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Why does Malaysia strike so many as boring?

Jan 7th, 2005, 07:14 PM
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jchong,
What happened to your last post (before Stjohnpond message) regarding what to do and see and Malaysia? Why would someone will delete that wonderful advise.
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Jan 7th, 2005, 07:43 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your input. I will post a trip report on my return. It's too bad JoeChan's post was deleted, it was full of great information!
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Jan 7th, 2005, 07:59 PM
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Dear All:

I guess I made my point about Malaysia not being a boring venue hence my message was deleted. Nontheless I have more if needed !

Cheers
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Jan 7th, 2005, 08:07 PM
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Here is the post again.

Message: Guys and Gals:

Thailand/Malaysia and Singapore are all different and they all have their own attractions and mystique.

Lets take Kuala Lumpur or KL. This city is good for at least 3 day. Visit to the King's Palace, the Batik Factory, the rubber plantation, Embassy Row where you can see all the colonial mansions built during the colonial days, this include the Railway Station whose roof was built to withstand snow storms. The river mount itself in the heart of the city, taker a look at the contruction, quaint Moorish architecture amongst Victorian clock Towers of the Elizabethan era amongst the local flavors of shop houses with red light district doors. Yes, in the olden days these special door ways are signs of houses of delight for the colonials. Fast forward, a visit the the Agricultural Park is a must. See how rice, mushrooms and all other kinds of indogenous food and spices are now being enhanced with the latest technology. This is the former Forest Research Institute established by the American Govt. An hour's drive from KL is the national Park jointly developed by the Selangor State Government and Malayan Nature Society.

Seek a cheap bargain at the night bazaar of Chinatown, enroute a drive pass stately Moorish buildings, modern highrise and streets beautifully illuminated befitting its name as Garden City of Lights. Whilst the night away with a sumptious Malay dinner and be entertained w ith cultural dances.

Another choice restaurant is the KL Tower with its revolving rest. Cost is only 48.00 localmalaysian ringgit per person buffet. 5 hours away by car is the Taman Negara national Park where Club Med has a facility.
This is just the sightseeing available in KL. There are more.

Lets talk about culture-they have Chinese, Indians, Malay, Eurasians and lastly the Babas and Nonyas. One of the Chinese emperors to facilitate the Chinese expansion to the Far East gave his daughter away tobe married to one member of the Royal Family in the sultanate of Malacca. Hence the lineage of Chinese and true Malay culture merging into the Babas and Nonyas where this in this culture men wear sarongs like the women alike ! Special restaurants serving this kind of food, which by the way is kosher as certified by the Jewish Rabbi, yes, they also have Jewish synagogues allover Malaysia!
called Bon Ton. There are several of these kinds of rest in and around the hotel row.

Talk about local food courts, there is one right behind Mandarin Oriental with 3 stories of local cuisine all set in clean and nice surroundings. Again all kosher. Shangri La - hundreds of rest local and american up and down the street. Same for the Regent and the Ritz. Mariott is of coursae in the middle of all these. Need I go on ?

Singapore, yes, it is clean, yes, it is new, in fact everything is new as Singapore was part of malaysia. Malaysia is also home to the Flying Dutchman ! Anybody knows what the flying dutchman is ? The jungles in Malaysia are the few in Asia which was never frozen. Hence that is why no earthquakes in Malaysia. Not to forget, the first episode of Survivor - Yep it was shot in Malaysia, in fact in the State of Borneo, Yep 3/4 of the island state belongs to malaysia.

Anybody need more info on Malaysia, I will be glad to assist.

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Jan 7th, 2005, 08:19 PM
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Clear:

Go with Tanjung Rhu. It is an all inclusive resort. Spend a little more and aks for Deluxe Room. Well worth it. It is an impeccable hotel with a ratio of 5 employees to one guest. By the way my name is NOT jchong. My name is joeChan. The hotel also has excellent restaurants - 3 of them. Again all halal. Room is totally connected !

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Jan 8th, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Joechan and everyone,
Thank you very much. I'm thinking if we should get a tour guide for kuala lumpur or not? We will be coming from Bangkok and would like to go to Malaysia and Singapore. Not sure if we should do Singapore first and the Malaysia? OR skip Singapore and spend more time in Malaysia. We can stay at least 8 or 9 days in Malaysia (not certain which cities?). Do you know any good travel agency that I can contact by email or phone & the person name? We are coming from Dallas, Texas. I thought eventhough we can get around without the tour guide but is always good have a tour guide that explain the history and all. Many thanks for all your kind help. Do I need to wear cover on my head when I visit the muslim mosque?
Regards,
Sandy
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Jan 8th, 2005, 01:19 PM
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Hi Joechan and everyone:
Have you been to Phuket and or Langkawi? Which beach do you think is nicer, Malaysia or Phuket? We wanta beach resort where there won't be a big crowd. We want peace and quiet with beautiful views and nice resort. I feel lucky & blessed to have all the advise. Sandy
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Jan 8th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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clear,

Yes, I think a head covering is required for ladies before they enter a mosque.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 07:26 PM
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One more thing, you mentioned Phuket or Langkawi. As you may know, Phuket was one of the places affected by the recent tsunami. I don't know what is the situation there now, but please check for the current status to ensure everything is ok.

