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Route advice; 4 weeks Peninsular Malaysia and 3 weeks East Malaysia

Posted by GhostOfTomJoad on 31/1/2013 at 04:28

Posted from within Vietnam.

I am arriving in Kuala Lumpur on the 10th of Feb, I have been traveling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam for the past 3 months and while i researched them to death before i left Malaysia has been a decision i made during the trip, so i havent been able to research it really at all.

I want to visit Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands, somewhere on the east coast (an island maybe?) and Melaka, before finishing in Singapore. What is the best route to do this? Clockwise, counterclockwise or what? I don't mind backtracking to Kuala Lumpur (I ended up in Phnom Penh 3 times while i was in Cambodia). Also, is there anywhere else i have failed to mention that would be worth while? I like to spend more time in less places, but if there is "must see" location i have missed let me know. I like nature, independent trekking, chilling out on islands, but don't mind a bit of everything really.

For Borneo, i'm going to fly from Singapore to Kutching, then to Miri, Kota Kinabalu and Sepilok to see the orangutans. Is this feasible? I have given myself the time for the journeys and for anywhere else i might want to go, and since i will get 90 days visa exemption, i can stay for as long as i need to (within reason).

One more thing, i was thinking of giving Brunei a week, however almost everything ive seen only mentions diving and not really much else, I don't dive and don't have the money to learn, so is Brunei worth it for a non-diver?

Thanks everyone!

Edit: I was also thinking of going to Ipoh.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 31/1/2013 at 22:50 admin

Weatherwise, leave the east coast islands till the last as Feb is the tail end of the monsoon so some will still be closed. I really liked Kuala Terrenganu on the east coast - there isn't all that much to do there, I just liked the town... weather allowing there are islands visitable from here.

Otherwise Taman Negara - best way too and from Kuala Lumpur to there is by bus. The train runs at night and it is far faster to and from by bus. Can't comment on the Cameron Highlands, but this post may be useful . Penang, Georgetown in particular, is great. Awesome food.

I was in Langkawi last year and was pleasantly surprised by it, as I'd always written it off as a tourist trap -- so you could potentially go from KL all way up to Langkawi and work your way back south via Penang, Highlands, KL and as far as Melaka, then get the train back up to Kota Bharu to hit the east coast islands (weather permitting). Finish that then a long bus (or cheap flight) down to Singapore.

I've not been to Malaysian Borneo, so can't help with that bit sorry.

Few more links:
Trekking in TamanNegara
Where to stay in Goergetown

Cheers

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Posted by Bimp on 3/2/2013 at 01:16

Hi Ghost of Tom J-oad:

Here is my reply:


I am arriving in Kuala Lumpur on the 10th of Feb, I have been traveling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam for the past 3 months and while i researched them to death before i left Malaysia has been a decision i made during the trip, so i havent been able to research it really at all.

I want to visit Kuala Lumpur, Penang , Taman Negara , Cameron Highlands, somewhere on the east coast (an island maybe?) and Melaka, before finishing in Singapore. What is the best route to do this? Clockwise, counterclockwise or what? For Borneo, i'm going to fly from Singapore to Kutching, then to Miri , Kota Kinabalu and Sepilok to see the orangutans. Is this feasible? I have given myself the time for the journeys and for anywhere else i might want to go, and since i will get 90 days visa exemption, i can stay for as long as i need to (within reason).

One more thing, i was thinking of giving Brunei a week, however almost everything ive seen only mentions diving and not really much else, I don't dive and don't have the money to learn, so is Brunei worth it for a non-diver?

Thanks everyone!

Edit: I was also thinking of going to Ipoh.
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Bimp: You will end up in Kuala Lumpur first. Then go north to Penang. From there, take a ferry to Langkawi island. You may be able to look for cheap accomodation when you are there. Pantai Cenang is the happening place to be. Though at nite, i dont see any pubs there but there are many restaurants around from mexican to italians or local dish. You can even take the ferry to go to Thailand Koh Phi Phi island, South Thailand and then come back. There are some travel agents there that can pick you up from your hotel and send you to jetty . You book your hotel in Koh Phi Phi island when you reach there. After a nite or 2 there. you can return to Langkawi.

Then you return to Langkawi island and you can take the ferry to go to Penang island or mainland Penang. I wont recommend you miss Penang because there is so much history and culture there, not to mention the food. You can spend 1-2 nites in Penang, then go downwards to Taman Negara and Cameron Highland for your tour. Then return back to Kuala Lumpur.

From Kuala Lumpur, you can take the Coach to Singapore. Previously i used to travel with AEroline coach (aeroline.com.my). They are very comfortable and they serve light snacks. it is a double decker coach. The cheaper ones would be Consortium Bus co. They have a counter at Golden Mile Mall Singapore, From Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, used to be around Sgd28for bus ticket.

To travel from Singapore to Kuching, Try Tigerairways.com for cheap flights from Singapore to Kuching.

From Kuching, I recommend that you make a trip to Mulu National Park. It is not to be missed. Esp. the 5D Headhunter's trail or the 4D Mulu Pinnacles Tour. If you take the Headhunter's tour, you can end up in Labuan Sabah. From there, you can take the ferry to go to Kota Kinabalu. You can go snorkelling here at Manukan Island or Sapi island to see the huge monitor lizards there.

If you want to visit Brunei, I recommend just 1 nite there. Just to have a city tour etc. not much there. You can go from Miri by road to Brunei. Overnight in Brunei, then return to Miri, then go for your Mulu Pinnacles tour or the Headhunter's tour. For Mulu Tour, try BorneoTropicalAdventures.com.
( So your route shoud be: Kuching-Miri-Brunei-Miri-Mulu-Labuan-Kota Kinabalu)

From Kota Kinabalu, you are recommended to fly to Sandakan to see the Sepilok orang utan there. Use Maswings.com.my to book your tickets.

If you have the budget, do visit Sipadan island, one of the great wonders in the world for their beautiful corals and have turtles swimming around you. To save costs, you can take bus from Sandakan to Tawau or fly with MASwings airline. From there, arrange for stay at Semporna town, This is where people set off to go diving at Sipadan island or Mabul island/ Mataking island and many others.



Wow! i hope you find my thoughts and tips helpful!

Snip:Edit by Somtam2000

cheers!

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