My friend and I (both female, early 20s) are booked to go to Thailand, her for 4 weeks and me joining her for the last 2. There is a chance we might have to rearrange or leave when we get there because of the ongoing problems. Originally our plans included Bangkok, some smaller towns and villages, national park (jungle-like but quite accessible) and island hopping, beaches, maybe scuba diving.
I was wondering how we might plan a similar trip in a similar time frame if we ended up going to Malaysia instead? We've both been swatting up on Thai guide books and advice so don't know anything about Malaysia and what it has to offer! Our budget is pretty average, we don't need fancy hotels but will happily pay for safety.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#1 bluebelle has been a member since 13/4/2010. Posts: 15
When are you looking at going -- weather considerations will influence what kind of recommendations you'll get (east coast/west coast etc).
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,644
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She's leaving on sunday (hopefully) and me 2 weeks later sorry!
#3 bluebelle has been a member since 13/4/2010. Posts: 15
Jungle - Taman Negara park (trekking, wildlife viewing, camping)
Nature - Cameron Highlands (trekking, tea plantations, cooler weather)
History - Penang or Melaka
Beaches - Perhentian Islands, Tioman Island, Langkawi
And that's just Western Malaysia -- Borneo (East Malaysia) is great, too.
Penang, Perhentians and Melaka are definitely on my list. Melaka was the most surprising of all if you want to experience a bit of authentic Malaysian culture Perhentians are really rustic and beautiful. Langkawi was a bit pricey and a bit touristy, and if you don't want to spend a fortune on taxis you will need to hire a scooter or a car.
Otherwise, you can always catch a bus into Southern Thailand from Malaysia if you want to see a bit of Southern Thailand. Just note that you only get a 15 day visa at the overland border post.
#5 mjgaylord has been a member since 12/7/2009. Posts: 2