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1. Posted by clarebethan (Budding Member, 7 posts) 1 Mar '13 03:17

Hi all

I need some advice.

I will be arriving in Bangkok on 21st May and plan to travel Thailand, Malaysia then to Singapore before my flight out of Singapore on 1st July.

I am not making a set plan as I hope to meet other travellers and maybe change plans a bit but at the moment my plan is to visit Chiang Mai then back to Bangkok and from there head south to some islands, Krabi etc then down through Malaysia to Kuala Lumper and on to Singapore.

Basically I'm travelling alone and want to be on a fairly tight budget - dorm beds, street food etc. spending more on activities, transport etc.

I'm trying to figure out how long to spend in each place and a good, sensible route for cheap travel (sleeper trains etc)

Can anyone give me a bit of advice as to how they would break down the trip and how long to spend in each place.

Thanks!!

Clare

2. Posted by Lvfry Dan (Budding Member, 4 posts) 1 Mar '13 06:25

Hi Clare,

i have a few suggestion for a places to visit in Malaysia..well this plan based on assumption that you will take a train from Hatyai - Malaysia - Singapore..

1) Langkawi Island

Langkawi Island is one of main attraction place in Malaysia.. there are lots of places to visit so you might want to spent 2-3 days at there..

You can go there by taking a train from Hatyai [Thailand] to Arau Station [Perlis, Malaysia]..
From there you need to take taxi to Jetty Kuala Perlis and then take a ferry to Langkawi..

2) Penang

Well..after done with Langkawi, you may want to visit Penang too..

To go there you can take train from Arau Station to Butterworth station and from there you can take bus to go to Penang.. 2 days is more than enough to explore Penang.

3) Kuala Lumpur

Its a must visited destination i guess :)

Just take a train from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur, you can visit KLCC, Batu Caves, Sepang F1 Circuit, Putrajaya..etc..etc..

4) Melaka

well, there is lots of heritage places in Melaka so you may want to visit there too..

to go there, u can take a Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka and spent 2-3 days there as lots of interesting places to visit..
from Melaka, you can take a bus to Segamat as there are the nearest train station..
From Segamat you can take a train to JB..

5) Johor Bharu

From Segamat you can take a train to Johor Bharu, an attraction places to visit in JB is Legoland, Hello Kitty Town, Danga Bay..you can spent like 2 days in JB..

Ok..once done exploring Malaysia, you can just take a taxi @ bus to Malaysia Immigration Center located at Johor Bharu and go to Singapore...

well..this is my messy plan..hehehe.. Please let me know if you required further details..;)

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 2 Mar '13 22:50

Hi,

In Bangkok, stay at Khaosan Road where there are many budget hotels and you will be able to make some new friends.

In Krabi, I suggest you to stay in Ao Nang area. Normally hotels in Ao Nang arrange tours to the island around that area like Phi Phi, Bamboo islands etc. If you have time, do visit Moo Koh Surin National Park as well.

Then head down to Satun and from Thammalang Jetty, head towards Langkawi, Malaysia.;)

From Malaysia to Singapore is quite easy. From Kuala Lumpur, take any express buses that head straight towards Singapore if you are not stopping by anywhere in between. For a tighter budget one would be First Coach. RM50 per trip to The Plaza, Singapore. You can buy ticket over in Bangsar (near the LRT station beside 7-11), Subang or Damansara. I'm working in the Second Link (Sultan Abu Bakar Complex). So might be meeting you if you pass by the checkpoint. After Sultan Abu Bakar Complex will be Tuas, Singapore and it is less busy over here compare to Bangunan Sultan Iskandar-Woodlands checkpoint.

Good Luck.;)

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2013, at 22:55 by opospa ]

4. Posted by cindyelizavaz (Budding Member, 6 posts) 11 Mar '13 18:55

Hi Clare,

I don't know why nobody ever suggests Sabah or Sarawak to you. :)
Borneo Malaysia has A LOT to offer - beaches, rainforests, adventures, natures, cultures and more.

