Hi my name's Helen and me and a friend are going to south east asia in June. our trip starts in Singapore moving up through Malyasia and Thailand and then flying to Bali. We are both up for laughs and lots of exciting, crazy stories to tell so if anyone has already been before and can offer any advice on where is best to go OR anyone who will be around the sametime as us and is up for meeting for drinks dinner and lots of chats and parties then i would love you to email me : firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, my boyfriend and I are in Malaysia at the moment and I would reccomend that you make the trip to Borneo while you are out here, it's basically on your way to Indonesia anyway and Air Asia have some super cheap fares.
The best place we have been to so far is Bako National park in Borneo, loads of great walks and wildlife, plus beaches to relax and swim at! I could have stayed there for weeks quite happily.
On mainland Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is fun and the Cameron Highlands is a nice cool break from the hot weather.
Other than that we didn't really get to see much of Malaysia as the East Coast is currently in the monsoon and the west coast got hit by the tsunami just after we arrived.
For Singapore you have to go on the night safari, well worth a look.
Can't help you with Thailand or Indonesia as we haven't got that far yet. Have fun!
Hey!Im Emma and Im the chick travelling with Helen AKA Glittery H!!!!!Anyone got any advice on Chiang Mai, ie how long you would recommend staying there or how long it takes to travel by train up there?????
get the overnight train from bangkok to chang mai...sleep all the way and end up in chang mai...perfect! a weeks perfect, go elephant trecking, visit the night bazarr (this has to be the best market in the whole of thailand in my opinion, i bought this coconut shell bag there which im still in love with and everyone asks where i got it ) and theres cool temples too!
hope that helps!
last june i went to singapore malaysia and Thailand. For accomadation check out directrooms.com heaps cheap rooms. we stayed in the grand continental in KL and the royal in bangkok and they were both great hotels and cheap. In Kl go to sunway lagoon. It is a waterslide fun park with a wave pool and cool rides and has a great shopping centre next to it. In thailand see the temples and animal parks and the floating markets are cool too
Hey Emma here!Thanks for all the great advice!Helen is since not going anymore so Im going it alone which is scary but exciting all the same!Def up for Chiang Mai for a week, want to do a lot there!have you guys visited Chaing Rai?I hadnt really considered it much but ive since been hearing a lot of good reports, and since its not too far Im thinking about spending a few days there!
Ubud is a nice place to go in Bali for a day trip. Legian beach is the main beach in Kuta. It's nice but beware of the dogs that roam along the beach and the tattooists that won't leave you alone. The Sari club was the place to go, but i'm sure you're aware what happened to that place. A day trip on the fast-boat out to one of the islands is good fun as well. Also, you can cycle from the top of one of the volcanos. Start by having a spot of breakfast, and then an easy days cycling through some of the villages of Bali. It's all downhill and very easy going. As for Thailand, it's all good. Koh Chang is great, Krabi and area. Bangkok is great for a few days as well. Have fun.
Thanks Dave, thats great advice!!!!Sooooo excited to get there now!Ubud looks beautiful!!!Cheers!
Singapore - a very city place but extremely clean and fulled of trees. Not much to see if you are looking for natural site and historic heritage.
Malaysia - experience told me that Borneo - Sabah and Sarawak are the best! Many fantastic etnic languages; rich culture and lots of National Parks;
if you are tough enough, go for mountaineering in Mount Kinabalu and then try Hot Spring and head to UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE's list Kinabalu Park - try your luck if you can spot the world's biggest flower - Rafflesia! Also the Phillipines Market in the city - Kuching, Sabah where you can bargain for lots of local souvenirs! Bako National Park is nice too; and don't forget the world's renowned islands - a diver's paradise as for PUlau Sipadan and Layang Layang Island (but Sipadan is quite far and expensive).
If you have extra time, go and view some picturesque landscape in Kundasang and Tambunan.
Mulu National Park - i want to go there again! I miss the experience of canaling along the crystal-clear river and the atmosphere fulled of oxygen and also loads of limestone there - but it's time consuming and not cheap!
Niah Cave - the cave which produces lots of Chinese favourite's expensive food - bird's nest! Watch out for the bats!!!Don't forget to put on your cap!
Don't forget to take photos at 5 different location of Cat's Statue - look for them by referring to the map obtained at tourist centre (free).
The market you'll find some local rice which couldn't be found in Peninsular Malaysia - it's cheap and smells better than the typical rice! Some even are red or black but tastes good!
Go to Kmapung Budaya - Cultural Village to have an overall view of Sarawak's culture. Enjoy the show performed by dancers and you can also join them! I tried that once.
Don't forget to try Dian Pian Hoo, a local Chinese unique recipe - originated from Sibu, Sarawak where it is run by family business - large crowd everyday!
Will update you about Thailand later...my hands are pain after hours of typing! Thailand is one of the coutry with great history...it is the best place to visit in South East Asia!
Thanks so much for all that great advice!You really know your stuff!!!!Its really helpful!