|Travelling: City Holidays in Malaysia|
City Holidays in Malaysia
Malacca has a rich history and a curious mix of Chinese and European culture- the result of Dutch, British and Portuguese influence. A tour of the city brings you close up with antique shops, old temples and the picturesque waterfront area. The Fort and Portuguese Settlement recall the colonial past, while the Ayer Keroh area thrives on a more contemporary country resort style. Malacca can be covered in a day.
KL is the capital of Malaysia and is very similar to Singapore in many ways. You'll find skyscrapers (including the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers), shopping complexes, mammoth food centers, and flashy night spots. Yet in many ways, KL retains a lot of old world charm that is missing in Singapore, like road-side food stalls, night markets and cultural performances. Other than the street stalls and markets, don't expect things to be much cheaper than they are in Singapore. Try not to miss the 272-step climb up to the limestone Batu caves.
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A daytrip to Johor Bahru, or JB, isn't exactly an idyllic getaway, but many Singaporeans still flock there to shop and eat. It's just a short drive across either of the causeways, but you still get that good feeling of leaving the country. Certain grocery items are cheaper there and a couple of places are famous for the seafood.
Getting There: You can drive across, take a bus or taxi, or even walk the 2-km length of the Causeway. If you're driving, beware the Woodlands Causeway during peak hours. Go to the Queen Street Bus Terminal to take Service 170 which will take you to JB in about an hour. You can also share a taxi and split the cost with other willing passengers. Remember to bargain. It is acceptable to bargain. Besides, it makes the trip more fun, especially when you think you have got a reasonable deal. Note: More extensive details on how to get to Johor Baru provided here.
Together with Sabah, Sarawak is one of the two Malaysian states that are located away from the peninsula, on the island of Borneo - infamous in the past for the Iban tribe headhunters. Sarawak's capital Kuching is about one-and-a-half hours from Singapore by plane and is actually better known for its lush tropical jungles and wildlife than for its city attractions.
Kota Bahru is one of the northern-most Malaysian states, located close to the Malaysia-Thailand border. Among its attractions are giant kite flying, top-spinning and wayang kulit (shadow puppets).
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