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is it safe , is it worth?!

Don`t be misled by my question, I want to see Malaysia since I was a child.I visited a little bit of Thailand and Singapore and enjoyed every second (love Asia a lot) But there are around 20 hours of flight :( So, is Kuala Lumpur ok for a 10-14 days visit?! am I, as a middle-aged woman, traveling alone, safe?! Thanks for answers (the longer, the better) :)

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1. Re: is it safe , is it worth?!

I wouldnt spend all my time in KL. Why not venture out to beach destinations such as Penang and Langkawi. Air Asia offers very cheap flights to these destinations.

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2. Re: is it safe , is it worth?!

unless you tell us more of your interests and what you are hoping to achieve, what sort of budget you have, its hard to tell you if its worth your while.

However, for a start, 10-14 days in KL along might be too much. Similar to a 10-14 day holiday to Milan I suppose. You will have to take side trips to other areas. (In Milan I went to lake como and also to Florence).

Do some research on these places, easily done by bus or flight from KL

Malaysia -

Malacca

Penang

Langkawi

Redang

Kota Kinabalu

Thailand -

Phuket

Bangkok

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Medium budget. Interests...local cuisine, museums, monuments, nature. Just seeing a place so different from Europe and it`s worth the trip! Side trips are ok, but can I have the base in KL and go around?!

And 14 days in Florence it`s ok..i`ve done it many times:))

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Malaysia is very safe!!

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Ciao Corina:

For nature and a quiet beach holiday, I'd visit the island of Langkawi in the north.

For cooler weather in nice green hills, I'd visit Cameron Highlands (about four hours from KL)

For playing golf in a nice cool course plus play in a casino, I'd visit Genting Highlands (about one hour from KL by taxi)

For a beach holiday, I'd visit the island of Penang which also has an interesting city (Georgetown)

For history and culture, I'd visit Malacca in the south. It has interesting Portuguese and Chinese buildings. I'd take the train.

For internal flights from KL, I'd take Air Asia (an award-winning budget airline)

Buona fortuna

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I live on Penang but visit KL. I have to say that 2 days in KL are usually enough for me. It's a modern city with busy roads, flyovers, underpasses, high rise buildings and shopping malls. Difficult to get around and not a great deal of history. Would suggest from what you say that you spend 2 - 3 nights in KL followed by going and staying somewhere else like Georgetown on Penang which will give you more chance to see things you're interested without the problems of a busy city. Penang is perfectly safe to walk around as long as you keep an eye on your bag (but then you get bag snatchers all over the world) and during the day you'll see lots of other tourists. There are museums, mansions, temples, clan houses in Georgetown, the famous wall paintings are everywhere, and it's only a short ride up to Kek Lok Si and Penang Hill which are always must-see places. Georgetown wasn't given World Heritage Status for nothing, and the food is great too. From Georgetown you can visit other places on the island. Maybe spend 5-6 nights there and after that you could go somewhere else for a few days - perhaps the Cameron Highlands - and then return to KL for a night before flying home. Travel around by coach and you won't get lost and will feel very safe. This way you'll see far more of Malaysia and get a much better feel for it. You never know, you may like it so much that you come and live here!

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7. Re: is it safe , is it worth?!

Yes it is safe. To walk about, to use public transport and to fly. I am also a middle aged female!

Malaysia is such a huge country, and I would not want to spend such a long time in Kuala Lumpur - as much as I love it.

I would probably do Penang and Kuala Lumpur!

look at the green banner at the top of this page and check out the ‘Travel Guide’ [in the MORE tab] and ‘Things To Do’ tab [ tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g293951-Activi… ] which list lots of pointers of what to see and where to go as well as other information like restaurants, and Hotels tab [ tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g293951-Malaysia-Ho… ] where you see the full range of hotels / apartment rental / B&Bs etc for that area, see what appeals to your actually budget / style / requirements and you can also look at nearby hotels on a map, as well as read recent reviews

then on the right check out FAQs / top questions about . . . . . .

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Everyone forgets or misses the Green Banner and the Top or Frequently Asked Questions/FAQs [especially if using smart phone / tablets / tablets], which are packed with lots of really great information about lots of really useful information!! If you are accessing TA via the smart phone / tablet app’ you won’t see the Green Banner or FAQs in the normal app view on your phone, so suggest that you view the app it as full site mode / desk top view; or just use a laptop or pc to enjoy the information that has been collected. The Top Questions / FAQs ---> are on the right of all forum pages, you may have to click on ‘show more’ to reveal the full list!

Also read JBR / just back reports / trip reports etc or search and read some of the questions already posted in this forum. Lots of really useful information about already posted.

There are some really useful information and brochures from the Tourism Malaysian about many places in Malaysia, have a read and see what appeals: www.tourism.gov.my/en/Master/Web-Page/Places or tourism.gov.my/en/… These are backed with lots of really great information!

Or have a look at Trip Advisors sister website, Virtual Tourist

virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Malaysia/Trav…

[please forgive my cut and paste] What we normally suggest as the best thing is to read the FAQs about Kuala Lumpur [ on the right of the Kuala Lumpur forum page --->>>>. Everyone forgets or misses the Top or Frequently Asked Questions/FAQs [especially if using smart phone / tablets / tablets], which are packed with lots of really great information about lots of really useful information!! If you are accessing TA via the smart phone / tablet app’ you won’t see the FAQs in the normal app view on your phone, so suggest that you view the app it as full site mode / desk top view; or just use a laptop or pc to enjoy the information that has been collected. The Top Questions / FAQs ] but FAQ KL Popular Sights and perhaps FAQ KL Day Trips / FAQ Elephant Sanctuary / FAQ Fire flies are worth reading.

