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11. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Well, it certainly makes sense to go to Malaysia and Singapore, and you won't come across too much problem with food. Remember, official religion of Malaysia is Islam, and the muslim population is over half of that in Malaysia. The only thing with Malaysia and Singapore is, they're significantly pricier than the rest of south east Asia. Nonetheless, coming from Europe with the advantage on currency exchange, it won't be too bad.

Ex-colonial states of Penang, Malacca (locally Melaka) and Singapore are rich in culture and history, as these were previously important ports of trade in the region, even to the traders from China and India, not just British during their rules. KL as capital of Malaysia would have reasonable amount of museums and architecture etc packed into it.

What I think is great re Malaysia (ok, I admit I am not the most unbiased person given that's where I'm from) is the diversity of the country, with 3 major ethnic groups and their cultures and practices side by side. There's even a significant population of Muslim-Indian so you can even get halal Indian food on top of the Malay ones. Most Chinese places will not be halal so I won't advise you to go near any of their eateries.

12. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 6y

12 days is a short period and it might be better to focus your energies on 1 country to avoid requiring a holiday after a holiday. Either Malaysia or Vietnam would be a great choice for that.

Suggestions for a Malaysian holiday: Langkawi (2 days), GeorgeTown (1 day), Ipoh (2 days), Cameron Highlands (2 days), Endau Rompin national park (2 days), Melaka (2 days), Kuala Lumpur (1 day). You could also alternatively choose to spend a week in East Malaysia visiting Mount Kinabalu and Borneo and a week in West Malaysia (Ipoh and east cost of West Malaysia where there is a strong Muslim culture and architecture and also Melaka and/ or GeorgeTown for the colonial, quaint and fun towns). Kuala Lumpur is mainly centered around the shopping malls and Petronas Towers so 1 day would be sufficient. As a whole, Malaysia is a lovely holiday destination for a wide variety of destinations, scenic countryside, great food and relatively cheap accommodation. Travelling by bus between cities is a very cheap and scenic way of travelling and there are cheap flights offered by Air Asia as well.

Suggestions for a Vietnamese holiday: Hanoi (city, Halong Bay cruise and Sapa trekking - 5/6 days), Hue (1 day), Hoi An (1 day), Dalat (2 days), Ho Chi Minh city (city and Mekong Delta cruise - 3/4 days). If you start the travel from Hanoi, you could take the overnight train from Hanoi and get off at Hue and travel by road up to Hoi An/ Dalat and then take the Vietnamese Airlines flight to Ho CHi Minh city.

Both countries require two weeks to ensure that you do not have a hectic holiday.

Have a good holiday!:)

13. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 6y

Quoting t_maia

India? I am still a bit traumatised from my "Iran in 7 days" blitztrip in 2006, I am not sure I want to tackle India in 12 days! I know I would be biting off far more than I could chew. I fully intend to visit India one day, but I think I will go when I have more time for it.

Time would surely be a constraint while visiting India!! U need at least 4-5 weeks to cover reasonable ground. Anyway hope to see u in India one day !:)

14. Posted by UzTour (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Quoting t_maia

I'm looking for suggestions on how to spent 2 weeks of holiday in Asia. I'm mostly interested in art, history and culture. Don't care for beaches and partying at all. I would prefer to travel in an area where there is a significant muslim population.

I know I can't see everything. Just fishing around for ideas right now. :)

What about uzbekistan? Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva have very great history, and you can see there very much

architectural historical sights, magnificent art works. there are very interesting itineraries through uzbekistan.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

15. Posted by lovebasbal (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Quoting t_maia

I'm looking for suggestions on how to spent 2 weeks of holiday in Asia. I'm mostly interested in art, history and culture. Don't care for beaches and partying at all. I would prefer to travel in an area where there is a significant muslim population.

With those criteria, what would be a decent initiary? Spending 12 days without needing a holiday after the holiday? I am mostly looking at China, Vietnam and Malaysia. So if you had 12 days in these countries, how would you spend them? And what would be the best time to go?

I know I can't see everything. Just fishing around for ideas right now. :)

With 12 days of being interested in history, art and culture, look at China. Many places for your choice. Here you could concentrate on Beijing, Xi'an ,Shanghai, Zhouzhuang. These 4 cities have their own features.
Beijing is an ancient yet modern capital city. You could see Great Wall(ancient military defensive project for thousand of years),Forbidden City(ancient imperial palace), Summer Palace(ancient imperial garden), Temple of Heaven( largest imperial heaven-worshipping temple), The thirteen Ming Tomb(grand imperial architectures for 13 emperors in the Ming dynasty),Hutong(residential house architecture for common people including Courtyard, Carved, structures), Lama Temple, Bird's Nest, etc.
Xi'an is also a famous ancient capital city in China. Here you could see The Terracotta Warriors and Horses,City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda ,Stele Forest, Shaanxi History Museum,etc.
Shanghai is the largest economic and trade center in China. Here you could see:The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, etc.
Zhouzhuang is one of the most famous water townships in China, here you will see ancient southern style residential houses and local traditions and customs.

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