Any good places to visit in Malaysia?

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    Any good places to visit in Malaysia?

    Started planning my summer holiday...maybe a bit late...just wanted to hear the experiences from those that have visited Malaysia....

    considering the following....Penang, Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Pulau, or Redang Island...

    looking for some sun and beach, with a bit of tourist shopping and good eating....

    thanks all in advance...


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    We loved Kota Kinabalu. Not sure what the shopping is like, as we were only there for a long weekend and didn't leave the beach area/resort (shangri-la Rasa Ria). They did provide shuttle buses and a long list of excursions.
    And Kota Kinabalu is in Sabah.


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    I just came back two weeks ago - spent most of my time in Kuala Lumpur. Did a lot of shopping and eating. I find that shopping is cheaper in KL than in HK taking into account of the conversion. I did a comparison on "Zara" summer jacket, same style.

    Penang is good - historic, still kept their heritage and the food is fantastic (nonya style - spicy and full of flavours). There are good beaches to relax - Batu Feringgi.

    Sabah (Kota Kinabalu) - similar with Penang, kept their heritage as compared to the big city like KL. Very good spot for diving if you are into it. Good beaches to relax. You will find there is still a lot of natives as compared to Penang. East M'sia (Sabah and Sarawak) is slightly behind than the West M'sia (KL, Penang, Kuantan, etc). Shopping is a little pricey, could be due to across the straits.

    If you are looking for more R&R, Sabah is a place - you can lay by the beach at a resort and do nothing all day.

    Most beach resorts/island in M'sia provide a substantial R&R in their own way. I guess once you are there, is how you make out of it. I have been to Club Med in Cherating and I totally enjoyed it - all included, no worries on where to find food.

    Hope this helps. If you require more info, you can PM me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth:
    We loved Kota Kinabalu. Not sure what the shopping is like, as we were only there for a long weekend and didn't leave the beach area/resort (shangri-la Rasa Ria). They did provide shuttle buses and a long list of excursions.
    And Kota Kinabalu is in Sabah.
    am considering booking a few nights there. would you recommend it. i like the fact it's out of the city. the only thing is we dont want to be too isolated

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    Thanks for the input everyone...

    I heard that Redang Island is more for the locals, but is also quite nice...anyone been there as well?


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    I'm currently on holiday in Kota Kinabalu and typing this from my hotel room.

    It's my first time here and so far it's been great. Staying at the Le Meridien which is centrally located near the waterfront, right next door to the adjacent Fillipino markets. Interesting fresh produce and hawker stalls selling cheap nasi lemaks, nasi goreng and BBQ chicken wings, satay and grilled seafood.

    Spend the day island hopping to Manukan and Mamutik Islands. The 30min boat ride through the choppy waves to the islands was awesome. Relatively easy to get to islands without a tour guide, cheap too. Snorkelling was a little disappointing, it was an overcast day and the water was too murky to see any decent marine life. However, I've had friends who have been on different occasions and they rate the marine life, so I guess it depends on the day.
    Also, there's other water sport activities offered on the islands eg wake-boarding, paragliding, banana boating etc

    Heading to the Shangri La Rasa Ria tomorrow for 2 nights accom. Looking forward to the resort style holiday.

    Weatherwise, it's been rather comfortable here. Not as humid as HK.


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    Quote Originally Posted by leedseagle:
    am considering booking a few nights there. would you recommend it. i like the fact it's out of the city. the only thing is we dont want to be too isolated
    We enjoyd it and I know of at least three other families that have headed there and enjoyed it. It isn't isolated because they have the shuttle bus running back to KK the city. Plus a lot of excursion activities, if you want to do something beside sit on the beach. They also have an orangutan rehab center/forest. When we were there they had a lot of orangutans, maybe 6 or 8, but it is sort of luck of the draw.

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    dont forget the water rafting in KK, it was good fun n the journey there via local train was memorable... btw, in case u notice, i have skipped 'white' in the supposingly "white water rafting" for a reason, but dont worry, it is ok...


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    Hi Everyone,

    We are looking for a weeks holiday in Malaysia....need suggestion as to which place in Malaysia we should head for ....we got 2 kids age 7 and 4yr old......we want to go to KL for sure but can't decide whether we should do KL/Langkawi/Genting/Penang or go on from KL/Kota Kinabalu/Sarawak...... which is a better option for kids?

    Is it better 2 to book a tour package or just get the air tickets booked thru agent and then explore and plan ourselves..... any suggestions for hotels?

    Thanx in advance...


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    alifs

    KL/Langkawi/Genting/penang - a balance of variety interest.
    Langkawi is a duty free island, so booze are cheap, and decent beaches... but other than that, thats nothing much to shout abt... Genting - cooling weather (abt 18-22C) for change in tropical country, casino but not really nice ambience to gamble like vegas, small scale theme park, and some b grades show
    Penang - would say the highlight... decent beaches at batu feringghi, nice cultural city, lots of good local hawker foods to die for, lots of chinese/indian/malay foods... eat till u drop

    As for KL/KK/Sarawak, it is more like nature trip where u can enjoy sun and sea and forest... u get to enjoy good seafoods at KK, n nice beaches... as for Sarawak, it is big state with massive rainforest, so it depends on itenary there... make sure u have protection from mosquitos...


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