If you want a quiet and secluded beach then Tanjung Rhu in Langkawi would fit the bill.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 08:34 PM
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Sandy:

The Phuket before the Tsunami is a beach colony with the ocean on one side of the street and then small little shops/restaurants/clubs and bars lined the other with hotels lined along this stretchof road as far as one's eyes could see. It has a bigger infrastructure compared to Langkawi. You can to town and walk around the city where a couple of well known movies in the states were shot. Make sure you take in Phuket Hill for a nice view and its old Portuguese houses. A couple of places which is a must while in Phuket - Phuket Fantasia a cultural dance and dinner show and Baan Rim Pa Rest serving authentic Southern Thai Cuisine. Lots of rest for dinner options as well as a larger city enviroment.

OK back to Langkawi - smaller capacity in terms of infrastructure/hotel choices and night activities inclulding limited Restaurants/shopping vendors when compared to Phuket limited to the only mall in downtown. However if you want a quiet secluded place then Langkawi is the place. There are more outdoor activities in Phuket when compared to Langkawi. Hope this help.

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Jan 8th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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Sandy:

Depaending on your confort zone, in the hotel lobby they have tour desks which canmakr arrangements for your daily sightseeing tours costing around $45.00 local ringgit for a half day tour (3-4 hours). So in terms of US dollar it is excellent value and most of these are conducted in small mini vans holding 7-9 passengers.

Singapore is good for at least 3 days. Big city, very clean, a metropolis but it is still good to see since you are already there. Do not forget to take in the first Night Safari Park. Buy the tour package. Can have dinner there too. The Feng Shui tour is also an excellent. After this tour you can relate why Singapore is successful if you are a believer in Geomancy ! If you are still looking for other places in Malaysia, then a trip to Kota Kinabalu taking in Sandakan is excellent or perhaps another city north of KL called Penang. Penang is also another beach colony but better night activities.

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Jan 9th, 2005, 04:41 AM
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I would not suggest that you drive in KL, the city streets are a maze. Expect lots of traffic jams there. Also you could come closer to the locals in traffic than you would want to if you get the drift. Get someone else to do it for you it's less stressful, you're supposed to be holiday isn't it?
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Jan 9th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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Joechan,

Thank you so much again. Do you think we will need a tour guide in Kuala Lumpur for the sight seeing? Which tour guide do you recommend or know of that I can contact? Email address or phone number would be greatly appreciate it. Thank you for sharing your opinions and awesome advise.
Regards, Sandy
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Jan 9th, 2005, 09:23 AM
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Sorry Joechan, your pervious posting mentioned that there is a tour desk at the hotel. Thank you again. Looking forward to visiting Malaysia and Singapore. Unless you know a private personal tour guide that we can use? Regards, Sandy
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Jan 9th, 2005, 02:24 PM
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Probably because it's compared to Thailand and most folks just love Thailand.It's all about the SANUK! I've been in Thailand a lot and have also been to Malaysia. I look at Malaysia as an architectually interesting place, that yes, I found a bit boring, but I'd return. The shopping is quite cheap. Happy Travels!
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Jan 9th, 2005, 03:46 PM
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In our opinion, it is not necessary to have a guide in KL. Everyone speaks English well and it is very easy to get around. A good guide book to read and you should do just fine. There are guided day-tours to Malacca from KL (on a bus with other tourists), but again our sense was that it would be easy to do this on your own as well (hotel can help you arrange transport to/from if you prefer an outstation taxi to the regular bus).
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Jan 15th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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I just returned from a couple of weeks there and it was fantastic. I was on an educational tour and we spent several days visiting places in Kuala Lumpur. I fell in love with that city for many reasons. We also visited Malacca, Port Dickson on the coast and the rainforest of Taman Negara. Malaysia is a fascinating and beautiful country. Its people are incredibly gracious. I would definitely go back for more if given the opportunity.
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Jan 16th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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KathyO,

Where did you go in Kuala Lumpur? Can you recommend any tour agecny for us. Thank you. Sandy
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