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Am I krazy to want to go to KL & Meleka around Chinese New Year?

Posted by altmtl on 18/10/2012 at 09:11

I'm thinking of going to KL and Meleka around Chinese New Year - From what I'm hearing and reading, things are pretty much booked during this time and a lot of people also leave town. Transport is a mess and many things are closes or overcrowded.I wonder what my chances of finding a couch or an affordable guesthouse are around this time? I usually never book a room in advance, but maybe this time it would be a good idea.

I was thinking of arriving the around the 3rd or 4th in Kl by night train from Hat Yai - Then going to Meleka on the 9th and fly out on the 13th - to PP, Cambodia. CNY is the 10th

What do you think?

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Posted by caseyprich on 18/10/2012 at 17:56

I spent most of Chinese New Year in Langkawi last year but ended up catching the tail end of it in KL - some fun fireworks displays by the Chinese food street in Bukit Bintang (the location I highly recommend you scout out for a spot to stay). China town was absolutely dead the entire time (save for the temples), and we found that the city itself didn't seem any extra lively except for the evening gatherings near the food street as mentioned. Did play it safe though and have our rooms booked in advance.

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Posted by altmtl on 20/10/2012 at 18:57

As I keep looking into the logistics of all this, it would be the only part of my trip (8 days) in which I would book everything in advance... There are so many variables & things that may change along the way... I may consider just going to Trang instead and save the KL/Meleka trip for a later date when things are more "normal" - http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/308943/ - it also implies I have to get a single entry visa as I'll be around more than 30 days.

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Posted by AbgAcid on 22/10/2012 at 21:59

Hi altmtl,
You may get accomodation at KL, as most of the city folks have gone away, and not many locals will want to go to KL during the festive season mentioned. Most will go back to their respective villages. Moving around in public transport will also be easy as there will be much less commuters.

However, interstate coaches and taxis will definitely be fully booked up. Trains and flights will be full too. So meaning, to get a ticket from KL will be difficult for you. Furthermore, Melaka is a favourite retreat for holiday makers too. City people from KL who dont celebrate CNY will move around to places like these. You may need to prebook accomodation Melaka .

Hope this help.
have a good time in Malaysia

Acid

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Posted by ericgsmith on 23/10/2012 at 00:20

Hi there,

How early do you think buses and trains will start to book out? I'm flying into Singapore on 5th Feb and hoping to get to KL by 7th or 8th. I imagine the causeway could be hell to cross with a lot of people leaving around then. Do you think the 7th is early enough so get to KL?

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Posted by AbgAcid on 23/10/2012 at 01:10

Hi ericgsmith,
Since chinese new year falls on on Sunday 10 feb, thus school will start to close on Friday 8th february. that is the peak season.

On 7th, people have started moving, and you may not be able to get a ticket.I suggest get out as early as you can from Singapore.Most singpaoreans have roots in Malaysia, thus they are most likely be travelling home.

regards

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Posted by ericgsmith on 15/12/2012 at 22:04

Thanks for your reply.

I've booked tickets from JB Sentral to KL on 7th leaving at 2pm. Hope to be able to make it across from Singapore the morning of the 7th.

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Posted by altmtl on 16/12/2012 at 01:43

In the end I've decided not to go to Malaysia. So I'll most likely be in Trang, Thailand for CNY, but again I could end up someone else, but it will still be Thailand.

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Posted by AbgAcid on 25/12/2012 at 21:15

Eric,
Great,.. if its early morning on the 7th I think you wont have much problem getting to JB. Its realtively close. Have a pleasant holidays in Malaysia, Im sue you will like the festival going on during the CNY.

AA

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Posted by AbgAcid on 25/12/2012 at 21:18

altmtl,
Trang is a good place to be , not a large city and not too touristy. TYhere are little islands at Trang Province which you may find some peace and solitue. I had just came back fromKoh Libong. Very idylic island it is.

AA

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Posted by ericgsmith on 7/2/2013 at 23:34

Thanks AA - no trouble at all getting out of Singapore on the 7th. Left around 9am and there wasn't any hold ups with traffic to the causeway. Took the yellow direct bus and was there in like 20mins. No queues at either checkpoints - was happily in Malaysia by around 10.

Looking forward to the new year!

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Posted by ragbird on 7/3/2013 at 03:20

The short answer is yes. But i gues u know that by now lol

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Posted by altmtl on 11/3/2013 at 07:52

I went to Bangkok instead, but basically was put off by the crowds in Chinatown - so lesson learned - next time go again to a small town, which I've done in the past.

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