Selamat datang, welcome to Malaysia, a vibrant and diverse country that boasts stunning natural beauty, rich culture and delicious food. Should you decide to give Singapore's northern neighbour, this lovely land of makan and boleh, a go, then there are a few considerations to keep in mind so at to be able to max out your holiday. Let's go over them here.
Different modes of transportation available
Traveling around Malaysia can be a bit of an adventure in itself. True, there is quite a variety of options available, including plane, bus, coach, train, taxi, ferry and even moped if you're comfortable on motorized two-wheelers. But if you need to engineer your connections on the spot, it can be rather challenging, as not everything in Malaysia is as well-oiled as in Singapore. So, if you prefer your logistics to be of the non-adventurous kind, then booking your journeys, whatever the means you opt for, in advance, is advisable.
The other thing is that, by and large, Malaysia has 2 seasons, the SW season, with mostly fair and somewhat breezy weather from about April to September, and the NE season, with its typically wet first month, December, followed by a windy January and February. Some of the popular routes can sell out quickly during the SW season especially, often on account of some of the school and public holidays in Singapore and Malaysia coinciding, which tends to happen. One such route is the one from Singapore to Mersing. Early booking is advised.
Most weekends, too, can be on the busy side, because the local population likes to be out and about, either on a day-trip, visiting family, etc. Basically, by booking ahead, you'll avoid queuing for public transport, last-minute stress and possibly getting stranded. And by booking online, for instance, you'll always get to lock in your preferred dates and may even score a few resort or hotel room promotions while you're at it.
For obvious reasons, the NE season isn't as popular with tourists. However, it's a great time to explore the country without the crowds. That being said, the weather in December can be wet, so do be sure to bring a rain jacket and a brolly and, again, consider reserving your indoor activities for the really rainy days ahead.
Staying on the Ball
One more tip we can give you is that as you embark on your journey, make sure to bring enough water and snacks to keep you energized throughout the day. One popular local snack is Eureka Snacks, which has gained a serious local following, partly because of the snacks' all-natural natural ingredients and absence of transfats, GMOs and preservatives.
But this gourmet popcorn snack is sold in more than 20 spectacular flavors, including classic options like Butter Caramel and Pizza, so clearly, this is another appreciated aspect. Or, if your adventurously-inclined, there's Wasabi, Lobster Cheese and Seaweed. We kid you not!
Eureka Snacks are packaged in lightweight containers that are sturdy and easy to keep in your rucksack or carry-on luggage. In short, this awesome pick-me-up is the perfect travel companion to keep you fresh and fruity.
How to get some?
Well, you can order Eureka Snacks online at www.eurekasnacks.com. Alternatively, they're also for sale at various malls and snack bars. Late-night craving? Vending machines to the rescue. These, too, are pretty much located throughout Singapore. And Malaysia too.
Whether you're bargain-hunting in the malls of bustling Kuala Lumpur, island-hopping around Pulau Tioman or trekking through the Taman Negara rainforest, the oldest jungle in the word, Malaysia has something for every type of traveler. By planning ahead, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your Malaysian adventure.
-- Enjoy Malaysia --