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16 days in Malaysia - What to do?!

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1. Posted by MishMish (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I realise that 16 days may be WAY too much in Kuala Lumpur, but cannot find many things to do.

My problem is, I dont want to be wasting time travelling to different places that are really far (and end up with only about 10 days to see and do things). Taman Negara may be worth the time, but it will take 2 days of travelling for about 3/4 of a day to look around!!

Can anybody give me some suggestions?

I have already got Melaka and Bantu Caves on my list. I will be travelling up from Singapore - is Johor Bahru worth staying at for a day???

Thank you in advance (because I know there are LOTS I can do....)

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Try Penang. Enjoy the food there and visit Kek Lok Si Temple & Penang Hill. They are beautiful.
Cameron Highlands is beautiful too with cool weather.;)

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Johor Bahru is definately worth a visit for a day.

Apart from Penang and cameron highlands, u can also visit the Genting highlands for a couple of days and can spend some time in Langkawi which is really beautiful and exotic.

Also, u can visit the rain forests which are just a short drive from KL. U can indulge in tree walking, trekking in the rain forests. Avoid visiting the rain forests on the weekend, as it draws too much of corwd from KL

Have a nice trip

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3914 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Taman Negara should only take you a day to get there, and its well worth it - one of the highlights of the whole country in my opinion. the scenery is amazing and its great to be in the heart of the jungle.
Cameron highlands is a couple of hours drive away, and Melaka is also close to KL and makes a good day trip.
you could visit Tioman Island - i didn't go there myself but its supposed to be nice.
Baku caves outside KL make a nice half- day trip.

5. Posted by Haza_H (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you have extra budget, I'd recommend going to the East Malaysia.

Sabah & Sarawak. It's definitely a different place and culture.

Again it depends on what type of traveling are you looking for.

You like visiting historical places? Malacca, Langkawi
Prefer snorkeling and enjoy the beaches or islands? Terengganu, Sabah, Johor, Pahang
Learning different cultures? Sarawak, Sabah
Shopping : KL!
For local food? Penang, Malacca, Sarawak, Johor

Let me know, maybe I can narrow it down to cities...

6. Posted by MishMish (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for all this!

I have decided to go to Borneo (Sabah!) as well. And that leaves roughly 7 days for KL and Melacca!

Your suggestions were great! Once i'm there, if I get bored, I might do Penang too!

Thank you!

7. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Sabah is great.. You'll love it and there is so much to do and see. In KK I'd recommend a meal at Twin Sky Seafood for a taste of good local food.

and I'd pass on Billet Lodge for wildlife viewing there is another better place not far away but I can't remember the name right now..

8. Posted by cheemeng83 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Please do not hesitate to visit Taman Negara. It's gorgeous. As for your extra time, I would recommend either Penang, Langkawi or islands in Terengganu. Penang is a heaven of good food, while Langkawi (close to Penang) and Terengganu are famous island destinations. Pulau Perhentian, Lang Tengah and Redang all have gorgeous beaches.

Genting Highlands (1.5 hours away from KL) is a highland resort with theme parks, casino, all sorts of concerts/performances and etc. But for me, I only go there to gamble. hehe.. Cameron Highland is a much quieter place with lots of chalets, hotels, farms, gardens and etc and it can be quite boring without a group of company.

I don't think there's a need to drop by Johor (unless u want to buy cheap pirated DVDs) since KL is a better shopping destination and Penang is a better food haven. Melaka has a few historical sites that you can visit and then proceed to Jonker Street or other malls for shopping. Don't forget to taste the chicken rice balls and "satay-celup" in Melaka. You can also spend a day in A'Famosa Resort Waterpark in Alor Gajah, but I believe Sunway Lagoon (KL) is better.

Have a nice journey. Don't hesitate to ask me if you need more ideas. =)

9. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting cheemeng83

I don't think there's a need to drop by Johor (unless u want to buy cheap pirated DVDs)

For cheap DVDs or VCDs, just hit Hadyai.

As cheap as 15baht per disc.

10. Posted by Sebjy (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Mishmish,

Trust me go to Sabah there is absolutely heaps to do. I have been there a couple of times before and am going back again around xmas and new year with my girlfriend. Worth flying via air asia (cheap) to sandakan and visit the Orang-Utan and Proboscis monkey sanctuaries or better still take a jungle/river trek in and around the Kinabatang River and see the rainforest of Borneo before the rest of the human race destroy it. You could go to Turtle Island, visit the Gormatong Caves or if you like Diving Sipidan Island is legendary with divers throughout the world.

I love this place and could list things for you to do forever. I am also going to KL and surrounding but am definately a bigger fan of the the slightly less touristy Sabah.

Anyway hope this gives you some ideas. Apologies for the shocking spelling. I'm sure you will have an amazing time. Even if you just want to laze around on the pristine islands near Kota Kinabalu they are still some of the best in the world and you could easily just chill there stuffing yourself with the amazing fruit. If you havnt eaten much Malaysian fruit before make sure you do, NOTHING beats it.