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Malaysia vs. Laos

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1. Posted by celeste123 (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Hi,

Im planning a trip this summer June to September, am finalising my choices of destination, just thought i'd see what opinions you have of Malaysia and Laos, I only have time to do one, which one is worth it? What is monsoon season like in these places and are there may flights from Laos to Australia as that's my next destination!

2. Posted by samakomlao (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Laos would be my answer.
Laos has been voted as the #1 hotspot 2008 by NY Times newspaper
#1 hotspot 2008 by Wanderlust magazine in U.K
# 1 the most romantic city in the world
oh what else should i say...hmm...
That's all

There is a very cheap flight (20$) from Laos to Malaysia and from Malaysia to Australia

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

I loved both, but if you can only go to one I would choose Laos. From Australia you would probably have to fly into Bangkok and from there get a connecting flight to either Luang Prabang or Vientiane. you can get a 15 day visa on entry or 30 days if you apply in advance to the embassy.

4. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

It depends on what you want to see and do as to which would be best suited to you.

Laos is good if you like spectacular countryside and a really laid back atmosphere. Luang Prabang is a great place, really nice architecture, night market, waterfalls and fab cakes and coffee! Vang Vieng for tubing the Mehkong river, drinking beer and meeting lots of other travellers. Vientiane is a weird capital city, not really feeling like a capital city. You can also arrange trekking trips to the far north to see remote villages and see the 'real' Laos. You can't mention Laos without mentioning the fantastic beer Lao...the best beer in Asia! Food is ok, Laos is relatively cheap. Quite basic accommodations.

Malaysia is good if you like beaches, diving/snorkelling...the beaches on the west coast are great (haven't visited the east coast yet but have heard good things about the beaches). You also have historical cities like Melaka with a British, Portuguese, Dutch colonial history mixed with Chinese lanterned streets, Penang and the Cameron Highlands tea plantations. We really liked Kuala Lumpur, a very modern capital with the fantastic Petronas towers. The only problem is that beer is expensive. Food is good and surprisingly cheap (Chinese, Indian and Malay available) and accommodation is much higher standard but obviously more expensive!

Laos, as Bex says, you have to pay for the visa I think most borders now issue 30 days on arrival but you would have to check on this; Malaysia I think most nationalities get a free visa, it differs for different nationalities, British citizens get 90 days.

We love Malaysia and is one of our favourite countries in Asia...we had a good time in Laos but we could have left it out with no regrets.

HTH

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting samakomlao

Laos would be my answer.
Laos has been voted as the #1 hotspot 2008 by NY Times newspaper
#1 hotspot 2008 by Wanderlust magazine in U.K
# 1 the most romantic city in the world
oh what else should i say...hmm...
That's all

There is a very cheap flight (20$) from Laos to Malaysia and from Malaysia to Australia

Is Luang Prabang the most romantic city in the world then?

Anyway, for those cheap flights check AirAsia which has flights from Gold Coast Oz to KL in Malaysia and from there to Vientiane in Laos.

Malaysia is good if you like beaches, diving/snorkelling...the beaches on the west coast are great (haven't visited the east coast yet but have heard good things about the beaches). You also have historical cities like Melaka with a British, Portuguese, Dutch colonial history mixed with Chinese lanterned streets, Penang and the Cameron Highlands tea plantations. We really liked Kuala Lumpur, a very modern capital with the fantastic Petronas towers. The only problem is that beer is expensive. Food is good and surprisingly cheap (Chinese, Indian and Malay available) and accommodation is much higher standard but obviously more expensive!

And to add, Malaysia has a lot to offer on natural stuff, like Taman Negara (hoped I spelled that one correct) on the Peninsula, but especially on the Malaysian part of Borneo, divided into Sarawak and Sabah. Tropical rainforests, wild orang utans and lots of more wildlife. Also a visit to longhouses and tribes in the central parts of Sarawak are on offer here.

I guess in general, if culture is your thing, go to Laos, if nature (and beaches, diving etc.) is your thing, go to Malaysia. That said, I think Malaysia has more of both worlds than Laos does, as the latter lacks pristine nature more than Malaysia does, while Malaysia certainly does not have a lack of culture at all.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 1, 2008, at 12:33 PM by Utrecht ]

6. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

Last time i went travelling Laos was my favourite place.
Very chilled out with amazing scenery! And the people are soo friendly (think most of them are high on their 'home grown')/

Especially enjoyed 'tubing' and getting lost on bike rides though the countryside.

Laos has my vote too..

JD