Travel Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore

IAMDASH

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I'm spending five days in KL in April.

I've been twice before and am going to have two free days to kill time.

Have done the touristy stuff, shopping, etc before. Looking for something different.

Anybody have any ideas?
 

LordLucifer

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I've been to Vietnam twice, Cambodia three times now and just did three weeks in Malaysia in November.

Liked Malaysia so much that we are already planning to go back again in august 2019 for a few weeks longer.

Happy to answer questions on all three destinations (assuming I can actually provide and answer :drunk:).
 

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Probably posted in this thread a little too late.

Just finished up Luang Prabang (Laos), Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Off to Hoi An and Siem Reap over the next little period so any recommendations for those places would be great.
 

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Probably posted in this thread a little too late.

Just finished up Luang Prabang (Laos), Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Off to Hoi An and Siem Reap over the next little period so any recommendations for those places would be great.
Re Hoi An
I got the trots after lining up for the Bánh mì Bourdaine recommended ,just look for a million Americans lined up.
Its a pretty place but all the tourists already know.
Market was nice the lack of scooters at night was good, lights were good.
Just walk around,I stayed real close to the old part,so it was real convenient
 

BillyK

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I've got a cousin heading to Singapore. Even though I've lived there for quite a while, I'm having trouble giving him suggestions on what to do that isn't too 'touristy' 😂

Do ya'll have any suggestions to help out??
 

Hawk Dork

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Isnt there just the botanical garden, the zoo, the big pool on the roof and the old Indian quarter and food ?
 

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I’m in Hanoi for work in a few weeks, would like to drink piss and go to the strippers, what are the chances?
We honeymooned in Vietnam in 2006 and spent a week in Hanoi. We stayed in the Old Town and were only about 200 metres from Beer Hoi Junction. Loved it, sitting on some plastic chair drinking 10cent beers, probably gone up by now. Great food, very friendly people, and enjoyed the freedom of walking around not being pestered like we did down south.
 

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Just another question, i believe I'll get a better deal for Dong (hurr hurr) over there and they have ANZ atms over there yeah?
Have always used atms over there as i cant be facked dealing with money changers. I dont think they have ANZ atms over there but the local atms have Cirrus and Plus sharing arrangements. I usually get bulk money out to minimise transaction fees.
 

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Citi Bank debit card worked there no charge good rate Lots of Banks around big ones on the edge of the Lake
 

Rod Stroker

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Just another question, i believe I'll get a better deal for Dong (hurr hurr) over there and they have ANZ atms over there yeah?
You will typically get a better exchange rate in the country with the weaker currency. So you'll get more Dong exchanging AUD in Vietnam, than you will in Oz.
 

Rod Stroker

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Cool.

Best cheap day tours/fun stuff to do? Like see the Mekong Delta/War Museum and general activity. Have found if you use Western Operators they rip you off blind (Bali travellers beware) but locals are happy to take you round at a reasonable rate.
Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh is a good day tour. Just fascinating
 

Rod Stroker

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Wouldn't mind doing this for my next trip, short of Bali I've really ignored Asia. Probably way cheaper and easier to get your mates to come. How much would say three weeks cost? More interested in probably travelling less and enjoying good places for longer, sick of training it every fourth day.
Training it.. LOL! No one trains it here mate. Partly because some places don't have them, partly because those that do aren't great, and mostly because plane travel around these parts is so cheap now.
 

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In addition Sivart's recommendations above, if you get time try and head to Dempsey Hill for dinner one night and the walk up and down Orchard Road is a good experience (try eating at Marché @ Somerset.....if you can find it, I eat there every month.). My favourite shopping centre is Paragon and Tambling Mall is a quaint, out of the way little place that hold some good memories for me (but don't go out of your way to go there unless you're staying down that end of Orchard at The Regent or close by). Taxi's are cheap but the MRT is fantastic so try and use that as much as you can. If you go to the Marina Bay Casino - take your passport. Singapore is 'done' in 3-4 days, so enjoy.
Tambling.. LOL :D

It's Tanglin
 

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I flew with Singapore airlines to Thailand and Silk are from Thailand to Singapore. The Silk air flight was about 20% full and is Singapore airlines budget flight carrier, but I found them to be really good
Silk ain't a budget carrier. Yes they are owned by Singapore airlines, however Silk are a full service carrier, but do the shorter routes in Asia, while Singapore does more of the longer haul flights.

Singapore airlines budget carriers are Tiger Air and Scoot.
 

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Apparantly no matter when you go its going to be hot and humid. Looking at going March/April 2017, what are peoples thoughts?

What sort of places are must dos in these countries? Where would you spend the most time?
So how was the trip?
 

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So how was the trip?
Travel schedule changed, 2017 became a write off, 2018 became a US trip, 2019 visited South Korea and 2020 am hoping for more of Europe.

This trip is on the next list of Asian countries along with a trip of Honk Kong/ Macau, so will have to decide between the two :D
 

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