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1. Posted by hazzaa17 (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

Hi am 18 and will be travelling alone for a couple of months in the summer.
Would people advise me to travel china, or thailand and malaysia, which one would i enjoy most being young and travelling solo?
has anyone been to both, if so which did they prefer?
any help would be appreciated
Harry

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Hi Harry,

Ok, I may be bias, but if I were you, I would say Malaysia and Thailand.

I'm not trying to scare you but since you're alone, you most probably will have difficulties in communicating in China if you don't have a local there to guide you. I believe the situation is much better in Thailand, where English is mostly understood in tourist places. As for Malaysia, English is widely spoken in urban areas.

Although it is summer, I think the weather in China would be generally cooler than in tropical Malaysia and Thailand where it is hot and humid all year round. (Somebody please confirm this)

Anyway, it all depends on your interests.
Do you want to see more cultures in Malaysia and Thailand or do you want to experience the lifestyles of the Chinese?
Do you want to see the Great Wall of China or the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the beautiful temples in Thailand?
Do you want to hit the beautiful beaches and islands in Malaysia and Thailand or see the beautiful sceneries in China?

Or you could let us know what your interests are and what you would like to see and experience, so some of us here could give you a guide as to where to go.

Think about it. Whichever you choose, I believe it would surely be an adventure for you no matter what.

Cheers,
Hien

3. Posted by fqgreen (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Compare with thailand and malaysia, China has various climes so that there are lots of places where contain completely different sceneries, and if Chinese culture ecstasize you, just prepare to deal the language problem.
anyway, it's not hard to find a local guider in China but remember don't look for a tour company, otherwise you will not satisfy their arrange.

4. Posted by travelem (Full Member 117 posts) 11y

If you like sun and beach, go to Thailand and Malaysia. If you like temples, Chinese culture and histroy, go to China. China though has beaches in Hainan Island.

5. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Well, we just came from China to Malaysia. Both countries are good to see but soooo different.

China is big, crowded, dirty, near impossible to communicate with other people, and complicated to travel around. I'd say it was a real culture shock for a first trip as it is a completely different way of life. On the other hand, there are some brilliant people, amazing sights (Great Wall, Terracotta Soldiers etc.) and so much culture and history.

Malaysia doesn't really have so much history or atmosphere and no real world recognised attractions which will give you a chill down your spine just looking at them. Again, on the other hand, it is cleaner, easy to travel around, communication isn't a problem as English signs and speakers are common. You also have all the beaches and islands to visit (just make sure you miss the monsoon!) Probably a good decompression chamber on your way into/out of Asia as it really is quite Westernised.

Sorry, I can't help you on Thailand as we haven't got there yet.

It really depends on whether you are looking for more of a holiday or an experience of a different way of living. I'd say that you are more likely to meet up with other travellers in Malaysia, which may be a consideration if you are travelling on your own. In a month in China we saw only a handful of other travellers, but that could be because we were travelling in Winter?

Personally, I've thoroughly enjoyed realxing in Malaysian national parks and beaches, but I think that the images that will stick out for me would have be the amazing sights we saw in China. Have you considered travelling through China with a tour group? That would be easier and more sociable than going on your own.

Sorry I couldn't give you an outright "winner" but at least you have a point of view?!

You'll have fun wherever I'm sure.:)

6. Posted by eunice (Inactive 6 posts) 11y

Quoting Philymop

Malaysia doesn't really have so much history or atmosphere and no real world recognised attractions which will give you a chill down your spine just looking at them. Again, on the other hand, it is cleaner, easy to travel around, communication isn't a problem as English signs and speakers are common. You also have all the beaches and islands to visit (just make sure you miss the monsoon!) Probably a good decompression chamber on your way into/out of Asia as it really is quite Westernised.

It's easier to travel in Malaysia compare to China. If you think Malaysia is lack of history, head to Malacca. I have always enjoyed Malacca where you find history about Portuguese colonial, Dutch and English. There are also a great mixed of Portuguese Malaysian, Chinese Malaysian and Indian Malaysian due to the fact that Malacca used to be the central trading port in SEA in the 17th century.

I personally like Malaysia more than China, not because I am a Chinese Malaysian but honest speaking, it's easier and you find more variety of food and people.

eunice
Pangkor, Malaysia

7. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 11y

It all depends on what you want to see.

Culture and history? Definitely Western China.
I've been to Malaysia and Thailand, if you're into Sandy beaches and resorts, then go there.

I'd take China over those two places anyday. You can always ly on a beach at the age of 50, but you can't roam around China when you're old.

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Language is a real problem in China. Thailand is easy, and you are sure to meet many like-minded travellers there to have fun with