Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Where to Travel for the Long Weekend?

In Singapore this year, we have some long weekends due to the holidays. Christmas is on Monday, which means we have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off as weekends. New Year is also on a Monday, which gives us the long Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend.

In 2018 we still have some long weekends due to holidays, such as the Chinese New Year (which falls on a Friday and Saturday), and Good Friday (on a Friday). These holidays provide the perfect opportunity for some exotic travel to either Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, our exciting and fun-filled neighboring countries. But then, you know you can only pick one since it is a three-day holiday. There are arguments about which is better, and, since have traveled to both places for the holidays, I can be considered an expert of sorts.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Food

While food is less expensive in Kuala Lumpur, if you are used to Malay cuisine, you won’t find anything new there. Food in Bangkok is much more exciting because of the many restaurants selling foreign cuisine. Also, the food is less spicy than Malayan food (unless you love spicy food, which I do).

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Shopping

Of course you would want to go shopping while you’re on holiday (I know I do). Kuala Lumpur has malls as big as those in Singapore, and so does Bangkok. Shopping is also cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. However, Bangkok has an edge over Kuala Lumpur because of the street markets. Bangkok is teeming with street markets that give you a variety of choices when shopping, and you can get great prices as well.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nightlife

Bangkok goes on long after most people’s bedtime. The city is also safe at night, so you don’t have to worry about staying out past midnight. Restaurants stay open late to cater to hungry people on any kind of budget. There are bars and night clubs for you to go and hangout and have fun, as well as a host of other entertainment choices for you and your family or friends.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Culture

Bangkok is rich in Thai culture and history that is quite undiluted, because it is the only country in South-East Asia that never got colonized by foreigners. The capital has a lot to offer for you to experience and enjoy, from the dances to the temples to the heritage. Malayan culture is a blend of Malay, Indian, and Chinese, giving it a distinctive culture of its own. Kuala Lumpur displays Malaysian culture in all its splendor and beauty, but personally I prefer Thai culture in Bangkok.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nature

The beaches in Thailand are cluttered with civilization. You can go to the beach and see bus routes and food stands, with very little ‘nature’ next to the water. The national parks are no different. They are not secluded and quiet and free of man and his toys. You can enter a park hoping for peace and quiet, and you will see food stands, resorts, and hiking trails that are very easy and not far from civilization.

Malaysia is still untamed when it comes to nature. The beaches are still pristine and free of human intervention. The Borneo jungle is still alive, despite poaching and deforestation. The national parks are still nature-oriented, with very little presence of resorts and restaurants. Malaysia is still doing its best to establish oil palm plantations, displacing the wild life that exists in the country, but you can still enjoy nature better in Malaysia than in Thailand. However, if you aren’t so deep into nature, Thailand is the place for you.

Conclusion

Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have their pluses and minuses. Each has something different and unique to offer to visitors on your exotic travel. While I may prefer visiting Kuala Lumpur for the holidays, you may prefer going to Bangkok. With this list of what both cities have to offer, you can choose which city best fits your style and plan and exotic travel for your 3-day holiday. Or just askus@ladyredot.com!


 

Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Prepping yourself for Songkran Festival in Thailand

Songkran is the mark for the Thai New Year’s festival. The Thai New Year’s Day falls on 13 April every year, but the holiday period includes 14-15 April as well. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word as “astrological passage”, meaning transformation and change. Splashing water is the symbol of purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. The festival itself is far from the actual meaning and spiritual ritual but has gone beyond as a commercial and tourist agenda. Be ready to get wet in Thai style! Here are some tips you need to prepare if you want to go to the festival.

1. Plan Well
The first thing that you need to do is plan your itinerary, whether you aim to attend the longest celebration of Songkran festival or you are seeking for the wildest water fight. If you choose the first one, Chiang Mai in Northern of Thailand might be the place to go since the events are longer and it has already started since one week before. If you prefer the wild one, go to Silom, which recognised as Bangkok financial and party district. Immerse yourself with the glamorous Thailand nightlife with world class DJ during Songkran and an unlimited amount of liquors.

2. Protect your Goods
Keep in mind that Songkran Festival involves water a lot as a part of the celebration. Make sure you have your own personal gadgets protected with waterproof casing because everybody is going to be wet. It is not advisable to use a sling bag, instead use fanny packs that are easy to attach around your waist and don’t bring unnecessary things if you feel that you don’t need it.

