Trip to Malaysia Recommendations.
Recommendations for must see stuff?
Is the trip out to Panang worth it?
Any suggestions for nice resort type hotels we can stay in for a few days?
We have two kids with us.
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I think the only reason to base out of K.L. is for the cheap flights from AirAsia since that's a main hub.
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always wanted to try the fireflies tour,Was mosquito bite a problem?
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What's wrong with Penang? The Islands sound nice. I'll have to look for flights I guess. Any recommendations where to stay?Mr Bean wrote: ↑We did 6 days in Malaysia - 4 in KL and 2 in Langkawi. Its absolutely beautiful and cheap. I would highly recommend Langkawi Islands. I had researched on Panang and decided against it.
Ours was a budget trip. In KL, we did Batu Caves, Petronas light show, KidZania, all the street markets - Chinese, Kasturi Walk, Little India, Tamil temple, mosque, Chinese temple.
We're actually staying just outside of KL in Selangor, near Petaling Jaya. We are staying with family, so free is hard to argue with. For Panang I was hesitating between Georgetown or Batu. This will only be for a few days in the trip. Is Batu Ferringhi that bad? The Parkroyal looked well priced.thriftshopper wrote: ↑
I would not base out of K.L. as it isn't very interesting nor ever was, other than for the food.
I'd highly recommend both Penang and Malacca/Melaka for the cultural heritage. Stay at the E&O in Georgetown (rooms are over 500 s.f. so you might be able to get everyone in one room - quite affordable too if you can find special rates) as it is steps from Georgetown. I'd avoid Batu Ferringhi as it is incredibly built up.
Driving on the wrong side? No thanks!thriftshopper wrote: ↑Being in KL does give you more choice of internal flights but between AK, OD (Malindo) and FY (Firefly - MAS LCC), there's possibilities to fly to other parts of Malaysia w/o going through KUL/SZB. The OP should also consider driving. Not a bad way to get around as long as one doesn't require shift-your-brain-to-neutral driving style we have here. Just dd KUL-Johor Bahru and back w/o incident. GPS helps too (Garmin maps free through malsingmaps.com)
May 11th, 2019 5:40 pm
So what's there to do in Kota Kinabalu if you don't have relatives there? I see there are some cheap flights from Manila with Cebu-Pacific.aznrsx1979 wrote: ↑ I think the only reason to base out of K.L. is for the cheap flights from AirAsia since that's a main hub.
But I agree, I wouldn't spend much time there...even for food.
I'd much rather go to Penang/Georgetown & Malacca for the food and the heritage (there are many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Penang & Malacca) and Langkawi for beaches.
Personally, I enjoy spending more of my time on the Borneo (Kota Kinabalu) side...mostly cause I was born there and most of my relatives are still there.
May 11th, 2019 9:36 pm
thank you Dr. but I prefer to trust the centre for disease control for rural area where fireflies can be viewed:
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In Kota Kinabalu, I'd say the top things to do would be the night markets along the waterfront, Gaya Street weekend market, climbing Mt Kinabalu, take a 30-45 min boat ride from Jesselton Point to some of the smaller islands like Sapi Island and there's also the zipline from island to island called Coral Flyer. It's fun to try once but that's about it.
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Like I said, I only had 6 days, so I had to choose. Overall, I thought Langkawi was more beautiful and scenic. I dont regret it at all.
May 12th, 2019 9:46 pm
That's new. I went to the Vancouver travel clinic (earlier part of the trip was going to Flores island which has more nasty stuff). AFAIK there is no malaria risk in peninsular Malaysia (the U.K. health authority certainly doesn't think so) and that was what the travel clinic advised at the time. I also question if chloroquine is even effective anymore, anywhere. I'd take doxycycline instead.goldenball wrote: ↑ thank you Dr. but I prefer to trust the centre for disease control for rural area where fireflies can be viewed:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook ... seldyfm879
May 12th, 2019 9:55 pm
If you go to the bowels of KL sentral rail bus station, they're offering a round trip bus ride, meal + admission for a ridiculously-low price. Equivalent of CAD 35 or even much less?skyblue12 wrote: ↑ 1. genting highlands is about an hour away from KL. not much to do since you will be with 2 kids (though if you want to hit up the casino after they're asleep you can XD). you can still walk around the mall though and skytropolis is now open (mini-amusement park area that your kids might enjoy). the weather is also really cool up there in case you need a break from the heat. you can also visit batu caves, which is on the way.
The place has changed a lot since I went there in the late '60s (went back again in 2013 and 2015). Very crowded, built up (i.e., high rise apartments and hotels, but no significant addition of road infrastructure). Lots of greenhouses and reportedly lot of chemicals used in agriculture. I've heard rumours that it has one of the highest incidence rates of cancer in Malaysia.3. cameron highlands is about 3-4 hours away from KL. I haven't had a chance to go there myself yet, but I've heard many good things about it.
May 12th, 2019 10:31 pm
We traveled throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bali, Thailand and Malaysia and had researched required shots. Malaria and Dengue were not among them.
May 12th, 2019 10:41 pm
No effective prophylactic treatment (i.e., vaccine) for Dengue other than to avoid getting probed.
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