Can anyone please help with what could be the best itinerary of one week in and around KL, Malaysia for a couple ? The journey is to take place in 1st week of October. They want to be in KL for max 2/3 days and rest to other places in Malaysia.
Suggestions for overnight bus/train and budget hotels are welcome. What would be the price range of such stays?
Any more tips are welcomed. e.g it was suggested that for Petronas one has to stand in queue very early in the morning else one should forget visiting it. Is that true?
Thanks in advance for all the help.
For Petronas Twin Towers, my girlfriend and I arrived about 6am in the morning and there were around 10+ people in queue already. You should be there as early as possible to get the ticket or you would have to wait for quite sometimes.
Other than Kuala Lumpur, you can try Malacca and Penang. The National Park (Taman Negara) is worth visiting as well. You can catch overnight train to the East Coast for The National Park.
for the petronas towers if you are confident you can try asking the desk about 10 mins before a tour leaves. Sometimes ppl who get a ticket decide not to go so if the ticket person likes you are you are not too ashamed to try to ask, you can always ask to tag along to a group providing some ppl dont turn up.
But a little risky as you could be turned away so just queue very early. ticket counter opens at 8.30am so 7am will be ok.
In KL there is not really much to see, 2 full days is all you would need really. Can do a day trip to Melaka for some sights or stay there for one night.
If you like nature you can spend a night at taman negara as the previous poster suggests. Or if you are afraid of leeches you can go for the cooler (weather wise) Cameroon highlands for a bit of hiking.
Beaches you have plenty of options if you like that sort of thing. Perhaps Pangkor if you are on the west coasts, to go snorkelling, sunbathing. If you go to to the east, maybe perhentian for more snorkelling/diving.
One of the big draws of Malaysia is Penang do definetly go there. It is a heritage site and has lots of food to enjoy. Bus from Kl 4 1/2 hours.
Beach - I would recommend Redang or Perhentian Island at East Coast m'sia. Overnight bus trip from KL took 6-8 hours to small town which have a jetty to both island. You may catch up early boat to the island which cost you MYR 40 per pax one way (fee depending on type of boat -fast or slow boat). 3D2N holiday would be more than enough for snorkelling/diving.
Even I am going there next month for around 10 days with my husband. By reading questions on this forum I have tentatively decided on the following. It will be our first visit to this country but not the last. Also since we are in our forties, we don't want to rush into things. KL would be central point.
KL – 3 days
Malacca – 2 days - 2D 1N
Cameroon – highlands – 2 D 1N (incl. traveling)
Penang – 2 days 2D 1N
Langkawi – 1D 1N
Back to KL from Penang
Any further guidance is highly appreciated especially for budget hotels. Someone said, no need to book hotels in advance but can be bargained upon reaching. Any idea how much bargaining would be possible like 20% ? or 40%? I would also like to experience dorm life for a day or 2. Any tips ?
P.S.- We have purposely left the nature part for next time.
Thanks in advance.
During off peak season, you can just make your way to the hotels to enquire the rates. Usually the rates would be higher during public holidays and school holiday. Within the KL- city, you might want to try Tune Hotel (package available with Air Asia) and Seri Malaysia. http://www.travbuddy.com/Cheap-Kuala-Lumpur-hotels-1096867. If I have not mistaken you can check YMCA KL for the dorm experience.
Here are some common and basic 'to do' things for the location you mentioned. Hopefully it's useful to you.
KL / Klang Valley
KL Tower, Petronas Twin Tower, Petaling Street (goods market and food), Bintang Walk (shopping centres), KL Bird Park, National Zoo, Sunway Pyramid (shopping complex)
Jonker Street (market), Chicken rice ball, satay celup (skew chicken/meat/vegetable/cuttlefish with peanut dip), Mahkota Parade (shopping complex), Eye-on-Malaysia (similar to London Eye), A-Famosa
Strawberry farm, Vegetable market, Flowers, Boh Tea factory/plantation.
There are lots of makeshift shops along the road. Feel free to check the prices and bargain.
Recommended town for a night - Brinchang or Tanah Rata. It can be quite cold at night.
Kek Lok Si temple, Penang Hill, Penang Assam Laksa and Fried Kuey Teow (flat noodles), Gurney Drive has got a variety of food but not necessarily the nicest.
Various historical sites, Cable car ride, Waterfall
Another place I would recommend would be Genting Highlands - Casino and Theme Park. It situated on top of a hill and it is cooler.
Have an enjoyable trip!!
Thank you very much for all your help. We are not booking any hotels in advance except for the day of landing there. Let there be a piece of uncertainty.
Just one query (maybe it's the last one).
I could not find any details on the net. Is there a bus service from Camron Highlands to Penang in afternoons ? How much time does it take ? Or what's the best mode to go to Penang from there?
When I come back, I'll definitely share my experiences with you all.
Thanks once again.
Just got back from the batu caves only about 10km from kuala lumpur, definitely worth a visit -snip-
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Yes those monkies are cheeky but fun to watch.
They stole some lady's plastic bag when she wasnt looking, which was funny.
To get to penang from cameron highlands, there is a regular bus service.
About 6 a day i think.
Of the top of my head i think it took 4-5 hours.
Just dont' get off at butterworth (the stop before penang) because then it requires you to get a ferry into the island. For some reason when i went, all the tourist got off at butterworth and not penang.