Ideas for Singapore - Bangkok trip
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Sep 2, 2012 8:30 PM Last Post By: ts298
Aug 14, 2012 5:02 AM
I've never been to Thailand or Malaysia before. I was thinking of doing sort of learning trip by flying in to Singapore and traveling the peninsula up and departing from Bangkok. I have ~14-18 days while there and I'm traveling alone.
I would prefer not to be on the move every day so I guess I'm looking for good ideas about top spots in in both countries with a plausible route (with train?).
Aug 14, 2012 6:00 AM
114-18 days is barely enough for just Thailand. I'd stick to one of the countries.
Before anyone can give you suggestions, you need to say what you are interested in, what your budget is, what kind of traveler you are, etc. Thailand is a lot more diverse and there isn't places where absolutely everyone needs to see. Like music or film, there are different places for people with different tastes and preferences.
Aug 14, 2012 6:26 AM
2Hey you're absolutely correct about the time! I should've been more clear in that I want to pop in and get the vibe of the countries and if I like I it can always come back! Timetable for this trip would around next jan/feb.
I like outdoor activities and some partying but I'm not that young guy anymore so some comfort and quiet is appreciated. I was hoping to keep it around 1000-1300e in plus flights in and out.
I don't know much about Malaysia so I'm completely at loss about what to see there. In Thailand I was thinking about maybe seeing island or two in the south then heading straight (maybe by plane?) to see Bangkok and Pattaya and mayyyyybe have a peek of Chiang Mai too?
Aug 14, 2012 7:10 AM
3Two islands would probably take 3 days each if not more. Chiang Mai would be another 3. Bangkok, 3. Pattaya 3. That's over 2 weeks. You might like Koh Pangan as it has a mix between parties and relaxed atmosphere. Koh Tao might be good as well.
Not sure what to tell you about Malaysia. Ask around that branch.
Aug 14, 2012 11:12 AM
4You're probably right about three locations being more sensible time-wise. I definitely want to go see an island so maybe I'll leave the final destination open and decide where to go at Bangkok.
If I time it right I could go to a full moon or a half moon party at Koh Phangan, is there difference or are they all the same?
Aug 14, 2012 1:00 PM
Aug 14, 2012 1:06 PM
6Hi, If u want to explore a bit of Malaysia:
from Singapore you can take the bus go north to Melaka Town , a UNESCO world heritage site ( explore the museums, churches, ancient Cheng Hoon Teng temples, butterfly farm, Jonker street, try trishaw ride, etc. local delicacies included BaBa Nyonya Food / Satay Celup/ Chicken rice ball )
Then Melaka to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of M'sia ( can do a bit of trekking or mountain biking at Forest Research Institute Malaysia 'FRIM' Kepong ; visit petronas twin tower; bintang walk; Jalan Alor for foods; night life at Changkat Bukit Bintang )
Then KL - Penang , the Pearl of the Orient ( use the cable car to Penang Hill for a panoramic view ; Chinese Temple Kek Lok Si ; The streets of George Town ; Batu Ferringhi Beach ; Penang must try food included Char Kuey Teow & Asam Laksa )
There from Penang you can easily go by bus to the Thailand border call Hat Yai, can use Hat Yai as a hub to transfer u to most of the Thai island on the South
11th Feb 2013 is Chinese New year, big day for us Chinese.
Places like Kek Lok Si & Cheng Hoon Teng Temples expected to receive thousands of peoples turn up for praying
hope u like Malaysia ^^
Aug 14, 2012 8:32 PM
Aug 14, 2012 10:11 PM
8Thanks for the tips about Malaysia! I'm traveling in January/February, probably going to miss the chinese new year though.
How long should one allow traveling from Penang to Koh Phangan? It looks like there's a night train from Butterworth to Surat Thani from where you can get a ferry to the island?
Aug 14, 2012 10:21 PM
Sep 2, 2012 2:28 PM
Sep 2, 2012 8:30 PM
11Possible...you could time 7 days for these 3 places in Malaysia& spend another 3 weeks in Thailand as dreamsignal suggested.
But you will not have time to feel the local culture after deducted the time on the road+ finding hotel etc, you only can have a quick peek at each place. Imagine one just finished sight seeing a few spots, move, travel to another place and start sight seeing again, and again and again. you will be exhausted.
I suggested sivusilmin the route because he just wants to explore the essential part and come back another time.
actually Peninsular Malaysia alone has a lot more to offer, eg: Langkawi; Kenyir Lake ; Temenggor Lake; Taman Negara; Gem Island; Cherating; Tanjong Jara; Tioman Island; Perhentian Island; Kapas Island; Pangkor Island; Ipoh town; Taiping Lake; Gunung Stong; Kenong Rimba; Sungai Gabai Waterfalls; stay 1 night in the tranquil glass house at Sekeping Serendah Rawang; etc ..
well that just me, i'm slow ;-)
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