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1. Posted by nataliecoz (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

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Hi everyone!

Me and my friend (two 21 females) are travelling around Malaysia and Singapore for a few weeks. We are spending two weeks in Malaysia and then a couple of days either side of this in Singapore. In Singapore we want to do the night safari, but we aren't going to be in Singapore for long enough to do much else, however does anybody recommend any other attractions while we are there?

Malaysia is the main part of our travelling. We are hoping to go to KL and the Perhentian Islands. We have also heard that Taman Negara is a good place for trekking. Is this true? We would like to get to see some wildlife while we are trekking. Are there any other places that are good for trekking?

We would also like to go to some beaches and Islands. Anybody recommend any in particular? We’ve heard that Pulau Pangkor is a beautiful beach.

Also, we are keen on going to a temple, any recommendations?

Also what is the best way to travel between places in Malaysia? We have heard that the busses can be an experience...a bit fast and scary?! The trains are apparently quite slow but we don't really mind that. We have heard that the Jungle Train can't be missed. What exactly is the Jungle train?

Are the Cameron Highlands worth a visit?

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks :D

2. Posted by Langka (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi D,

Malaysia is a beautiful country to travel with 2 girls. It is very safe!
Whebn you want to do all the things you write down you will need a lot more time.
Two weeks I shouldn't advise you train or bus.
Flights or private driver would be a better option.
You can visit a temple in KL, but better go to Thailand when you really want to see temples. Malysia has beautiful mosques to visit.

To make a plan for you I do need to know when you want to travel, because of the wheaterconditions.
Don't hesitate to send me an email?

kind regards,
from sunny Langkawi (33 C today)
Langkawilover

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

The Perhentians have great beaches and I would reccommend them. Keep in mind though that the Perhentians restrict (I think technically banned, but you can still get it) alcohol, so it makes for a very mellow stay without the parties that you'll find in Thailand. I don't know what the story is with other Malaysian Islands.
I haven't been to Taman Negara (but I hear great things) but the Cameron Highlands are a great place to spend a few days to relax and do a bit of hiking. Its also nice and cool up there so its a nice change.
Another place I would reccommend is Penang. It's a nice old town to spend a couple days in, and it also has the temple (Kek Lok Si) you are looking for.
As for buses, I guess if you aren't used to Asian buses then you might find them scary, but compared to Vietnam, or even Thailand sometimes, they are a nice comfortable relaxing ride.

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

Quoting Langka

Hi D,

You can visit a temple in KL, but better go to Thailand when you really want to see temples.

lol!!!
temples in malaysia and thailand are different. Lots of differences. I think many can spot out the differences.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2007, at 8:00 AM by opospa ]

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 9y

hi,

in Singapore there's quite a bit to see. Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown are interesting districts to explore, and you could go to the raffles hotel - it's a lovely building and you can treat yourself to a Singapore sling in the bar. Orchard road is good for shopping, and past the end of orchard road are the botanic gardens which are nice to wander around in and a nice place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a good view over the city at night, go for a drink in the bar at the top of Swissotel. You can get around really easily and cheaply in Singapore using the MRT.

Taman Negara is excellent, really good for trekking. KL is worth a few days and from here you could go to Melaka which is an interesting colonial time, worth spending a day or 2 in. I would say the Cameron highlands are worth a visit too - this is also a good place to do some trekking. the perhentian islands are a lovely place to relax for a few days. you might struggle to fit all this in in 2 weeks though, so maybe stick to KL, perhentians and Taman Negara. As you said, the jungle train shouldn't be missed! you can organise this from guesthouses in Kota Bahru, which is not far from where it starts (or KL if you're doing it the other way). the train runs down the heart of the country through the jungle and takes around 12 hours.

the buses are ok, they tend to be pretty reliable in terms of leaving on time etc, but aren't always in the best condition. we had cockroaches falling on our heads on one journey!

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

Yea, Taman Negara is a good place for trekking.
Well, can i know when are you coming to Malaysia? Perhentian Island is on the East Coast.
Will be in monsoon season at the end of the year. The island might be closed for tourists because it might be too dangerous to go during monsoon season.

