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What are peoples views on malaysia compared to Thailand and Cambodia. We will be travelling with 2 kids and 2 adults and
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I love both places, I met my husband in Thailand and we were married in Malaysia. As much as I love Malaysia and I truly do I don't feel it is as awe inspiring or as amazing as Thailand as it's a little more predictable, but it's a great place to visit with kids especially Penang as mentioned. Malaysia has a more sanitised feel in the most part and transport definitely feels more modern, food is cheap and varied and accommodation is good. However, Thailand is the place that makes my heart quicken at it's very mention, the people, the food, the sights, the culture - it's definitely cheaper than Malaysia in the most part and the Thais just seem to know what people want when it comes to accommodation. Thailand's beaches are stunning, but having said that there are few places that can rival Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. I can't comment on northern Thailand as I haven't been there yet but we have a trip planned to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in June and I'm really looking forward to taking my kids there.
I agree with what Colin said. I travel around backpacking with my kiddos and don't have a base. Thailand and Laos were awesome and we found a lot of great spots to rest a few weeks and really enjoy. But there is something very comfortable especially if it is your first trip, about Malaysia. English widely spoken, more developed etc. Malaysia has everything Thailand does but moving around is just easier! Buses are nicer for sure. The beaches are amazing in some places, just like Thailand and the mountains in Cameron rival any in Thailand. We are really enjoying it here and Malaysia wasn't even on our short list at the onset of the trip. So glad we came here. It doesn't hurt that Colin and his wife are so wonderful:) If you tell us what type of experience you are after though we may be able to help a bit more:) Enjoy, either country will be amazing!
Hi Chelsea, We have set up a house in Malaysia as a homebase so we are probably a bit biased :) It really depends on what you are after. We love Penang, Malaysia because it is a good resting place (life is easy/everyone speaks english, level of development is much higher than the rest of South East Asia, excluding Singapore obviously). But backpacking around Malaysia just doesn't seem very inspiring, unless you are heading over to Borneo. For me if I had 2 months to travel around, I would certainly choose Cambodia, Laos and Northern Thailand in that order. Just my two cents. Whatever the decision I am sure you'll have a great time!