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Malasya not touristy

Posted by Pokol on 19/7/2015 at 20:21

I'm going to Malasya from Thailand and I'll be there for a week. I will be going to Penang first and I want to travel down all the way to Singapore. I really don't want to get into touristy things,I'm want to get into Malasyan culture so I was wondering if anybody knows any city or town, preferably on the west coast which is nice in that way.
Thanks so much!

#1 Pokol has been a member since 26/8/2009. Posts: 38

Posted by Gogomobile on 20/7/2015 at 04:19

Eat spicy food and go shopping. That is local culture.

#2 Gogomobile has been a member since 14/4/2015. Posts: 412

Posted by withluck on 20/7/2015 at 10:22

There are a few cities and towns that are worth for visiting. From northern Malaysia, you can visit Alor Setar and Penang. In central Malaysia, you may stop at Taiping, Kuala Sepetang (formerly known as Port Weld), Ipoh, Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lumpur, Ketam Island, Genting (for casino and outdoor theme park is not ready at this time). Southern Malaysia cities/town are Port Dickson, Malacca, Tanjung Piai and Kukup National Park. For birds watching, it is better that you look some Malaysia national or state parks.

The transport connections between cities to towns may be limited. It is best to have your own transportation or hire a chauffeur.

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#3 withluck has been a member since 27/4/2014. Location: Malaysia. Posts: 17

Posted by antoniamitchell on 20/7/2015 at 15:00

Hi there,
Penang is quite touristy, but the main local activity there is easy for tourists to get into - eating! Eat everything, as frequently as you can.

If you want non-touristy destinations, I'd avoid Melaka and the Cameron Highlands (both very touristy). Taiping is decent smaller town, not too touristy, and could be a good base to explore the surrounding area. Ipoh is also not too touristy, but it was a bit ugly (in my opinion) and has a larger town feel than Taiping. KL has everything you'd expect from a capital city (loads to see and do) but because it's so big and modern it can feel a bit Westernised, and if you're going to be in Singapore anyway, you probably want something different.

I haven't visited half the places withluck mentioned - there may be some gems there.

I found the bus network was perfectly adequate and convenient to get from town to town, so you're unlikely to need to hire a car or a chauffeur.

Also, a week really isn't very much time at all, so I'd suggest you limit yourself to no more than 1 other place between Penang and Singapore. If I were you, I'd probably pick a smaller, quieter place, to give some contrast to the big city feel of SIN, and the tourist-hoards of Penang. I'd also ensure I picked someplace that was fairly quick and easy to get to - you don't want to waste too much time moving from place to place, if you've only got a week.

Have fun!

#4 antoniamitchell has been a member since 13/5/2012. Posts: 566

Posted by neilmason on 25/7/2015 at 17:05

Taiping is a good town to stop in without the usual touristy things. It has a really good zoo and night safari, and the trip up Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) is interesting.

Melaka is worth a stop for its food, and has lots of guesthouses in Chinatown that have been converted from old shophouses.

#5 neilmason has been a member since 31/12/2012. Posts: 45

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