Travelling to Malaysia, Vietnam & Cambodia in August

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  1. olisun

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    Hi,

    I am travelling with my family including 2 kids (12 & 5) in the month of August 2016 to Malaysia, Vietnam & Cambodia.

    I have booked all the flights and accomodation well in advance.

    I will be staying for a couple of in KL and then head out to Penang for 6 nights. Then onto Vietnam for 4 nights (Ho Chi min and Nha Trang) before flying out to Cambodia (4 nights) and back to KL for 4 nights.

    I have looked at some attractions that I plan to visit when I am there but I haven't booked any of the trips.

    Is it advisable to get the hotel's assistance in booking those trips?

    Also any advice / tips of the type of currency to take and also if we need to be aware of anything?

    Any recommendations on local attractions?
     
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    When I went to all of those places (without kids) I just withdraw cash from the ATM when needed (get a 0% commission card), and booked any attractions on the day/day before. Unless there is anything in particular that you think will get booked up, you will get better deals there.
    You wont be able to get some/all of the currency outside of the country, and make sure you spend it all before you leave as I know for definite that no one will covert vietnamese Dong anywhere else. Plus it is fun to withdraw a million dong out of the cash machine which is about £35 :D

    What attractions are you thinking of doing?
     
  3. olisun

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    I am still finalizing some attractions but it will be usual Ankgor temples and the killing fields in Cambodia etc. The rest will be lazying around in the pool and the kids watching TV or playing games on their tablet.

    Is it safe to carry a bag pack around or do we need to be extra careful?

    I believe Cambodian's prefer the dollar so might take some small changes. Is that the same case with Vietnam and Malaysia?

    We are planning on travelling light and buying the clothes in Malaysia and probably throw / donate them before we return back. Our first hotel is just outside the KL central station. Are there any clothes stores around there?

    Travelling from KL to Penang will be via the new electric locomotives till Butterworth and then take a cab from there.
     
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    You are going a long way, to some amazing countries just to laze around by the pool!
    Dollars is good everywhere. I always carried a mix. Just withdraw local currency from an ATM when you are there.
    No idea where clothes shops are, sorry.
     
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    Are the new electric lines in now then?I remember, when i was out that way in 2012, there being talk of electrification in a few years time.

    Did the KL - Penang run several times. Mostly overnight.

    Also did Butterworth - Bangkok. Nearly 24 hours that took lol. When i worked it out, the average speed was about 35 mph:D.

    At times, it felt like i could hop off and run faster!

    All good fun though.
     
  6. olisun

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    Since it's very hot and with 2 kids around, they are going to get bored very quickly.

    But at the same time we are not going to just sit by the pool all the time.
     
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    Yes they are and the hotel I called up advised me of the same.
     
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    Is there any mobile roaming / network sharing between these 3 countries? Or do I have to buy a separate sim in each of those countries?

    I will probably need some sort way to communicate with my wife in non-emergency situations or make some local calls.
     
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    Personally I wouldn't bring a 5 year old to the Killing Fields. If you're in Phnom Penh then S-21 is worth seeing and not quite as upsetting as the Killing Fields.
     
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    My 5yr's attention gets drawn to stuff like Peppa Pig or Mickey mouse most of the time. ;-)
     
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    KL is fabulous much more modern than many would expect. My only comment ref kids will be humidity. It can be stifling and I can recall some days when it felt difficult to breathe not the heat the humidity. However some of the the thunder storms are just awesome the best I have ever witnessed. Eat where the locals eat and it costs pennies. Petronas towers need to be booked in advance but the telecom tower didn't and it's almost as tall. Some excellent shopping as well with a good mall near the Base of the Petronas towers.
    Short taxi ride to a bird park worth a visit too.
     
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    It's tough, kid, but it's life
     
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    Well worth visiting the Petrosains dicovery centre with the kids, street food in KL is fine too and really cheap. Try some Durian if you dare! You'll be in the right season for the fruit and it will be everywhere.
     
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    Palm oil is good and a gift from the gods !
    Yup Petronas never brain washed me at all [emoji3]
     

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