Advice and tips on Malaysia

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1. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone, i am going to be travelling from singapore and up through malaysia then up to thailand. I was hoping you would be able to give me some advice on what there is to see, to do, and good places to stay.
I am going to be there in January 2005 so not for a while, but any advice and stuff would be great.

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jordan,

There are so many interesting places in Malaysia.
Here are some of them:

Kuala Lumpur
- Petronas Twin Towers (previously the tallest building in the world)
- KL Tower
- Chinatown
- Batu Caves (15 mins from KL)

- Malacca town (very old Portuguese and Dutch buildings)
- Crocodile farms

- Batu Feringghi
- Penang Hill
- Kek Lok Si Temple
- Snake Temple
- plus many more places in Penang

Actually, I can go on but the list is simply too long. Why don't you tell what your interests are so I'll know which place to recommend to you? Do you like nature, beach, island, historical sites, cities, shopping, ... and the list goes on. BTW, how long will your stay in Malaysia be? In the mean time, you can take a look at the following websites for all the interesting places in Malaysia.

Hope that helps.


3. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all that.

I have been told the beaches are amazing, do you know of any special ones there are to go to? I enjoy seeing new places and thing i have also heard the croc farms are very good any that are particularly good that you know off?
Are there ant places that i should try to avoid?



4. Posted by janeyee (Full Member 38 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jordy,

Great to hear that you're coming to Malaysia.

As mentioned by Hien, there are many interesting places in Penang.

Let me know what you like to see, how long you'll spend your time in Penang and I'm more than glad to give my suggestions based on that.

Check this site out.

Have a great day!


5. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Jordy,

Some ppl might not realise that Malaysia is made up of 2 islands at the tip of Thailand as you all know --- and the other part lies on the northern part of Borneo island. It consists of Sabah and Sarawak. Sabah is reknowned for their many beautiful islands and top diving sites in the world whereas Sarawak is where you want to be if you love nature, cultural and to run away from the hustle bustle of the city. It is also the home to the world largest cave called Mulu Cave. Too many other national parks to name. Cheap to stay and travel. Good food, good life ... with the good small town peeps. You'll like it.

Happy travelling!

6. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello again...

I will be staying in Malaysia for up to 21 days possible getting a return flight to the otherside as i have been told the diving and snorkling is as good as the barrier reef. So any advice on what to see and do would be great as i dont know to much about malaysia.


7. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

21 days is good.

Try flying to the otherside of M'sia by Air Asia. It's way cheaper compare to Malaysia Airline provided you get them early.

I dived GBR before--- personally I think you will like it better in Sabah. It's so much cheaper to top it up with.

In Sarawak :
1) Overnight trip to one of the native longhouses by longboats and while you're there, consider yourself getting tattoed the native style.
2) Visit Bako National Park
3) Visit Mulu national Park
4) Go to Bario Highland where's it's home to Kelabits ... fly by a twin otter to the airport. Hike for few hours lead by the kelabit to their longhouses. Along the way, if you are lucky, you might come across the nomadic ppl called the Penans. Weather is cool. You'll love it there.

Have fun !

P/S : Btw, do you know that there's a message center for you?

8. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


If you are in the peninsular (SpaceCadet, this is not an island, only Sabah & Sarawak is in the Borneo island), the beaches/islands to go are on the east coast, as they are generally cleaner and more beautiful than the ones on the west coast.

Top 3 islands on the east coast in no particular order: (Pulau = Island)

Pulau Perhentian
I was here two months ago! Consist of two islands. Perhentian Besar (besar = big) and Perhentian Kecil (small). The least developed among the three. White sandy beaches, crystal clear and shallow seawater on the beach, beautiful coral reefs although some have died , a turtle landing point in one of the beaches, and a great place for diving. A beginners course on diving is available for less than 100 pounds, if I'm not mistaken.

Pulau Redang
Getting more and more developed. Not as clean as it used to be more than 10 years ago. However, it is still better than most islands on the west coast. Have not been here before. All these are heard from people who have visited the island.

Pulau Tioman
I was here last year. It's the most developed among the three. Most corals are dead. Seawater may not be as clean and clear as the other two islands. Beaches are quite crowded. You can get there by plane as there is a mini aiport on the island. You can also get on a boat to Singapore form there.

So, I would recommend you to go to Perhentian. More info can be found here:

Wait a minute... you're coming in January This means you cannot go to the east coast. :( The east is experiencing monsoon season and there is frequent high tide which makes the sea a dangerous place to be. The best time to go is from March to October while the main season is on July/August.

This means you will have to go to the beaches on the west coast instead (not as nice as in east coast), unless you want to go to the east of Malaysia in the state of Sabah. There are many great islands there too!

The famous islands in the west coast:

Langkawi Island ( )
A great island with many places of interests.

Penang Island ( )
Too many places of interests to mention here. As for beaches, head to Batu Feringghi. ( )

So there you have it, a very long description on just a few of the famous islands in Malaysia.

Moving on to the croc farm, I think there's only one in Malacca. It's near the North-South Expressway toll gate exit to Malacca. I heard it's great, but I've not been there before. It's on my list of places to go.

I hope the above helps. If you need more info, do not hesitate to ask.


9. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I have something to add here. I just remember this.

If you stay long enough, you'll bump into the Chinese New Year celebrations. Next year, the lunar new year falls on the second week of February. Shops in Chinatown (aka Petaling Street) will host lion and dragon dance performances, and these peak on the last day (15th) of Chinese New Year. There will be stunts by lion dancers on that day.

So, plan your trip right if you want to experience all these. Or simply stay on longer in Malaysia.

On places to stay, refer to this page:
Click on "Where To Stay" below the banner.


10. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Thanks for the correction. So where is peninsular located? On the MAINLAND?


If lovely clear water beaches with white sand beach and amazing reefs a---way from the busy city are what you are looking for, Sabah's islands are definitely a better choice than langkawi or penang (wat?). Of course, we still have to consider the amount of time and money you have to spare.

Just a thought.

Have fun!