This page provides a list of the main things to see in Malaysia. "++"
identifies the top attractions.
- Kuala Lumpur ++Merdeka Sq with +Sultan's Palace, ++Petronas Towers, Pataling st, Jamek mosque, +Platinum Towers, Tabung Haji, Menara Telekom, Putrajaya
- Taman Negara park (3 hours by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling Jetty and 3 hours by boat to Kuala Tahan, or Jerantut railway station and the local transportation to the park)
- Sarawak: Kuching, +long houses, +Gunung Mulu, +Niah Caves, Batang Ai park for orangutans
- Sabah: Mount Kinabalu
- Sabah: Danum Valley for orangutans or Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary (near Sandakan)
- Pulau Langkawi (Kedah state): Langkawi Sky Bridge, a 125-meter pedestrian suspended bridge
- +Brunei's floating city and mosques
Kuala Lumpur: lots of guesthouses, inns, hostels and hotels in Chinatown within two blocks of Petaling St.
Kuala Lumpur has two international airports. If you are staying in the Petaling St area, the fastest and cheapest way to get to either one is to take the Star Shuttle that leaves from the taxi stand across from the Maybank skyscraper. Otherwise, take the train to KL Sentral and then the Rapid Putra to Pasar Seni (first station) and then walk 250 meters.
Visas upon arrival are available for most nationalities, but airlines will refuse to let you board unless you have a return ticket or a visa.
Brunei is famous for being expensive, but you can still find cheap beds and
cheap food. You just have to insist a bit (the tourist information office at
the airport told me that it cost $20 to go downtown with the shuttle,
a ridiculous amount for a 15-minute drive, but eventually confessed that
there's a $1 bus); the Pusat Belia has beds for $8; the Indian
restaurants downtown have very reasonable prices; etc.
The main attraction is the jungle near Bangar. The boat to Bangar costs only $5 but it's pointless to get there on your own: without an organized tour you won't make it anywhere.
Bus from airport to town B$1 (15 minutes)
Pusat Belia/ Youth Center (the only hostel in town, sandwiched between luxury hotels): B$10
There are three other guesthouses but the cheapest is B$40.