(Closed) Borneo / Malaysia Honeymoon Suggestions Please!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jesmit:  You are a woman after my own heart πŸ˜€

I’ve never been to Borneo (cannot express how much I want to), but have been a couple of times to Peninsua Malaysia, and LOVE it! You really will have a fantastic honeymoon. I was proposed to there last week!

I recommend Tioman Island. It is budget, and the Island has a wonderful, laid back feel. There is snorkling, trekking, canoing/ kayaking (I LOVED canoing through the jungle, just me and fiance), swimming and simply lazing on the beach! The chalets are very affordable, and the food is fresh and delicious. We stayed at Juara Beach Chalets, and they were lovely!

A few friends have been to the Perhentian Islands – the snorkling is meant to be AMAZING! I have also heard great things about the Cameron Highlands.

I love Kuala Lumpur. If you want a “treat” hotel, I cannot recommend Trader’s Hotel enough. It is my favourite hotel in the world! Especially the club rooms – they work out as good value because of the “extras”.

Anyway, that’s my two cents! Enjoy!

Post # 4
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7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@farawayviolet: I love Tioman Island! It’s so beautiful and unspoiled! I would suggest going to Salang village instead though, the beaches there are nicer than Juara’s.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Malaysia is amaaazzzinngggggg. Would go there again if I didn’t feel the need to travel the world and go somewhere new πŸ™‚ We went to penninsular Malaysia as well, so can’t speak to Borneo (obviously have heard amazing things about it). I wouldn’t spend too much time in KL as it is “just another big city” and more expensive compared to the rest of malaysia. We went to Melaka which I highly recommend — a lot of cool historical sites, great culture, AMAZING food, and just a beautiful riverside town. Also definitely go to Penang — also known for it’s amazing cuisine and it’s on the coast. We had such a great time there and met some amazing people (side note: if you go, go to Unique Penang Art Gallery as they are some of the coolest/nicest people we met on our whole trip) and also Langkawi. It’s a small island that’s still pretty undeveloped. We rented a motorbike for a couple days and explored the island. Tons of cool hiking, waterfalls, etc. as well as beautiful beaches. Hope this helps, I could talk about how amazing that country is forever!

p.s. A side trip to Singapore for a weekend would be fun too πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

oh yeah! Cameron Highlands. It’s inland, so not on the coast but it’s such a great change of scenery. Gorgeous tea plantations, beautiful mountains and, again, great food. Pretty much all the food in Malaysia is amazing. We spent my birthday there in Cameron Highlands this year and it was awesome. Lots of great treks there too. Forgot to mention that we did all this as backpakers too, so it’s definitely easy to do on a budget. Have fun!!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am from the US, so can’t speak to flights, sorry! 

That budget should be fine. Food is cheap, and lodging is fairly cheap too (we came from Vietnam and Thailand so our point of reference for “cheap” was a little warped! πŸ™‚ KL is obviously a little more but not bad for a big city. I think we spent around $25 ish for most of our lodging. For us it was fine and comfy enough! Some days you’ll be able to splurge and some days you might just want to hang around the beach or something so I think that budget sounds fine!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I fly back to Kuala Lumpur annually from the UK, and usually pay between 520-550£ for flights.

There are direct flights out from London, but I prefer taking Etihad which has a layover at AbuDhabi because it breaks up the long flight a little and the luggage allowance for Economy class is the highest at 30kg.

Malaysia is very multi-cultural, as GB has previously ruled Malaysia, you will see a lot of British influence in language and architecture, and this is probably most prominent in Penang. Also once ruled by Portugal, history has left its mark especially in Melaka. Highly recommend visting these 2 places. Suggest Melaka as a day trip (around 1.5hr ride from Kuala Lumpur), and Penang as a 2day1night (4hrs from Kuala Lumpur). 

Kuala Lumpur is the capital, it’s congested, busy, crowded. But it’s worth visiting for the museums and galleries, there are also tourist spots dotted around the goverment official areas such as Butterfly Farm etc. Shopping in KL is great, for high end shopping there’s Starhill & Pavilion (Bottega Venetta, Prada, LV etc). Pavilion also has a load of high street brands, but you will notice british names (Topshop and the likes) are inflated here due to high tax. Pavilion does have a great selection of restaurants, with the more fancy ones on the top floor, and wallet-friendly ones at the food court in the basement. 

