Feedback for my Malaysia travel plan & budget
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 6:06 AM Last Post By: greenmango
Oct 2, 2012 6:03 AM
Feedback for my Malaysia travel plan & budgetHi all! I'm flying to Kuala Lumpur on Oct 16 and spending three weeks travelling around the Malaysian peninsula (then continuing to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, etc.). I'd love to get some feedback for my route plan!!
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 16-19
I realize 1-2 days would probably be enough normally, but I have a very long flight with stopovers in London & Hong Kong, so will need a bit of extra time to recover.
Pangkor Island Oct 19-22
Cameron Highlands Oct 22-24
Penang Oct 24-27
Kota Bharu Oct 27-29
Jungle railway through the country Oct 29-30
Melaka Oct 30-Nov 1
Nov 1 - Nov 5 ????
I was initially planning to visit Perhentian Islands and possibly Tioman, but then I realized it's the monsoon season and everything will be closed.
Is there anything you reckon that's missing here?? Any other top spots I should include? I'd love to spend some more time at the beach, but I haven't yet been able to find out which beaches on the west coast are worth visiting. Apparently the ones at Pangkor & Penang are not much to write home about.
Also, I was wondering how much money I should take with me. I read somewhere that you can only bring 1000MYR into the country, but the guy at Forex said that's not true anymore. I guess I can just take more money from the ATM when I'm there. How much do you think I should budget for three weeks in Malaysia? I'm planning to stay in mid-range hotels and not do any shopping, so it's basically just food, travel & accommodation.
This is my first trip backpacking alone, so I'm super excited, but also a bit nervous!! Hoping to meet & hang out with other travellers...
Oct 2, 2012 6:54 AM
1It's not a good itinerary because you are wasting a lot of your precious time in not so interesting places (Pangkor, Kota Bharu) and for some mysterious reasons you leave out some more interesting places such as Taman Negara (although the weather might be unstable at the end of October).
You might add a stop in Langkawi at the end of October / beginning of November:
A few days of beach should be ok.
And I would visit Singapore, which is a very cool place: http://www.molon.de/galleries/Singapore/
You might catch a flight in JB to Kuching and spend a few days in the Kuching area (highly interesting, lots of places to see):
Oct 2, 2012 7:03 AM
Oct 2, 2012 7:42 AM
Oct 2, 2012 6:39 PM
Oct 3, 2012 4:35 AM
5Thanks all for the feedback! I'll be adding Langkawi on my itinerary.
Oct 5, 2012 2:38 PM
What do you mean for Taman Negara, that the weather might be bad... my friend and I would go there early January, we know it's not the right season, but is it really worth to go there that time of the year, or we should just forget about it due to rainfall (or other reasons)?
Can you explain us?
Oct 7, 2012 2:35 AM
Oct 13, 2012 2:43 PM
Great info. Thank you very much. Am also planning a trip to Malaysia for next April (mainland and Borneo). How will the weather be during that time?
I was wondering if any of you could also comment on the possibility to only travel with buses and boats, rather than using planes? (just trying to lower my expenses as much as possible) Is that even conceivable? or would that make me waste a whole lot of time?
I was also thinking of landing in Singapore and head straight to Borneo first. That way I can do all of Borneo first, and perhaps parts of west Indonesia, and then head back to mainland Malaysia and visit it while making my way to Thailand. Is that even a good idea? does that make sense?
Do you have any recommendations? (I will also be traveling alone)
Thank you so very much in advance.
Oct 14, 2012 6:06 AM
9Weather in Apr is good. Can be very hot.
You don't need to use planes around the peninsula, but you have to fly to Borneo. Check out AirAsia or Firefly.
If you fly to Msian Borneo from Spore it might be more expensive as it's an international flight, whereas if you fly from the peninsula e.g. KL, or Johor Baru, it's a domestic flight. However if flying to Kalimantan it won't make much difference.
As regards going to Borneo first, it doesn't really matter, as you have to fly there and back. It mostly depends on whether you fly from Sg, JB, or KL.
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