If I am reading the weather charts correctly it seems that August is not overly affected by the monsoon seasons in Malaysia.
Any one able to confirm this is correct?
That being the case would appreciate some itinerary suggestions for a 3 week stay in Malaysia. We have a preference for coastal stays but glad to consider any other possibilities.
Thank you in advance
#1 ChrisM48 has been a member since 12/12/2006. Posts: 17
Yes , certainly its a good month to stay in Malaysia. East coast, Redang island and perhentians are its best season.
Even the west coast , langkawi is good for a visit at that time of the year.
Thanks for the advice. We were thinking along the lines as follows:
Arrive KL and spend 2 nights
?fly to Langkawi 4 nights
Langkawi to Penang 4 nights
Penang to Highlands 2 nights
Highlands to KL and then on to Melaka 4 or 5 nights.
Finish with 2 or 3 nights in KL
By the sound of it, may scratch Langkawi with option of heading too Perhentian but don't want to be doing a lot of back tracking if possible. We are more beach/coast people.
Is this doable?
#3 ChrisM48 has been a member since 12/12/2006. Posts: 17
Your itenery is definitely Ok. No worry about it. The perhentians are very small islands,.. and are the backpackers paradise. Everything is close to each other, you just need to walk. and there is no vehicles , very laid back. Langkawi on the other hand caters to all levels, inluding the jet set millionaires. The interesting places are scattered around and you need motorised transport to move around.
Highland?. There are 3 vacation highlands in Malaysia. Genting Hinglands (casino), Fraser's Hill and the welknown holiday retreat Cameron Highlands.
All the best, have fun
I have taken 3 trips to Malaysia in August/September and the weather is fine, if it does rain its usually overnight or only for a couple of hours and shouldn't stop you doing what you want. May I ask why you are doing KL at the start and end of your trip? I would do it at the end, the airport is 75kms from the city and if you have no firm reason to go at the start it seems like a waste to travel in and back twice. You can take the fast train from the international terminal (28mins I think about $15 I haven't taken it for a while), taxi (pricey) or airport bus from low cost carrier terminal or international to KL sentral (train station / mono rail)for about $3, private transfers are expensive and unnecessary.
I would arrive and if possible fly straight to Langkawi or Penang (air asia have about 12 flights a day from the LCC ) . Langkawi has a better beach scene, you will want to stay around Pantai Cenang, which has a great beach and all the choice of accommodation, the other beaches are brilliant but are taken up with pricey 5 star resorts. Hiring a car is cheap and its very laid back and easy to get around. Penang has beaches but they are not as good, however if you stay around Batu Ferrangi you do get the best beach and if you like food I think Penang has the best food in Malaysia. If you have a badly timed flight into KL the best cheapest option to stay around the airport is the Tune Hotel at the LCC around $40 room, its new, clean, small rooms but good for a quick stopover while waiting for a flight.
I haven't been to Frasers or Cameron highlands but have been to Genting, its cheesy, fun for a day if you have nothing else to do but wouldn't stay here.
I hear the Perhentians are nice (haven't been) I have been told Tioman is stunning (and tax free like Langkawi) but I can recommend Redang the snorkling in the marine park was brilliant and its not over developed (yet).
Air Asia is brilliant, cheap and reliable and I couldn't think of a better way to travel between destinations, I must have taken in excess of 20 flights with them and never once have they let me down, but do take heed of the the baggage allowances and pay extra when you book if you have to or they will sting you for excess baggage and don't be late for your flight, they are ultra strict on the check in closing times. Travel safe :)