Also look at the green banner at the top of this page and check out the ‘Travel Guide’ [in the MORE tab] and ‘Things To Do’ tab [ tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g293951-Activi… ] which list lots of pointers of what to see and where to go as well as other information like restaurants, and Hotels.

What to see and do is very much a personal choice, but as a very simple guide the most popular sights for a 2-4 day stay are normally:

Petronas Towers - tours http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/ or look at them from KLCC park where you can also watch the Lake Symphony’s dancing fountains which ‘perform’ daily from 12noon to 2pm, and then again from 6pm to 11pm, or 10am to midnight at the weekend; or head up to the Traders hotel for the view or a drink and snack (need to book in the evening) shangri-la.com/en/… and the bar / restaurants at Marinis 57 http://www.marinis57.com/bar.php

A short walk along Jalan Ampang (or from KLCC to Dang Wangi station) is KL Menara [Tower] – views from observation deck http://menarakl.com.my/index.cfm or afternoon tea / dinner buffet http://www.kltower.com.my/index.cfm?sc=dining or http://www.atmosphere360.com.my/

Bukit Bintang is a 15min walk using the covered a/c walk way from Suria KLCC / KL Convention Centre directly to beside the Pavilion Mall or 20 min walk from the base of KL Menara, or a 5min ride on the monorail from , there are Bukit Nanas. There are around 10malls in and around Bukit Bintang including Pavilion, Sungei Wang, Fahrenheit 88, Berjaya Times Square and so much other shopping and eating with + Jalan Alor / Changkat Bukit Bintang just around the corner[evening eating street no to be missed, bars and entertainment],

from where you can always walk or monorail to . .

Chinatown / Petaling Street Market [shopping, sights, food, walking tours and the ever popular night market], from there you can walk to Central Market [which sells many popular tourist trinkets and some good food] and is a short walking distance to Merdaka Square [historical sights].

Then walk on to Little India [sights and some shopping]

Batu Caves is just out of town and on the public transport routing. The easiest way to get to Batu Caves is probably a taxi at around 20myr each way, but you can get there by monorail and then train. Batu Caves station on the Sentul / Klang KTM line, If you find nearest station to your starting point, then find Batu Caves , http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/monorail http://www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/lrt

Perdana Botanical Garden / Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park / Lake Gardens [not far from KL Sentral station] http://www.klbotanicalgarden.gov.my/index.php - Bird park [don’t expect anything like the one in Singapore] / Butterfly Park / Orchid Garden / National Mosque / Islamic Art Museum / Carcosa Seri Negara for Afternoon Tea; Segway http://segkl.com/ are all easy to get to and just a taxi from KL Sentral Station

Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre is a 20mins taxi ride out of town or Putra line to Wangsa Maju station, http://visitorcentre.royalselangor.com/vc/.

Craft Complex, Jalan Conlay is not far from Bukit Bintang, and Jadi Batik Gallery is near the Craft Complex. http://malaysiancraft.com/index.cfm

If you fancy a bit of time out look at a trip to Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=543, a very interesting food tour http://www.foodtourmalaysia.com/ , Lazat Cookery course http://www.malaysia-klcookingclass.com/ or http://www.simplyenak.com/, see some local country side with http://openskyunlimited.com/v1.0/ or maybe the Elephant Sanctuary, Fireflies at Selangor, day trip to Malacca to see the heritage buildings [see FAQs -->> ]

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) http://www.matic.gov.my/ is between the Petronas Towers and the KL Menara {Tower} on Jalan Ampang, useful stop for information, food, coffee, ATM, tours etc. It is also on the Hop on Hop off bus route http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/ and the base of Saloma Cultural Theatre Restaurant http://www.saloma.com.my/ http://visit-to-kl.com/

http://mappery.com/Kuala-Lumpur-Tourist-Map a half decent map is a must when planning!

tourism.gov.my/en/…E-Brochures has some great leaflets, and the www.tourism.gov.my/en/PDF-Viewer… Lumpur Malaysia's Dazzling Capital City&language=English [cut and paste if links do not work]

tourism.gov.my/intl_en/places/state_list/kl

There is a ‘free’ bus doing the sights spad.gov.my/sites/…gokl_dec2012.png spad.gov.my/news-events/announcements/2012/g… or malaysiafreebies.com/go-kl-city-bus-free-tra… and they do have a facebook if you search GO KL (Kuala Lumpur City Bus)

The monorail and train is a really easy and cheap way to get about and many stops are near the popular sights or connections to the trains or buses http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/lrt-monorail www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/monorail http://www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/lrt http://www.myrapid.com.my/bus/map http://www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/bus .

virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Malaysia/Wila… …malaysia-asia.my/2011/09/12-free-things-to-… and tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel_Guide-g298570-Kuala… are also worth having a read of.

See what appeals to you, your time schedule, your style, your likes / dislikes and your budgets, as at the moment your question is too big to answer, and everyone will have an opinion!

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8. Re: is it safe , is it worth?!

Personally I'd spend no longer than a week in KL.

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9. Re: is it safe , is it worth?!

To be honest, I would not dare to say Malaysia is "VERY" safe as per previous reply.

Safety is a very subjective issue. Malaysia is indeed safer than South African in a sense that you could venture out at night and yet come home in one piece.

Enjoy your holiday with normal precautions applied.

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Wow...thank you all!!! You.re more helpful than a tone of guides!!! I.ll read everything and build up a plan for next year.For the ausies: I envy you a lot...you might live down under (!) but you don.t have to travel numberless hours to get to some of the most pitoresque places on Earth (though you might think the same regarding Europe ;)