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> KL and Penang - other places?, Suggestions for places to go
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post Jun 28 2009, 02:03 AM
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I am visiting Malaysia in Feb/March and would like any advice about:

weather this time of year - have heard that west coast is OK, KL is rainy all the time, and the east coast and Sarawak is prone to typhoons.


outdoors activities - where is best place to go sea kayaking?

KL and Penang - any other places you'd recommend, given that I like food, don't like crowds, enjoy nature
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post Jun 29 2009, 10:54 AM
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Looks like it's monsoon season! But don't let that prevent you from going...

The weather in Malaysia is characterised by two monsoon regimes, namely, the Southwest Monsoon from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from November to March. The Northeast Monsoon brings heavy rainfall, particularly to the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak, whereas the Southwest Monsoon normally signifies relatively drier weather. Heavy rain can be expected during monsoon season.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293951-...When.To.Go.html

I would check the list of things to do in the rest of the Malaysia forum. I saw one the other day here: http://www.travelpod.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16826

But check the rest of the threads and I'm sure you'll find something to do, there's a LOT.


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post Jul 2 2009, 03:47 AM
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Melaka is great as it is a World Heritage site and the food is fantastic....also Cameron Highlands is a must....very lush and green (the vegie belt of Malyasia)


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post Jul 5 2009, 03:56 PM
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Yeah KL does rain during that time of year but I've never experienced a full day of rain. It's usually during the afternoon. So much so you can usually pin it down to within an hour during March (3pm-ish this year). It belts it down for a good couple of hours then stays wet/damp until the following morning's sunshine.

Sarawak is somewhat similar but prone to heavier more sporadic storms. And when it rains there it tends to stay for the day whatever the time.

Nonetheless don't let it bother you, it's still hot, just take a brolly! To be fair the whole country, especially Borneo is pretty random with weather. It's jungle country and prone to monster storms all the time with it's climate.

I've spent time in Pulau Tioman during March however and not seen a drop so...?

Sea kayaking in the Perhentian Islands is fantastic. It will meet your desires of few people, good food and nature (sea life mainly). We saw all manner of turtles and sharks. Really really good. Aim for the big island or nearby marine park islands. Lot quieter.

Failing that - Borneo is a whole trip in itself. For a nature buff there is all manner of national parks all over Sarawak and Sabah. For the Orangutans try Semenggoh National Park near Kuching - it's RM3 entry and a lot better than the bigger Sepilok. For an even better view of them in the wild try trekking into the Kinabatangan region or Danum Valley from either Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan regions in Sabah. Not just the orangutans, but monkeys, snakes, pygmy elephants (they've hidden when I was there however so get me a picture!). You may have to book from one of these trips in advance for say a 3-day trek. Worth every cent though. Take an industrial supply of deet and leech socks if you don't like leeches. Being in this region you've got the perfect jumping off point for loads of stuff like climbing Mt Kinabalu, world-class diving amongst others.

I'll also second Melaka - it's quiet during March but a really nice place








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post Dec 22 2011, 11:14 PM
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I believe Cameron Highlands & Melaka is a great choice but you can also turn to Langkawi Island, I mean great beach & lots of fun activity to do there...Besides there are numerous tours & sightseeing packages there available to book!


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