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1. Posted by tijl (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

to much travel guides :(
can't choose, can't take them all (light pakking & all ...)
checked out local bookstore's internet etc.
and they recommend these ones:

Lonely Planet Malaysia/ Singapore & Brunei
Lonely Planet Kuala Lumpur/Melaka/Penang

Footprint Handbooks Malaysia & Singapore Handbook

Cambium Insight Guides Malaysia

Eyewitness Malaysia & Singapore

off course anyone with personal experience is worth alot ...

criteria subjects: Exhaustive, Practical Tips (+), Background, Culture, Meeting Travellers Places (places where they might stay) Food tips, guides in the city, nightlife, Maps with POI, Low budget tips.

fysical criteria : Pocketable, light

me: single traveller on an adventure

sorry for the lenghty description,
and thx alot in advance :)

P.S: If you've a must read book on the topic but hard cover, heavy etc., tell me as I still have 9 days to totally research my destination :) thx allot !!!

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I would go with Lonely Planet, as in my opinion they are far superior to all the others and give the best practical information which is especially important when travelling alone. I used Lonely Planet when I travelled round Malaysia a few years ago and it was fine. It's also good for budget tips and for suggestions on where to stay in order to meet other travellers, which you mentioned is important for you. The eyewitness guides have fantastic photos and are nice to read before you go, but are lacking in other areas.

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Don't forget Travellerspoint's Malaysia travel guide!

4. Posted by tijl (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

@bex 76: thx, hope it's still as good as then (well the new edition ofcourse)

@Hien: already studied the travellerspoint guide thorougly :), I'm mainly using that one and other "internet-ones"
to prepare, but don't want to take a stack of A4's with me while travelling ,
guy at "adventure" store today also told me to check out guided tours websites to pick up some idea's of neat things to see , loved his idea

5. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 7y

I used LP Asia on a Shoestring and that only has a small Malaysia section that i found had more then enough information. Once your staying in a town it is very easy to gather more info.