Jarrod Brown

Jarrod Brown

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    What kind of holidays are possible in Malaysia?

    Malaysia offers it all, Jake! Part of it depends on when you come. Malaysia faces two monsoon winds seasons, from late May to September, and from November to March. So it is best to try to come outside of those times if you want to do outdoors stuff. Also, there is the peninsula and Borneo; they are very different. I'd suggest flying into Kuala Lumpur and getting your bearings, spend a couple or three nights in the city, explore it, eat the great food, see the best temples and mosques, maybe do your shopping for the rest of your trip, and from there more to some outdoor activity. You could head to the Cameron Highlands for a few nights. It is very cool because of the altitude and very beautiful because of the tea plantations. There is also great trekking--lots of orchids--and it is nice because it isn't so hot. OR, you could head into the rain forest at Taman Negara and trek there. It will be steamy, but it is incredible. You can arrange treks there through a tour company, or go on your own. Or, you could do both! From there, I'd make a overnight trip to Ipoh to check out the cave temples. Ipoh isn't really on the tourist map, but the cave temples are incredible and the town has excellent examples of Dravidian temples as well. You could go to Pulau Pangkor for a few days at the beach. The snorkeling is decent, you can rent a motorbike to get around (it is a very small island) and do some sea kayaking. It is beautiful, popular with locals but not so much with foreign tourists, and it is easy to get to. From there, I'd say make your way on up to Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient", walking the several heritage trials in the city, visit the botanical garden and climb Penang Hill. You can also go outside the city to see one of the nicest temples in the country, the The Kek Lok Si Temple. If you still have time, you can head across the country to the east coast which is about 98% Malay Muslims. It is a different world, much more conservative and culturally Malay rather than Chinese-influenced. Kota Baru is one of my favorite places and well worth a few nights and you can even visit the east coast islands and do some scuba diving. over 5 years ago

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    Is it worth it to stay at hotel 81 classic, near joo chiat road singapore?

    Yes. I have stayed there before, and it is fine. It isn't the very cheapest place, but the rooms are just fine if basic. It used to be you had to pay extra for Internet unless you booked directly through their Web site. That was a year or so ago, the last time I stayed with them. I usually stay at the Hotel 81 on Dickson anymore which tends to be a little more expensive than the Classic. Next time I want to stay at the Joo Chait. I know it isn't nearly as nice, but it looks so quaint! over 5 years ago

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    Is it possible to buy Malarone in Singapore?

    Make sure to call ahead to see if they have an in-house pharmacy that will dispense the medication for you. You can also try the Gleneagles Hospital (Napier Rd) or the International Medical Clinic (multiple locations) but be sure to check that they can fill what you expect to be your prescription. Several years ago we had problems getting our prescription for Doxycycline filled after; eventually, we had to go to a hospital pharmacy. For a little additional information on getting malaria medicine overseas you can see the Web page below. http://www.southeastasiatraveladvice.com/2010/01/get-your-malaria-medicine-overseas-and.html over 5 years ago

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    We are going to Singapore - what should we make sure we see?

    The Zoo is wonderful and world class. The Aquarium is also very nice, and it is fun to take the cable cars to Sentosa Island. Fort Canning Park is nice for an afternoon stroll. I always stay in the Little India area. There is really not much to see there outside of a stroll, but it is convenient and not too expensive (I usually stay at Hotel 81 on Dickson or the Albert Court Hotel). There is also a sort of "backpackers alley" inside that has beer and obnoxious ferringhi ;) One evening I'd start at the Chinatown Heritage Center at Pagoda Street and make your way slowly through Chinatown. The Heritage Center is open late, at least until 7PM, and I wouldn't go before 6PM or you'll miss the evening bustle of Chinatown. On the way, you'll see the Sri Mariamman Temple, a Hindu temple, and the Jamae Mosque, and Indian Muslim mosque, and the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum which is a fantastic Buddhist pagoda/museum. Finally, make your way to the Maxwell Road Food Centre for dinner! Other than that, I'd say that food and shopping is what Singapore has to offer! over 5 years ago

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    where is a decent and affordable place to stay in Singapore

    I agree with Dave that the V Hotel Lavender is pretty good. I usually stay at Hotel 81 on Dickson which is located in the city area, within Singapore's “Little India” as that is the area of town I know best as well. It is a 4 star hotel and decently priced. It is best to book directly with them, though, as if you do wi-fi is free. Otherwise, they may charge you (although they've been kind enough to give me the password for free in the past--it changes daily). I also like the Albert Court hotel, on the edge of Little India, which is also not very expensive. over 5 years ago

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    Best way from Battambang to Kep on the coast.

    Yes, you will need to go through Phnom Pehn (through Pursat) unless you go into Thailand and work your way down through Thailand to the Koh Krong crossing. over 5 years ago

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    What are the most important things to have seen in Kuala Lumper?

    I would not miss Chinatown and a stroll through Little India. Also, I'd see the Thean Hou Temple while I was there. The Masjid Negara and the Islamic Arts Museum are both nice. I always like to go to Pasar Sini for a little handicraft shopping. And the Lot 10 food court is great if you want hygienic but authentic street-food, but I also really like the Jalan Alor Hawker Centre -- maybe not as clean, but great. The link below is to an article, KL in 24 Hours. I think it has the not-to-be-missed things. http://www.southeastasiatraveladvice.com/2011/06/kuala-lumpur-in-24-hours.html over 5 years ago

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    Visa for Cambodia

    Do NOT use the E-Visa system. LOTS of problems reported with it! You can get a visa on arrival in Siem Reap. You will need at least one passport-sized photo with you. A tourist visa is $25 and can be renewed once. A regular visa is $20. A business visa is $25 (I think) and can be renewed indefinitely. Do note that visa prices differ at different entrance points. over 5 years ago