If you are a foodie, strongly recommend that you try Japanese food on top of local cuisines because it is so much cheaper than the ones you can get in the UK. My favorite ones are Kampachi in Pavillion and Ozeki in Menara TA One.

English is widely spoken and understood in the city areas such as KL, Penang, Melaka. 

As for islands, Langkawi is probably the most commercialized island there is. It’s a big island with plenty of activities (eagle watching etc). I have not been to Pulau Redang but have heard amazing things from friends. Your other choices as PP mentioned are Tioman and Perhentian. Between the 2, Perhentian is certainly less commercialized and the water here is incredibly clear for snorkelling. If you are a diver though, you would head to Sipadan in East Malaysia. Not sure when you say Borneo, do you mean East Malaysia or Indonesia? Borneo is a really old term, nowadays otherwise known as East Malaysia (consists of Sabah & Sarawak) which is part of Malaysia. Some people also term Indonesia as Borneo, but that’s another country altogether. 

Cameron Highlands is worth going for the amazing scenary, you will be awed by the tea plantations. It’s a 2.5hr drive from KL.

As your trip is pretty long (4-5 weeks?), you can even venture out to Fraser Hill. 

Budget wise, it really depends on the type of accomodation you prefer. For options such as Traders, Mariott, Westin which could go up to RM400 per night (80£). Food is very very affordable in Malaysia as it’s really a ‘live to eat’ country and eating out culture is much bigger than the UK. I would say 15£ per day for 2 person goes a long way in terms of food. Public transportation in Malaysia isn’t the best, within KL you can reach popular places by the LRT (tram / underground), buses are hopeless so I don’t suggest attempting it. Taxi is easy to flag on the roads in KL, but do beware that cab drivers there are not neccesarily as ethical as ones in the UK / America. They try to charge you a flat rate, which is usually a huge rip-off. Always ensure they have the taxi metre turned on. You could rent a car for RM80 per day (16£), PM me if you need the hire company contact, I can get that off a friend. Petrol is about 5 times cheaper than in the UK, YES you read that right. Malaysia government subsidizes petrol, so that could be your choice when traveling outside of KL. Within KL, traffic is crazy, taxis and LRT is recommended. 

Hopefully this isn’t information overload. Always happy to know someone wants to travel to my home country! Don’t hesitate to ask if you need anymore clarifications!

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Make sure to go to Peter Hoe Evolution in KL.  It was my favorite store.  KL was such a pleasant surprise on my trip to SE Asia.  The food is just amazing.  Make sure to try the Malay Indian cuisine too. 

Post # 13
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Oh sorry, forgot to give other options for Shopping and Hotels:

So I mentioned that Westin, Traders, Marriott are at the higher end. Mid tier ones you can try Boulevard Hotel in Midvalley, Royal Bintang at The Curve. For budget hotels you can try Tune Hotel.

I mentioned Starhill and Pavillion for more high end shopping. For local goods (arts, crafts, souvenirs) you can head to Masjid Jamek. My favorite haunts were The Curve’s weekend outdoor bazaar, One Utama and The Gardens. My English hubs favorite place is probably the Low Yat Plaza – which is a 5(or 6) storey high building that specializes in nothing but gadgets (phones, laptops, cameras…etc). If you are after investing in a piece of gadget, hold off till you come here. Pretty much everything is 10-20% cheaper than in the UK.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ah okay, been to Sabah eons ago. Went to Kota Kinabalu, pretty much just signed up for local tours which takes you to long houses, jungle treks & island hopping – Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park etc. It’s worth signing up for the tours because attractions can be far apart, and car rentals are also more expensive there (in general things are more expensive in East Malaysia compared to West).

What you can also do (which I didn’t!) is climb the Mount Kota Kinabalu! It takes a total of 2 days for the climb, and you get to see the sunrise at the peak. Loads of friends have done it and they came back with this proud glow on their face and can’t stop raving. I haven’t done it because I’m so not fit (recently climbed Yorkshire 3 peaks and that killed me lol).

Closer to date of travel, check out Time Out KL website for events info. They also keep a good listing of restaurants of all price range. 
 

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