How good is Malaysia?

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1. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey,Just wanted to get your thoughts on Malaysia.We are arriving in Thailand in June and have a visa which allows us to stay there for 60 days.We then have another 35 days before we leave Singapore for Perth.I just wanted to get some opinions about Malaysia as we are planning on spending some time there.Everything I have read makes it sound good.How would you compare it with Thailnd etc?
Any thoughts would be great:)

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I preferred Thailand.
Malaysia is pretty cool though. Check out the BAtu caves on the outskirts of KL (aggressive monkeys!), and if your into treking, the Cameron highlands are gorgeous. Not fussed on KL though, though it beats singapore

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I found Malaysia to be a more sterile version of Thailand. Things seems a little newer, cleaner, more organized, and a bit more European than Thailand, but yet a little less exciting. I do like Malaysia don't get me wrong - the people are extremely friendly, and there are a number of great sights to see - but there is something about it that is missing the edge that Thailand has.
It's also quite a different culture - while Thailand is about 95% Thai Therevadan Buddhists, Malaysia is about half Muslim Malays and half Chinese. You'll find different foods and a different history, so it's definetly worth taking some time to visit it. Penang is a great town, the beaches on the Perhentians are fantastic, the Cameron Highlands are great for hiking and cooling down, and KL and Melaka are worth a visit at least. If you have the money, flying over to Borneo could be an option too. But I dont think that you need a whole 35 days to see Malaysia, especially if you stick to Western Malaysia. I would say two weeks should cut it.

4. Posted by opospa (Respected Member 1837 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

for me,i prefer Thailand as well.
In Malaysia,you can find many kinds of food.Malay,Chinese,Indian and Western. In thailand, you can find mostly unique thai food and some chinese food.
Well,for public transport,i think thailand is much better than malaysia. Honestly,most of the taxi drivers will not accept passengers who want to go to busy area and most of the if not all will never use meter. they will bargain with foreigners for a very high fare. However,in Thailand,taxi drivers will use meter and will accept you although you are going to a busy area. Just tuk tuk drivers will bargain with you for fare.
Thailand has more entertainment if compare to Malaysia. At night in Malaysia, you can just go to club or pubs. Thats it i guess because i seldom venture out at night myself in this country. In Thailand,you will get more entertainment. Khaosan Road will be the place. Or maybe Rambutri Rd. If not,you can try Suan Lum Night Baazar. Or Patpong .
Conclusion,Thailand still better than Malaysia. CHAIYO!!!!;)

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I spent a month in malaysia and loved it. The people are really friendly, as in Thailand. I liked KL, and the Batu Caves are interesting, and don't miss Taman Negara National Park - stunning jungle scenery with some great trekking opportunites. the Cameron Highlands, Melaka and the Perhentian Islands are also well worth a visit.

6. Posted by G-trotter (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Haha, the Taxidriver in Thailand use meter, sure ;) ok some of them.

In my opinion in both countries are very frently and others ;)
But Thailand is more intresting than Malaisya if you are frome Europe, it is very clen and high developed, for example it was the first real highway I saw since I'm left Europe to Australia, and all over SEAsia. Its a bit more expensive than Thailand but still cheap.
I rec. Cameron Higlands for hiking, KL its a very nice city, Merkala is not so intresting maybe a day to look the nice old Chinatown. I really recoment Palau Tioman to relax, dive, snorceling its lovely and not to crouded. If you go there don't buy a ticket befor you get to the real harbour, beleve my they'll try to cheat you if you arive whit a bus, dont beleve all the shit and go till you can see the sea! And than thake the boat thill the last beach on Tioman, I think it was Salang beach its gorgeous!!!

Enjoy it ;)

7. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I too liked Thailand much more than Malaysia, although Cameron Highlands were defineatly worth a visit. I really liked it there.
I stayed in a place called Father`s Guesthouse and it was perfect, the staff was really friendly and the rooms were clean and cheap. Good location too.

Kuala Lumpur was a bit of a letdown for me and so was Palau Tioman, I travelled 2 days straight to get there and once I finally got there I was greeted by open sewerpipes and outrageous bungalow pricing.
I actually ended up going back to Thailand after 2 weeks in Malaysia, changed my flights and just got out of there via Singapore.

