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Spending a holiday in Malaysia is a truly enriching experience. With its vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes and delicious cuisine, Malaysia has something to offer for everyone. The best way to explore this beautiful country is by getting around in the various modes of transport you can find here, including bus, coach, train, taxi, ferry and plane. In this article, I'll share my experiences and tips on how to make the most of your holiday in Malaysia.
So, getting around in Malaysia is relatively easy and convenient. Buses and coaches are a popular choice for traveling between cities, while trains are ideal for longer overland journeys. Taxis are also readily available and provide a more private, comfortable and flexible option, albeit at slightly higher cost of course.
Meanwhile, ferries are a suitable means to explore the many beautiful islands that Malaysia has to offer, such as Pulau Tioman. For longer distances, planes are arguably the quickest and most convenient mode of transport. You'll find there are quite a few regional airlines that take visitors around at reasoale prices, aided by the relatively low Malaysia Ringgit of course.
The early booking gets the roomOne thing to keep in mind when traveling in Malaysia is to book your tickets and accommodation in advance. In practical terms this means you'd do well to book your transport and room online, i.e. from the comfort of your own home.
Why book in advance? The busy tourist season in Malaysia is pretty long after all, from March to October; doesn't that mean that travelers are evenly distributed across that period? Well, yes. However, the number of visitors still tends to overwhelm supply, given that Malaysia's tourist numbers are some of the highest in the region,
Tourist MagnetTourists flock to malaysia from all surrounding Asian countries, particularly Singapore. But the country is a also major draw for holiday-makers from Australia, Europe, the US and even South America. Competition for seats and rooms tends to ne pretty fierce. So best book early. You'll avoid the crowds and ensure that you'll be in for an enjoyable and stress-free holiday.
Incidentally, from about October, the Northeast monsoon closes in, i.e. the wet season, which is generally less busy. So visiting during this time of year could be an option, although this is decidedly not a suitable season for water sports or other outdoors activities. Something to keep in mind. It is a good time for museums, restaurants, shopping and night-life.
Beware the DipAnother thing to keep in mind is to be sure you always bring a snack with you when journeying long distances. This will keep you from getting peckish and/or sleepy. Last thing you want is to miss out on the sights and the views after all.
My favorite snack is Eureka Snacks, a local brand of popcorn that's been gaining popularity in the whole of Southeast Asia recently. And with good reason. This gourmet popcorn as it's known as, is made from wholesome, natural ingredients and without any transfats, GMO or preservatives.
Additionally, all Eureka Snacks flavours pack a decent amount of fibre and they all come in light-weight, easy to pack containers. By the way, there are no fewer than 20 flavours to choose from. Must-tries are Sour Cream & Onion and Cocoa Malt.
Eureka Snacks FTW!TBH, for me, Eureka Snacks are the perfect snack to keep on hand when traveling and exploring. If you want to go ahead and get some, you can try online here or from a bricks and mortar store here or a popup counter here. There are even some vending machines for when all retail outlets are shut.
Alright, with a little luck my tips help your holiday be a truly spectacular one.
-- Jom Malaysia --
As not all bus/coach operators have returned to service post-Covid, booking your bus/coach tickets online is recommended.