Thoughts of a geek

24 April 2010

Plans for Malaysia

Filed under: Travel — qwandor @ 12:44 pm

Well! My plans progress. Further to my last post about travelling, I have now mostly decided on what I will be doing (or at least, where I will be going and when) in Singapore and Malaysia.

I arrive in Singapore on the evening of Monday 3rd May, at 7:00 pm SST as previously stated. I suspect I will be quite tired by then, having been travelling all day, so will probably just find my hostel, have some dinner and not do too much. The next day I will hopefully be meeting up with Isaac Ng and having a look around Singapore, perhaps going to Jurong Bird Park and/or the Night Safari, or whatever else there is to do in Singapore. I am told that the airport has free telephones for calling Singapore landlines and cellphones, which should be handy.

After a second night in Singapore, I will be catching a bus across the border to Malaysia and up to Melaka. It sounds like I will have to take one bus just across the border to Johor Bahru, and another up from there to Melaka. And I guess then a local bus to my hostel in Melaka.

Accommodation in Malaysia is cheap! The backpackers hostel type place I am staying at in Melaka (thanks for the recommendation, Melanie!) costs MYR 30 (about NZ$13) / night for an air-conditioned single room, including WiFi, linen and a basic breakfast. Kuala Lumpur is a bit more expensive — the place I am staying there is MYR 60 / night, again for an air-conditioned single room — but the equivalent in London would be about £60 / night, which at current exchange rates is about NZ$130. 10 times the price!

Anyway. I stay two nights in Melaka. Apparently there are interesting historical buildings and such to look at. Recommendations of what to do are welcome. The other thing I need to do in Melaka is buy a SIM card for my phone, so that I can use it during my time in Malaysia without paying exorbitant roaming charges.

After that, I take the bus up to Kuala Lumpur on Friday 7th May, to catch up with Shirley and hopefully Weekian, and have a look around. I stay in KL for 3 nights, then head up to Penang on the Monday. I have not booked accommodation in Penang yet as I may be staying with a friend’s uncle (thanks Ying-Hui!), but my current plan is to stay there for 4 nights, have a look around and probably spend some time on the beach, then fly back down to Singapore for one more night there before I fly on to London on Saturday 15th May.

Recommendations of things to see and do in all these places are still very welcome. As are people to say hello to. (-:



  1. I would recommend the bird park in Singapore. The night safari wasn’t that great.

    Have a wonderful adventure 🙂

    Comment by crimson — 24 April 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  2. wow, cool as 🙂
    I’ve never been to Malaysia so dunno what to say, but Singapore is cool. Make sure you’ll have a walk around Singapore river, and then go shopping in China Town (wow this’s my fav part :D). And take photos, then tell us all abt it!!

    Comment by Thi Hoang — 24 April 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    • Yeah, I think shopping will be rather limited, as I will already have full bags of stuff to take on to London. I will check out the river though, thanks for the suggestion.

      Comment by qwandor — 24 April 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  3. Glad you sorted out most of your trip andrew! Don’t miss Sentosa Island in Singapore. It’s a themepark/casino/beach (albeit man-made)/etc…

    Comment by Janice — 25 April 2010 @ 1:00 am

  4. Looking forward to your arrival. As it turns out I am in the process of moving out of my flat but my flatmates are keen to get it sorted this coming weekend so a little earlier than you arrive. Sure you won’t have problems finding a place though! Any ideas what your budget is likely to be for rent (in £)?

    Comment by Fi — 27 April 2010 @ 1:13 am

    • Cool, where are you moving to? As for what my budget is, I am still not all that sure what is reasonable. I am definitely planning to buy a bike once I am settled in, and perhaps aim to live in zone 3 or so. Cheaper is better of course, but without living in a really bad location. The other thing is that I cannot really decide on a long term flat until I have a job, as I do not want to live on the opposite side of the city to wherever I end up working. I am guessing it could take a while to actually find a job (though I have two more phone interviews this week, yay), so I will probably need a temporary flat for a month or so while I am job-hunting. So if you know anyone who has a spare room for a few weeks let me know, I should be fairly flexible, otherwise I will be looking at the websites you told me about before.

      Comment by qwandor — 27 April 2010 @ 9:28 am

      • Moving to Battersea Park with Tim – quite excited to be getting out of Zone 1!

        Ok so it’s not accommodation but I have a contact for you in our IT department here who is happy to have a chat with you about the industry here and job hunting etc. I’ll email you the details.

        Comment by Fi — 30 April 2010 @ 7:54 pm

  5. Cool. Do I know who Tim is?

    Thanks for the contact. (-:

    Comment by qwandor — 1 May 2010 @ 12:50 am

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