Hi all ... major change to my plans because I cant take malaria tablets, so my friend and I want to just do Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore before flying to Australia ... we want to see these places at a nice pace ... any ideas???
Here's what we're thinking ...
5-8 days in Hong Kong
ferry to Macau for 3 days
Fly to Kuala Lumpur for 3-4 days
coach to Singapore for 3 days
I'd like to see what you all think please.
We fly out on Monday
I reckon, probably you'll need 1 or 2 days max in singapore. sentosa island, city... etc. remember, chewing gum is not allowed in the country.
As for Malaysia, I would recommend you to go to Melaka, KLCC twin towers, petaling street (chinatown). If you fancy beaches, Tioman island is a great place to go. Bali (Indonesia), and Sipadan(Sabah) are some other gorgegous beaches. Try 'Nasi Lemak' while you are in Malaysia, it's a spicy chilly rice. (only if you digestion system is ok with spicy food, or else it will upset and spoil you trip!).
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Just out of intrest what places are you missing off due to you not being able to take Maleria tablets??
The need to take Maleria tablets around SE Asia is getting less and less. I will be flying to Indoneisa in 4 weeks times, and then on to Malaysia, thailand etc and don't plan to take anything for it. Instead get yourself a good Mosquito spray with a high Deet constantration.
I did a similar route 3 years ago (cambodia, vietnam Thailand etc) and took Larium - the one that you take once a week and tends to be stronger than the others and it sent me a little crazy and after doing alot of research on this matter for my trip in a few weeks, i have been advised by alot of experinced travellers that I will be fine without taking them.
It would be a shame to miss some of the most amazing countries on the planet, because of the fear of maleria. If you are unsure maybe seek the advice of a doctor who knows a little about this....
I wouldn't be too deterred by the possibility of catching Malaria: the number of cases worldwide is tiny in comparison to other mosquito borne diseases which tend to proliferate during the monsoon season.
You can check current outbreaks on Healthmap.org When you launch the map the first time, all diseases worldwide are plotted. They show as either yellow, orange or red balloons. To restrict the data to Malaria only, do this:
- In the navigation column called "Diseases" click the "AZ" button to sort diseases alphabetically.
- Next, click the link called "none" to remove all the checkmarks.
- Finally, scroll down to "Malaria" and checkmark that box.
The balloons which appear are the countries where Malaria is occurring. If you click a balloon, you'll get more information concerning that location.
If these countries weren't on your original itinerary, then you might like to reconsider them as destinations.
To avoid getting bitten, where light coloured clothes. Mosquitos make a bee line for dark colours in order to 'hide'. Mosquito repellant containing DEET protects you by masking certain substances in human sweat and breath.
It's not permitted as part of your hand luggage though because it's inflammable.