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Malaysia Trip

Posted by CReneFriborg on 12/11/2012 at 22:42

My family and I are planning to go to Malaysia this coming December. But we are still thinking if we should also visit Singapore since it is near, any advice? I also need some tourist destinations in Malaysia where my kids would enjoy. Thanks in advance.

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Posted by caseyprich on 13/11/2012 at 06:06

I'd say 1st - Singapore depends on how much time you have, and if you want to see mostly city, shopping and food.

2nd - not sure what your kids want to do in Malaysia - there is a really cool bookstore in the mall at the base of the Petronas Towers that offers some really interesting Malaysian (w/ English) comic books (could be a good part of visiting that site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat). Otherwise, there are some very family friendly beach options in Langkawi if you want to do some relaxing and beach activities . . . I've heard good things about the KL zoo, but not gone myself . . Batu Caves really can't be that interesting for goods except for the monkeys who want to eat garbage as you climb the steps.

I feel like I'm not being very helpful with this . . . but that bookstore is great.

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Posted by CReneFriborg on 13/11/2012 at 17:27

My family and I are planning to visit those two countries for a week. Do you think it is enough? or should we consider more time in order to enjoy the two countries? Thanks for suggesting interesting places in Malaysia, caseyprich.


One more question, how about Singapore? What places would you suggest? Thanks!

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Posted by Ecoteer on 17/11/2012 at 01:54

If you have kids you have to go to Legoland in Johor which is the most southerly Malaysian State next to Singapore. It has recently opened so should be good, I havent been there personally yet though.

You could also go to Malacca on your way up to KL from Singapore.

If your kids like adventure activities then try going to Bukit Kinding near to Ipoh for the day. There they can go on Malaysia's longest flying fox, zorbing, kayaking, mountain biking etc. Its quite new though. It is run by an organisation called FUZE Outdoor Events.

Another thing is checking out the fire flies near to Kuala Selangor.

I would also hire a car and travel independently, driving in Malaysia is very easy and they drive on the same side as in the UK.

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 17/11/2012 at 06:03

If you only have 1 week, I'd recommend basing yourself in one place (two max) and exploring what's nearby, rather than rushing about from place to place the entire time, especially with kids in tow.

You haven't mentioned what age your kids are, where you're flying in and out from, or what your interests are, so I'll only make some general suggestions.

Idea one: Singapore has plenty of family-friendly activities (zoo, bird park, botanical gardens for running around, sentosa island, boat trips on the singapore river, etc.) so you could easily base yourself there for a week, with perhaps a day trip to Legoland, as suggested above. But Singapore is a big, modern city. Is that what you want?

Option two: KL is another big city with enough attactions to keep a family happy for several days (Petronas Tower, science centre, zoo, nature reserve, etc). Malacca is 2-3 hours away and makes a nice couple of days, wandering the colonial old town. It has a bunch of small museums (none of which are amazing as an adult, but I think kids would find some of them diverting for a couple of hours).

Option three: Looking at the north of Malaysia instead, Penang has another nice old town to explore (house museums, the old fort) plus nearby are botanical gardens, some beaches, etc.

Hope that helps.
Antonia

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Posted by somtam2000 on 18/11/2012 at 00:30 admin

Hi Christian,
I'm in Malaysia at the moment on the east coast - have a few thoughts, but first, how old are your kids? If they are young perhaps Singapore, Melaka and Legoland (fm Sg). If teenagers, skip Legoland.

Cheers

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Posted by CReneFriborg on 18/11/2012 at 19:06

Thanks for your replies guys. By the way, I have 2 kids, one is 7 (boy)( and the other is 4 (girl). Well, based on your suggestion, I think we should stay in Malaysia for a week and explore the city. I think Legoland would be perfect for my kids, as well as other kid-friendly destinations.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/11/2012 at 02:56 admin

I took my two (4&5) to Legoland a month or so ago -- they loved it, though a lot of the good rides have a minimum age of 8 which they were not happy about! Pack sunscreen and a hat as there is little shade there -- will have a story about it up this week,

Cheers

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Posted by Ecoteer on 19/11/2012 at 03:25

Just hear about the newly opened water park at ICity in Kuala Lumpur. Check out I-city its a winter wonderland of lights should be good for your kids :-)

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Posted by CReneFriborg on 19/11/2012 at 17:09

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will surely include Legoland and ICity in our Malaysia itinerary. :)

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Posted by buland on 28/11/2012 at 05:56

i got some useful information about site. next year i planned to visit malaysia. hope it will helps me a lot

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Posted by chinarocks on 28/11/2012 at 10:56

This buland guy cracks me up :-)

Insightful advice indeed...

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Posted by CReneFriborg on 28/11/2012 at 17:26

They gave a lot of insightful advice! My family and I are excited for our Malaysia trip next week! :)

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