Also, although the Indian men were generally much more polite, I got really hassled in (mostly) KL by men and it was quite disgusting. I made sure to cover up but still they would whistle after me down the street, walk up to me and start telling me how pretty i was in a really sleezy manner while trying to touch me and on a few occations drivers stuck their tounge out at me like dogs and honked their horns.
Keep in mind if you have a female travel partner :)
I had heard bad stories about Thai men but I never had any trouble from them so I was quite shocked on my arrival in KL.

Happy travels

8. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Perhentions .... too good .... not crowdy.. not polluted ...

man... i still got this Perhention pic at my desktop, ... blue waters as seen from my hammock.... aaaahhhhhhh !!!!!


9. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i really liked malay food after the thai food ... spicy ... more subcontient-y ... :)

do try that red chicken ... its too gud ... :D


10. Posted by kidd27 (Respected Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It's a good idea to put Malaysia as your next stop prior to your next journey to Singapore from Thailand. Malaysia is rather not as vibrant a tourist spots compared to Thailand but having said that, this qualify for me to say that you are able spend your holiday here at a much leisurely mode minus the busy backpacker compatriots if you're one of them. Arriving from Thailand overland, you have several choices if entry points. Places that worth a visit include Penang Island, which is the nearest state to southern Thailand entry point of Sadao/Bukit Kayu Hitam. Penang Island maintain some sort of the oriental feel, similar to what can be found in HCM city. Chinese are the main population here. Try out the many varieties of chinese food as well as the infamous nasi kandar and other Malaysian cuisines. The food here are affordable too in comparison to other places over Malaysia. Famous spot include Batu Ferringhi, a beach spot, Penang Hill, where you can enjoy the cool climate while talking a walk along the park, Kho Kongsi, the ancestoral worship of the Khoo family, Georgetown city tour with the cyclo and the Kek Lok Si Pagoda. You can also try out Langkawi Island. This island is not as famous and packed as Phuket but if you prefer a quite beach retreat, this is the place with many budget accomodations available in Pantai Cenang. If you arrive from the Pekan Siam/Padang Besar checkpoint, the nearest stop would be Kuala Perlis where you'll need to take the ferry to Kuah in Langkawi. You can also get here from Satun, Thailand if you happened to be in Ko Tarutao. From Penang/Langkawi, you next stop shall be Pangkor Island. This is also a very interesting island holiday where again, you have the luxury to enjoy the quiet and relaxing vacation during the low peak season. This island is situated south of Penang where access to it is from Lumut in the state of Perak. Budget accomodations are available in Teluk Nipah. Here, you can either engage the pink taxis to take you for whole day island tour where there are several historic sites, temple, sights and legendary structure availabe throughout the island. Very similar to Langkawi but this is much smaller than the latter. If you opt to give Langkawi a miss then, Pangkor should be in your itinery. From Pangkor you can head to Cameron Highland, where as the name itself suggest, its a hill resort destination, so you can get to enjoy the cool climate away from the scorching hot sun. Visit the tea plantation in Sungai Palas which is the largest tea estate in Malaysia. This plantation produces the Boh tea and the Boh Cameronian tea available in some parts of the world I believe. Savour the tea at its retail boutique at the estate while take a refreshing cool breath while having the tea and enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Cameron Highland. Also, try out the steamboat which would be great to have in a pleasant weather environment. From Cameron Highland your next stop is KL, the capital of Malaysia. Bukit Bintang (Alor Street)/Petaling Street (Chinatown) are the places to head to for budget accomodation as well as for good, nice and affordable chinese cuisines and shopping as well. Things to do include visiting the KL Tower, Twin Tower, National Museum, National Palace, Bird Park, Batu Cave and the Thien Hou chinese temple. Then, your next stop is Melaka, a former Portuguese colonial state with the charm of several historic sites and the good Melaka food. From Melaka, head to Johor Baru (JB) where you can get to Singapore. JB is very similar to KL and if you want to give it a miss, you wouldn't have miss anything unless you want to get to the east coast for island vacation from Tanjung Leman, a getway to the several islands the the Johor state coastal shores archipelago or you may want to get to Mersing in Pahang state for island holidat in Tioman island, if you have the time and budget. Enjoy your vacation.