Would you please share some of your experience and advices about spending vacation days in Malaysia specially KL.
If you could kindly help me with the following questions about travelling to malaysia.
- I am thinking to go to Kuala Lumpur in mid-december, is that a good time and is that a good choice for the city at that time?
- How much time should I allocate for Malaysia>KL. I am thinking of 8 days, is that enough or I should think about more time in KL.
- I mostly look for historical and natural sightseeing, though I love to visit any underwater aquarium, if they have one :D
- If you know of any jungle trekking tour if will be grateful to know it.
I've been to KL quite a few times now. I don't know much about hiking and natural sightseeing, but within KL there are a few important things to see.
You must see the Petronas Towers which are the symbol of modern Malaysia. The best time is about half an hour before sunset, and stand in the park to watch the change in the skies and the building lights coming on. In the area is the KLCC shopping centre (expensive but still fun to wander around) and on the other side of the park the Aquaria KLCC - so you will get your underwater experience. I have not been in the Aquaria, so cannot comment on its quality.
Food, food, food - Malaysia is my favourite eating place in the world - so much variety for such a reasonable price. If you like spicy food, you will thoroughly enjoy your time in Malaysia - but if not, you'll need to be more selective.
I've heard that the tour of the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory is very good, though I am yet to get there. However, I have been to the Batu Caves, which is home to a Hindu temple, with lots and lots of steps to climb. Great to spend some time to watch the worshippers come and go.
Most times I've travelled to KL is to visit friends, so really haven't done too much sightseeing, and thus I am not as versed in the city as I should be.
When I was in KL, I spent 2-3 days there and thought that it was more than enough. KL is a really big city and it doesn't really have any scenic views. I would use KL as a base for a couple days, so some day trips and then head up to the cameron highlands. it's beautiful up there, and much cooler than KL.
december is going to be summer in Malaysia, so bring a lot of summer clothes. you'll be hot and humid for the whole trip.
We have only been in KL once and enjoyed our time immensely. We were delayed for a few days waiting for a visa for Myanmar so we upgraded to a nicer hotel with a pool. We enjoyed the pool for a couple of hours in the heat of the day and explored the city in late afternoons. We love cities and thought this city had good energy and a nice vibe.
Shane is right that the food is wonderful. We enjoyed wandering the streets of Chinatown. You will find many things to keep you busy for a week.
I second the Cameron Highlands - if you can ride rent a motorbike, very little traffic on those hilly roads.
Sure check out Chinatown and Little India, great food and exotic fruit, go to Petronas Towers one afternoon but 8 days in KL seems too long.
Melaka is also an interesting and pleasant place to spend a few days.
Thank you very much for the detailed replies.
Now with more research I decided to spend about 3 days in KL, and another 3 days in LangKawi.
I am thinking about other islands and cities to visit, the following list shows some islands that I found over the internet. I am thinking to extend my stay in MY to 10 days and spend some more times in one or two of the following islands.
I am not sure which one/s, your experience about staying in any of these are very appreciated.
Langkawi is a good choice for three days - I spent four nights there earlier this year and really enjoyed it.
I was looking to understand the weather in MY and it seems it is always warm and humid. initially I wanted to travel there in beginning/mid of december, now I am thinking whether december is better or early/mid Feb assuming that I want to stay in KL and Langkawi.
Just a hint, try to avoid any of the resorts or places on luxurious islands (i.e. Langkawi) from around 23 December to 1 January. This is peak season, so you pay more money for the privilege of being in an overly crowded resort.
Yes, KL and Singapore are usually warm and humid. What you need to do is to avoid the rainy season - I'll send you a private message with a site that I think it pretty good for looking at weather in different parts of the world.
Tioman is beautiful but unfortunately it is the wrong season, the ferry may not even run that time of year.
Sabah is great but you need at least five days to go to either Mt Kinabalu, jungle trekking or diving at Sipidan, and that is under very tight schedule.
I havent been to Langkawi but I hear its nice...
There will be a few ferries to Tioman during December, but most - if not all - resorts will be shut. The only resort still open are on Rawa. It has its own ferry service.
During the NE monsoon months, December to March, you best stay in Tanjung Resang, on the East Coast of Malaysia. You won't have the ferry trip to contend with.Yes, it'll be windy and may get a bit rainy at times. But it's awesome in its fresh ruggedness during these months, ideal for a romantic get-away weekend.
You'll love the crispiness in the air even while having a stroll along the beach. Tanjung Resang is gorgeous - naturally.
And the windsurfing, kite-surfing and even wave surfing are second to none during this time of the year.
it's glad to know that you are going to visit my country,malaysia...would like to wish" Selamat Datang ke Malaysia"(means welcome to Malaysia.
In fact, malaysia climate is warm and humid...it is good to visit malaysia in december as we have mega shopping sales during these period...sure you love it.
if you prefer a island tour, go to west coast islans beach like pangkor island, langkawi island are advisable. There is a monsoon season starts from october every year,the east coast island are closed untill next year in march.
[Edited: 2011 Sep 29 10:32 - Jabe:6222 - No advertising on forums, please]