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Vacation in Singapore and Malaysia for 2-3 weeks

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We were in Malaysia and Borneo for three weeks in summer, where to start:

 

Several must sees in Borneo: turle islands park, can watch the nesting and beaching of the green and kawksbill turtles. The Kinabatangan River is tops for animal watching, probiscious monkey, birds and herds of elephants playing along your boat. Best is to have a guide (we were 4 with guide) to get to and secure accommodations to these places if you have limited time.

 

On the peninsula, a visit to the Taman Negara is worth the trip, not much to see as far as wildlife unless you treck far out but amazing fauna since it is over 130 million years old.

 

KL is difficult to do as a pedestrian, but the mix of religions is fabulous to see. On one street you can visit a mosque, Hindi and Buddhist temples within meters of one another. But bring a sweater, the hotels and transport are cooled to icebox levels.

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You could try visiting Pulau Redang (east Malaysia) and Sipadan Island near the coast of Sabah if you like to go snorkelling or scuba diving.

 

And of course a trip to Malaysia is not complete if you don't visit Malacca The Historical City. I'm a Malaccan. :-))Places you could visit in Malacca are the A'Farmosa, Bukit China, St Paul hill, Jonker street, Portugese Settlement, Chetty village.And lots of variety of food for your taste bud. For more info. visit http://www.melaka.net/

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any suggestions or recommendations on Sabah? planning to spend 3-4 days there.

thanks

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hi

 

check out the pics under Malayisa and Singapore for some idea on where to visit.

 

http://www.travellingbazaar.com

 

personally, i am a great fan of the isalnds on the east coast of Malysia, such as Tioman and Perhentian. go there whenever i can. great food and beaches! what else does one need for a perfect holiday? plus, always managed to get a great tan that has everyone wondering where the hell i had been...

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I suggest going to one of the Malaysian East Coast islands.

I spent a week on Pulau Tioman. Nice and relaxing, staying in cheap beach huts, spent the days swimming, eating, snorkelling, etc.

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Was in Kl for Christmas nice city, good shopping/food but little action. Then flew over to Langkawi (Air Asia highly recommended cheap and reliable better than easyjet!). Langkawi not bad relativly undeveloped still. Then caught the ferry to Thailand and drove up to Koh Lanta Krabi provence. Highly recommend this island very chilled not so commercial.

Caught then another ferry to Phi Phi. Was dissapointed with Phi Phi, very commercial many dodgy characters too much like Palma Mallorca, shame. Diving was good though. Ferry to Phuket and flew back to KL.

All done in 2.5 weeks didnt feel stressed at all. Air Asia flights and ferries very cheap all hotels booked from searching online.

Highly recommend the Maya hotel in KL. Is opposite the towers and very nice rooms/service only 60euro per night, bargin.

Flew with Qatar from Munich via Doha 900euro.

Would have taken the East side (better diving but its monsoon season now).

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thank you.

i am staying with Malaysian friends and they are taking me around Malaysia... planning to see Penang, Cameron Highlands, KL and hopefully Sabah (as they have never been there themselves).

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OK, old thread, but thought I'd throw in my Malaysia experiences:

Food in Malacca, Malaysia

 

Go to the Portuguese Settlement near Malacca for a tasty outdoor meal.

 

I really miss the Q* business trips to Malaysia... what a cool place to visit!

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Then flew over to Langkawi (Air Asia highly recommended cheap and reliable better than easyjet!). Langkawi not bad relativly undeveloped still.

 

Quite funny. We spent New Year in Langkawi in about 1982? at the Langkawi Country Club - the only western style hotel on the island. Some of our friends flew there in private planes, but we plebs drove and took a ferry to the island - took about 2 hours I think. Nothing there, just empty beaches - our children swam around like little fishes in clear shallow water.

 

Life was good. :)

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Am going to Langkawi for a long weekend. Any updates anyone would like to make?

We'll be taking the wee one with us who is now a 17-month-old active toddler.

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Go to The Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi!

 

Privacy, beautiful views, monkeys on your balcony :), private beach, swimming pool,amazing breakfast, bungalows with sea view.

 

We went here with our then 2 year old daughter during our travelling through Singapore/Malaysia.

We had an amazing time and stayed even longer then planned.

Friendly staff,clean, gorgeous bungalows, massive balcony (we were right at the beach) and nice food (amazing breakfast).

