a week or not in Malaysia
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 12:33 AM Last Post By: aarbain
Apr 2, 2013 8:49 AM
a week or not in MalaysiaI will be back to Thailand in 1 week. country I have already been and love it ( everything)
I was thinking of visiting for a week or so next door Malaysia.
Hum! everyone told me now, that I will be disappointed and should better stay in Thailand.
argument are: not so much fun, people are colder (due to religion) food isn't better service is very strict and it is more expensive etc..
Your opinion? any contradictions? should I buy a Airasia ticket or not, and to do what and where?
please note: my interests go architecture (old but also new), cultures, meet people local and travellers, food and happiness..
Apr 2, 2013 11:24 AM
1difficult to answer
i have been to thailand at least 30 times and i love thailand. the first time i went to malaysia was after 2 months backpacking around indonesia, and at that time for me malaysia was too modern, to clean and too well organised for me (it was great, but just too sterile for me). i have since been back to malaysia several times, and love it as well. in georgetown (penang) you will find the most amazing food night market ever.
Apr 2, 2013 12:01 PM
Apr 2, 2013 5:33 PM
3If you are in the south of Thailand you can just keep going to Penang and spend your time in MY there - it is a good place to pickup a 60 day Thai visa too (not for a long weekend as the consulate will be closed - but you said 'for a week or so'). You can combine it with a trip through Langkawi. You can also go to North Sumatra for a few days (Bukit Lawang for orang-utans and trekking and/or Danau Toba for Batak culture). Air Asia flies to BKK directly from Medan.
Apr 2, 2013 6:50 PM
4Budget hotels are generally better value in Thailand, whereas 5* hotels are cheaper in MY. Food in local places in Thailand is cheaper than food in local places in MY, but food in tourist places in TH is a bit expensive.
Penang is a good place for architecture and culture. Yes try and get a cheap flight to Penang for a few nights.
Apr 2, 2013 7:14 PM
5My personal opinion, both places are good. There are always good and bad everywhere you go. I have been to Penang and people are so kind and nice, beside food is great. I have been to Phuket, they charged everything so expensive and so touristy. There are always people like that.
I mean if you plan for a week then, about architecture...Thailand is mainly thai architecture but Malaysia is more of mixes. You can go to both places in a week because Air Asia will stop at LCCT in Kuala Lumpur anyway. I suggest you to go to Penang for heritages architecture. They have tour like heritage trail which is good to visit.
Thailand then you can go to Bangkok like temples, or Ayutthaya for old ancient ruins..pretty cool. It is more than enough time for a week to see things around both country. Air Asia is fine, low cost but they have lots of schedules from TH to KL or Penang but you have to buy extra luggages fee and insurance if you are not sure about it, I think it is the cheapest comparing to Bangkok Airway or Thai Airway. Where are you coming from anyway? Jetstar is alright, but there are limited flight per day.
You can look around the website, I mean if you are planning to come to Thailand right now..it is almost peak season (Thai New Year) it will be more expensive than usual but in Malaysia it is ok, middle season but both countries' weather are hot and humid so you have to consider that as well if you want to take time walking in sunlight all day, you may get sunburnt.
Apr 2, 2013 7:35 PM
Apr 3, 2013 12:39 AM
Apr 3, 2013 1:43 AM
8Thanks for your comments.
Jetstar didn't know that airlines cie, thanks.
Lucapal quoted: If i had to choose Penang or Phuket/Pattaya it would be an easy choice........Not sure I understand , how i have to understand this?
note: no one say anything about the contact with the locals? are there as many tourists in Malaysia as in Thaland? apart from Penang any others interesting places?
what about the new capital architecture, sorry can't remember the name of the capital right now.
Sumatra? no idea if worth for few days (not very much interesting but urang utans. anything else there? but thanks for the tips about direct fly from BKK.
Apr 3, 2013 1:52 AM
Apr 3, 2013 1:56 AM
Also you can see parts of Putrajaya when you fly into KL, or when taking the train from KLIA to KL.
Apr 3, 2013 2:24 AM
Apr 3, 2013 2:38 AM
12If your interest in architecture, cultures, locals & food then Penang, Malaysia will suite you. Here's a few things to back it up.
For world heritage UNESCO site.
For food a must would be Assam Laksa Penang & Char Kuew Teow
For hotel you could check out Yeng Keng or Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
All the best!
Apr 3, 2013 6:01 AM
Apr 8, 2013 12:32 AM
14OP, I see that you are interested in culture. Well, you really can't compare Thailand and Malaysia. They are different.
There is food. In Malaysia you get a Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines.
Different religion also plays a major part in local culture. You can visit mosques, hindu temples and chinese temple. Also churches.
There is also the British colonial legacy, evident in some old buildings.
These are some of the the differences that I have observed if you come down from Thailand.
If you go further to Indonesia, the food and cultural mix will be different again.
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