and fresh traditional sea food and small beach restaurants.
2. Langkawi suitable for relaxation, island hoping, eagle/monkey feeding and buying duty free wines. Accommodation is a bit more expensive than Tioman but more places to see like cable car, zoo, seven wells, aquarium and you have to rent a car/motorcycle (13$ per day).
3. Perhentian (Redang,...)
renting a chalet (cold water bath) start from 10 US$ in Tioman and 15 US$ in Langkawi but hotels start from 30US$.
I think the Tioman trip charge you minimum 150 US$ just for food and accomodation for one week and langkawi trip around minimum 220 US$ as well.
There are other beaches like penang, Melaka and etc.
There are also nice beaches in east coast like kuching, Lebuan, etc but need another visa (check if you want to go)
I will comeback to Malaysia at 20 Oct and ready to share accommodation and transport if you come after that.
Have a nice and economic trip
Perhentian and Tioman at the West Coast?
I think they are in East Coast.
Perhentian = Terengganu
Tioman = Pahang
I think Peyman must have mistaken the west coast with "West Malaysia" (a term used incorrectly by many) which means the Peninsular Malaysia, or the mainland as some people refer to it as. Basically, when the locals mention "west coast" or "east coast," they mean the west coast and the east coast of the peninsula.
The states of Sabah and Sarawak, is usually referred to by just their state names, or Malaysian Borneo, or "East Malaysia" (another term used incorrectly).
Back to answer the poster's question, it's hard to say whether two weeks would be enough to visit Malaysia. It depends on what you want to do. Climbing Mount Kinabalu alone (if you were to do that) would take three to four days.
For beaches, I would suggest Perhentian islands, Redang island, Tioman island (all on the east coast), and Langkawi island, in that order. As for other activities to spend your two weeks, what are your interests?
rwright : Which full Moon are you catching? Towards August? Unfortunately,
I'm only going for Half Moon in August. It's my first Moon Party so I
guess starting mild won't hurt.