 

Like I said our daughter was 2 and she loved every bit of it. It wasnt like every standard resort, it definitely had a special touch.

 

One of our trips there was to the Mangroves, it was very nice. Had your own boat and your own guide. Beautiful area, surroundings and different stops. One was at a batcave, dont forget to hold your partners hand ;)

 

P.S before going to this resort we had a look at the Sheraton hotel. Arriving there we noticed that there was one small swimming pool and rocks at the sea side (so no beach front).The hotel didnt look that impressive for the price you would pay for a standard room.The lady at the reception was exceptionally friendly and was very honest.When we were having a chat with her about the Island and our daughter she said: why dont you have a look at the resort next door.It is a hidden gem and it has a private beach,super for the little one.We had a look and stayed there till the end of our Langkawi adventure. One of the nicest places we stayed at in Asia,definitely the nicest one in Malaysia.

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Go to The Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi! Privacy, beautiful views, monkeys on your balcony , private beach, swimming pool,amazing breakfast, bungalows with sea view...

 

 

 

In this same spirit of keeping to high standards and as a continuation to retain relevance as a well-demanded hotel product; we are pleased to announce that Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi will undergo a comprehensive redevelopment - which will involve a reconstruction of the current property to a new luxury resort in coming years.

 

Therefore, Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi will be closed till further notice.

 

:( But thanks for the tip.

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I know this post is old but wanted to add to it as it was on the front page.

 

About 7 years ago (holy crap, it was 7 years ago) I went to Singapore and Malaysia with my girlfriend.

 

We spent 2 days in Singapore and didn't have enough time there just randomly walking around with no plan. Jumping in and out of shops and trying lots of food.

 

We spent 10 days in Malaysia, 5 in Kuala Lumpur....

 

and 5 on this little beach on the east coast called Cherating Beach. It looks a little more commercial now but when we went it was almost all to ourselves. We got there on a Saturday night and there were some locals having a bonfire on the beach and after that... no one on the beach but us. Look up, beach for a mile with no one, look down, beach for mile with no one. We found a guy with a boat that took us snorkelling out to "Snake Island" though he said there were no snakes for only $5. There were some little places that sold food and a bunch of places that rented little rooms right on the beach. We paid $7 a night for ours and you could almost walk outside and be on the sand. Little monkeys in the trees and even a little cafe that had 2 computers to rent to use the internet haha. The way I even found this tiny beach town was in a Lonely Planet book because there was a bar/hotel there called The Deadly Nightshade at the Shadow of the Moon at Half-Past Four. We went to this place and it was one guy at this like log cabin/treehouse type building and had some drinks with with him haha. It was awesome.

 

As for Kuala Lumpur... we did some site seeing and found a shopping mall that was like a football stadium but 10 stories tall that even had an amusement park in it. It took us like 3 days to go though that place. My ex really liked to bargin with the shop keepers there lol.

 

Speaking of bargaining, when we got there it was raining. We ducked into some little shop and my ex picked up an obviously fake Fendi umbrella. She asked how much and the guy told her $150.... she ended up buying it for $5.

 

Also, we went at the end of August and were in Kuala Lumpur during independence day. Streets were filled and the whole city was covered in flags.

 

Not sure how relevant all this is as it was 7 years ago but I loved Malaysia and thought the people were very friendly and the food was great.

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This thread makes me homesick. I lived for a decade in Singapore, the good part of my roaring twenties. Singapore is not just food and shopping to me, it's also rite of passage, hope and heart breaks, moments of ephiphany, love and friendship made and lost, party nights and dramatic career choices...plenty of life lessons. Well, other people in other places might have gone through similar journey in their twenties, but for me Singapore is special because i went through that journey there.

So, back to the touristy topic, beaches are not worth seeing, but if gambling is your thing, they have new massive casinos in Sentosa and Marina Bay. They are full of chinese tourists though, singapore government made new friendship with china ever since it was clear that china would be the new world powerhouse, and businesses have been very active from both directions.

There is massive rooftop swimming pool in marina bay sands, one of the casino/hotels. it is called infinity pool for a reason. If you enjoy swimming on 150m height from the ground in the open air in seemingly borderless pool that creates the impression that you could fall down the skyscraper if you get closer to the edge, then you will enjoy it.

