will be travelling in malaysia for about three weeks, coming from southern thailand and ending in singapore
So I will be in Koh Tao (thailand) for the next couple of days, but after that i will be travelling through malaysia and eventually end in singapore around october 10. I really have no idea of what to do while travelling south, so i was wondering if you could give me some general info on the must-see places, and the places in general to avoid. also, im backpacking, so my budget isn't the biggest, which may play a factor in what's possible to do.
last thing, is it better to cross the border on the east or the west when coming from thailand?
Hello James 😊
I think the Lonely Planet South East Asia on a Shoestring book might be useful for you. It covers all the countries you are planning to visit in one book. It has information about must see places, accomodation, safety, money, transport.... It is available in most bookshops around the world for around 35 Euros.
Be careful about where you cross the border if you are going overland between Malaysia and Thailand. There is political unrest near the border. Get good advise and keep and eye on the news when you are going.
What i recommended for you is cross the border on East.. ( Sungai Golok ) or Tak Bai ..Southern of Thailand .You can travel a lots place in Kota Bharu at Kelantan . If you want to snorkeling or diving in the islands,you can go to Perhentian Island ...just one hour from Kota Bharu by Bus...the most budget chalets.Or you can surfing into this website at www.depenarikbeach.com.my to get clear picture about budget ,accommodation and beach.
Welcome to Malaysia ( Selamat Datang ke Malaysia )
I would vouch for a "Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore" route. I've done this route back in 2000 and I'm quite sure it's just the same - FUN. To enjoy your travel with excellent scenery as your backdrop, go for both the train and coaches as they won't really cost you that much. Mingle around with the locals abit to get the low-down information of places to stay and eat. Above all, you've chosen a great travel path and I'm sure you'll enjoy just as much as I did back then, only that you get more out of it this time (transportation & technology wise!). Have fun!
thanks for the replies! im still in thailand, heading to koh phi phi after doing my open water and advanced open water in koh tao, will be there a few days, and then into malaysia. i did pick up that the lonely planet book, so ill have info with me all the time, but still it's always good to know what other people liked and suggest going, especially considering i only have two weeks left! i wish i had an open end ticket, but nope...
Another non-land option is to go by boat from Satun, Thailand to Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia. Nice beaches and amazing duty free shopping but you'd have to check the weather as it is west coast Malaysia so it's very wet at certain times of the year. From Langkawi you can take another ferry to Penang which is a great small city with all the delicious Hainan chicken you could possibly ever want to eat. From there, very easy to catch the train from Butterworth to Singapore.