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Southern Thailand or Malaysia in September?

Posted by danielleamy on 25/6/2017 at 13:26

Hi travelfish community,
My boyfriend and I are setting out for 4.5 months in Southeast Asia from September. At the moment our loose itinerary is as follows:
September (3 weeks): ??
October/November (9 weeks): Northern Thailand / Cambodia / Laos / Vietnam
December (2.5 weeks): Philippines

For September we're tossing up between Malaysia or Southern Thailand and that's where I'd appreciate your advice and opinions.

More about us:
- Experienced travelers in our late 20s. This is our first significant trip to Asia
- Likes: Beaches, culture, nature, food
- Dislikes: We're not massive party-goers, and don't enjoy places that are too crowded / over commercialised

Other thoughts:
- Malaysia will require at least one additional flight (KUL > BKK), plus a second if we'd like to visit the East. We're backpackers, although not on a super strict budget. Is it worth the additional cost when we only have max 3 weeks?
- In my mind Malaysia is more authentic and Southern Thailand over commercial. Am I right?
- Should weather play a factor in the decision between the two?

Thanks in advance!

#1 danielleamy has been a member since 25/6/2017. Posts: 1

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/6/2017 at 03:17 admin

A couple of thoughts.

East coast Malaysia sees decent weather in September, so you could do something like Kuala Lumpur then Taman Negara National Park then Kota Bharu then the Perhentian Islands before crossing into southern Thailand, say Hat Yai for a flight to Chiang Mai (p'haps via Bkk) - or overnight train.

The above would easily fit into three weeks.

Parts of southern Thailand are commercial, but it is a big place! The bigger problem is the weather in that west coast southern Thailand is pretty wet in Sept.


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Posted by amnicoll on 27/6/2017 at 06:44

Southern Thailand is as Somtam says big and when people say this they are usually referring to the Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui areas

There are however plenty of places that are not really on the radar and are not "commercial". You may wish to avoid the 5 southern provinces but I am a regular visitor down there and love it.

Southern Thailand and Malaysia may look like a small area but the weather can be very different so worth checking some weather maps if you want to increase chances of sun

#3 amnicoll has been a member since 10/1/2005. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 976

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