If you are the adventure seeking sort, you might like to visit Pulau Tiga Island -snip-. It's the island where the reality TV show "Survivor" was taken! Reknown for it's mud bath activities - this place is not to be missed. :)

Love wildlife? Try the Kinabatangan River Safari and stand a chance to witness the pygmy elephants, Sumatran Rhino and Proboscis Monkeys.

You can also choose to explore amazing caves such as the Gomantong Cave, Niah Cave or UNESCO Heritage listed Mulu Cave!

Borneo Malaysia is a downtrodden path. Visit while they're not flooded with tourists! :)

Hope you'll have fun!

Best,
Cindy

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Mar-2013, at 18:56 by cindyelizavaz Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 12 Mar '13 08:28

Sarawak is still fine... As for Sabah, did you follow current news???? Try to look out for it and you will know why we did not suggest Sabah...;)

6. Posted by cindyelizavaz (Budding Member, 6 posts) 12 Mar '13 17:16

Hi Eeren,

There is, indeed a siege happening in Sabah, but it's at Lahad Datu, at one of the coast. I'm sure you are well aware that Sabah is quite a big state, and locations like Kota Kinabalu is still fine. :)

I visited KK, just last week and stayed at Nexus Karambunai. Everything was perfectly normal :)

--

Clare - Nexus Karambunai is a GREAT resort, located by the sea :) We spent our entire 4 days in the resort because it's so amazing and there were so many things to do. If you ever drop by, remember to find Darling Darling Pub within the hotel. They serve amazing dry martinis! ;)

Best,
Cindy

7. Posted by clarebethan (Budding Member, 7 posts) 13 Mar '13 10:47

Thank you all!!

Getting my plans together now so your input has been very valuable!

8. Posted by JamesC51 (Budding Member, 52 posts) 14 Mar '13 12:37

Hey Clare, are you flying from Singapore to Oz on 1st July and what city are you flying too first?? I'm spending a month in Bali and then should land in Brisbane 3rd July, I couldn't fly direct from Bali to Cairns like I wanted too which is quite annoying!

If you're landing in Brisbane get in touch!! Also I've been to Thailand, travelled through Malaysia (including Borneo) and ended up in Singapore so pretty much the same as you last year so I could try and give you some advice. But what the others have suggested are all good routes and places to visit. Just try not too spend too much time in Singapore if you're on a tight budget! James

P.S - just read your insurance post so that's how I saw you were going to Oz as well!

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Mar-2013, at 12:40 by JamesC51 ]

9. Posted by micaella (Budding Member, 5 posts) 2 Apr '13 06:39

Quoting clarebethan

Hi all

I need some advice.

I will be arriving in Bangkok on 21st May and plan to travel Thailand, Malaysia then to Singapore before my flight out of Singapore on 1st July.

I am not making a set plan as I hope to meet other travellers and maybe change plans a bit but at the moment my plan is to visit Chiang Mai then back to Bangkok and from there head south to some islands, Krabi etc then down through Malaysia to Kuala Lumper and on to Singapore.

Basically I'm travelling alone and want to be on a fairly tight budget - dorm beds, street food etc. spending more on activities, transport etc.

I'm trying to figure out how long to spend in each place and a good, sensible route for cheap travel (sleeper trains etc)

Can anyone give me a bit of advice as to how they would break down the trip and how long to spend in each place.

Thanks!!

Clare

Clare...hope i can join you but am going to malaysia begining of may and am alone too plan to stay for a week and another week to Singapore...
if ever your travel to malaysia or Singapore will change to may pls let me know!!!
Thanks and enjoy your trip

10. Posted by magellino (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 8 Apr '13 13:21

Koh chang is amazing place. Less crowded than phiphi, phuket, samui.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Apr-2013, at 13:22 by magellino ]