Pangkor Island is a nice island. I prefer Pangkor than Langkawi. At least not so polluted as in Langkawi.
And less people.

For temple in KL, i suggest Thean Hou Temple. As for Penang will be Kek Lok Si.;)
Try to visit the Putra Jaya. The architectures there are amazing.

Travel by bus will be fast. But its quite dangerous. Many bus accidents since last few years back. So its not really safe. As for train, yea, its slow but safer than bus. Bus service in Malaysia is not as comfortable as in Thailand. Thailand has a VIP buses. Well, you cant get the VIP bus in Malaysia. You can buy Sleeping booth for train or private room.

You can relax in Cameron Highland. It is really different than Genting. You can still see the British era buildings there. And the weather there is really comfortable. Do visit the tea plantation.

Well, enjoy your trip.
Safe journey.;)

7. Posted by Marsha M (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

I agree with most of what's written above about Malaysia. Cameron Highlands is for relaxing. If you want a little bit of fun PLUS cool weather, Genting Highlands might be it for you. There's a casino and theme park there too. If I were you, I'd go Genting instead unless you're REALLY into trekking. :-)

I recommend taking to the Club Med stretch of beaches. Absolutley awesome.

Penang is a fab plaec for good. Get ready to be fattened up, though. It's food paradise.

I recommend takng the flights as well. AirAsia provides dirt cheap flights...but be prepared for a little dicomfort. Kinda packed in the plane! Ha ha haha....but it's really dirt cheap especially when they have promo. Malaysians are always watching their website for promos. Me one of them.

For KL nightlife, try Zouk or Aloha which are happening places right now.

We forgot all about Petaling Street which is the local Chinatown. Everything imitated and cheap is there!

Have fun!

8. Posted by Langka (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Quoting opospa

Quoting Langka

Hi D,

You can visit a temple in KL, but better go to Thailand when you really want to see temples.

lol!!!
temples in malaysia and thailand are different. Lots of differences. I think many can spot out the differences.

Yes there are a few temples in Malaysia I just mentioned it because she already wants to see so many!
So you have to quit some things!
kind regards!

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

Quoting Langka

Quoting opospa

Quoting Langka

Hi D,

You can visit a temple in KL, but better go to Thailand when you really want to see temples.

lol!!!
temples in malaysia and thailand are different. Lots of differences. I think many can spot out the differences.

Yes there are a few temples in Malaysia I just mentioned it because she already wants to see so many!
So you have to quit some things!
kind regards!

Dont you think its a waste if you come from so far to Malaysia and miss out few temples like Thean Hou Temple and Kek Lok Si?
And its not our decision to quit something for her.
We recommend or suggest and she decides.;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2007, at 8:33 AM by opospa ]

10. Posted by simonwong (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

hi,

it is really great ti hear that you are coming to Malaysia.

Pangkor island is considered as a small fishing island with a simple life. motorcyle and bicycle rental is provided. Or not, you could hire a an agent. last time, we did hire an agent who took us on his boat touring around the island, seing other small island around that area. He also took us to the Pangkor Laut resort which claimed as one of the best resort in the world, where the chalet at the seaside is claimed to cost about a few thousand USD a nite. he also provide equipment for snorkling and banana boat riding. it is a best place for budget travelling where you could choose to stay in the some chalet whcih cost very low, just only need to share the public bathroom. not much happening place or entertainmnet, is a place sutitable for nature lover or tranquility seeker. there is jungle treking activity is provided too

for cameron highland, most of the foreigners like to stay in Tanah Rata which is more happening and more hotels and restaurant to choose from. I use to go there once a month, staying there for a week to promote the agrochemical products. It is a highland with active farming taking place, where you could see alot of vegetable farms or orchards growing chrysanthemum. the chrysanthemum is claimed one of the best in the worlds due to its condusive temperature and humidity. it is an advantage knowing the grower who is willing to let visitors visit their farm. some of the farms are deep inside the greenery which need their jeep to access. the boh plantation is another spot which could not miss.it is breathtaking scenery standing on top of the hill looking at the vast land cover by the tea plantation.

just feedback me if you have the interest, could provide you some informative guideline.

hope to hear you soon

regards,
simon