Singapore is where you can see the wonders of commercialism at their best. Skyscrapers to impress, anything and anyone to trade, the power of money. For that reason it is much more fun to live and work in Singapore than just visit for a couple of days.

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I was in Langkawi for a mates wedding in Feb, really enjoyed it. Cheap as chips and some great restaurants. Make sure you eat at Restoran Hj Ramli, doesn't look like much, but it is amazing. Here is a pic of what it looks like.

 

Didn't too too many touristy things. Hired a scooter, cost about 8 Euros a day and drove around the island. Petrol is amazingly cheap. Did the cable car. Lots of cheap shopping, but everywhere has pretty much the same things.

 

Pantai Tengah has the better beach. Hardly anyone on that one. Pantai Chenang can be abit packed.

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For that reason it is much more fun to live and work in Singapore than just visit for a couple of days.

 

I agree. After my trip mentioned above to Singapore and Malaysia, I really wanted to live in Asia. I was teaching English in South Korea 2 months later. Close to the best year and a half of my life =)

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Hi

 

We have doen a similar trip three times, our favourite was the following itinery:

 

Singapore 3 nights

We went on the Singapore Flyer the first night (big wheel) do this at nighttime as the views are great

Botanical Gardens, these are stunning and free but do pay the little bit it costs to go into the Orchid Garden as it is really beautiful

Singapore Zoo at night time for the night safari

Raffles for afternoon tea

China town or Little India for some street food and Orchard Road for shopping

 

Then we got a coach to Melacca in Malaysia, we got a good deal with a coach company it dropped us to our hotel in Melacca (Equatorial hotel). You can get the train aswell which is probably more scenic but I have heard it is often delayed and drops you a little bit out of Melacca, the coach felt more convenient for us and took about 5 and half hours.

 

We stayed in Melacca for 2 nights and went to Jonker Street, did the Duck Tours (trip around Melacca followed by trip across the straits), the tower, canal boat trip and a ride in a rickshaw

 

We then got a taxi to KL Airports and we went to an island on the east coast called Redang this is beautiful we went there for 3 nights and just relaxed by the pool and on the pristine beach and snorkelled, we then got a plane back to KL and got on another one to Koh Samui in Thailand, we stayed here for 5 nights and then returned to KL and had 4 nights there.

 

On another trip after leaving Melacca we got a flight to the west coast islands - Langkawi (Beach garden Resort, basic but right on the beach and central location) for 3 nights, then Penang (Park Royal Hotel - we have been there 3 times we really like it) for 5 nights and finished off in KL for the last 4 nights.

 

In KL I would recommend the Traders Hotel, fab breakfasts, really nice views of the Petronas Towers and really central. When in KL I would recommend going to China Town, Petronas Towers, if you have kids go to Petrosans Science Museum inside Petronas Towers, go up the Menara Tower too. I also recommend Hakka Chinese Restaurant.

 

As others said the Cameron highlights is supposed to be a nice trip, we have not done that yet or Borneo which is also supposed to be nice.

 

For internal flights between Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia we always use Air Asia, cheap low cost airline we ahve got some really good deals with them in the past for example Langkawi to Penang cost us about 8 British Pounds for a family of 4, need to book as early as you can though. Also we used Berjaya Air for flight to Redang and Koh Samui they were also very good, infact when we flew with them they noticed on the passenger list it was my husbands birthday and made up a box of muffins, inside the box they had drawn lots of pictures and all the crew including the captain signed it with a nice message inside.

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I studied and worked in Singapore for 8 years, long enough to call the island my second home. What have been discussed really bring back old memories! Being to several cities Asia, I think strict rules in Singapore do help the country maintain its admiring position, though its safety isn't quite suitable for those who are looking for adventures :)

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Well, our mini-jaunt to Langkawi was very, very successful and very, very relaxing. Unfortunately, the cable car and overhead bridge were being worked on, so we didn't get to enjoy that. We enjoyed the night market (which travels around depending on the day of the week) since it was really the only place we could get real Malay food. But our favorite meal was actually at "Istanbul" a Turkish restaurant near our hotel (run by a native of Ankara). I know, I know, but we've been in Singapore for over a year and it was nice to get Döner!

 

We flew with Silk Air and because we had night flights both ways, had 4 full days of beach to enjoy.

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