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3. Be Cautious
Pickpockets tend to do their actions during Songkran Festival since it is always filled with lots of tourists and people. If you are a tourist, consider for leaving your passport in the hotel room and bring a small amount of money, to avoid any threats from the criminals. Moreover, don’t use taxi or bus, it is better to use train due to the hectic traffic during Songkran festival.

4. Book Earlier
As a Thailand’s national event, booking a hotel during D-day must be a real nightmare since most of the hotels were fully booked during Songkran Festival. Therefore, book your hotel in advance is important if you want to party in the popular district in Thailand like the capital city of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and others.

During the festival, you better prepare a rubber sandal because the street can be very slippery and dangerous. Don’t even think to barefooted during Songkran because sometimes you may find broken pieces of beer bottles.

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5. Have Fun
Lastly, prepare your gear including water gun and waterproof casing on the day of the event. The water fight starts in 2nd and 3rd day, at that time you can bargain until the prices can go really cheap. After the festival, you can go shopping in the biggest shopping capital in Asia, with local and international brands.

The last thing that must be remembered is to pay your respect. Visit a temple to show your respect, after all this is a religious festival. Have a great time playing around during Songkran’s Festival!


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Spookiest Places in Asia

Halloween is around the corner, spookiest time of the year for some of us. If you are looking to be spook out while in Asia, we have round up some of the spine-chilling and haunted places to put your guts to the test.

Proceed with care…

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Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Wandering inside the forest and enjoy the natures at its best is one of the enjoyable activity one would do, but not quite so if you are at this famous Japanese forest. You might accidentally stumble upon a skull laid beneath the layer of beautiful leaves. As nicknamed the suicide forest, the forest host about 100 desperate souls yearly. This has gone so severe that several signs and motivating quotes are placed outside the forest, in the hope to help anyone think twice before setting their foot on the mystery forest and never return.

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SMK, Cheras, Malaysia
Legend said has it that this school are not only rumoured to be haunted late at night but bears the myth of a real possessed case that cursed upon a female student. The girl reported to have sudden weird behaviours which were actually recorded; her creepily playing with a scissor, kicking and breaking a window glass with her bare hands. Well, who knows, it could be she just really angry with her school or there was a real powerful soul has taken over her.

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Manila Film Center, Pasay City, Philippines
Ghostly encounters at a cinema, nothing seems so strange right? I mean with all the horror movies we have seen, this could be just another of our mind tricks. Unfortunately, it was not the case at this place, where during its construction, on November 17, 1981, at least 169 workers got killed by the collapsed scaffolding ceiling. Worse, their bodies were believed to be buried under the quick drying cement, some were even buried alive! It has been reported with various bizarre events such as mysterious sounds, voices, and poltergeist activities.

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Jeju Island, Korea
You would think twice to spend the honeymoon at this famous touristic spot unless you want ghost hauntings to add on the spice in your love life. The site was once a torture field where 60,000 people were raped and burned tragically for being accused of involving in political conflict.

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Hanoi ghost house, 300 Kim Ma Street, Vietnam
This 3000 sq meter abandoned building was actually built on a cemetery. Needless to say, that is rather a house of ghosts, spirits, evil, devil, anything but human beings. All scary things you see on TV will certainly appear here: tables and chairs are arranged by nobody, brushes sweeping garbage, crying babies, etc. Nobody is allowed to enter the premises or take photos of the house.

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Shoe Factory at Bangpu Industrial Estate, Bangkok, Thailand
Just another industrial estate, that you may still find some good shoes scrap here and there as no one dares to enter it. When this factory got into a severe accident – the air compressor blew up and dragging several lives with its explosion, the owner still operate the business as per normal. Not long after, ghosts sightings happened so frequently that many employees got chased out and the business had to shut down eventually. In the end, the owner shot himself on the top floor of the factory.

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Ghost Palace Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
The Ghost Palace Hotel (also known as PI Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel & Resort) located on the way up to the iconic Bedugul Lake, built in the 1990s though it has never been commenced since then. Rumours has it that the abandoned resort was cursed by the competitor and haunted by the souls of dead labourers, who were forced to work under unsafe condition. Five stars resort in the jungle, no thanks, for the fainted hearts.

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Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
The place is believed to cursed as all the houses built with its roof collapses at one time or another. Go explore the story behind this unusual event yet make sure you don’t go there after sunset, as it is strictly prohibited by the government.

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Plain of Jars, Laos
Treasure hunt in this lesser known country may bring you some strange reward: huge collections of ancient jars deeply buried for God knows why. The field was once a battlefield during the Indochina War. Not that scary if the people around did not report to hear strange sounds and often encounter ghostly images of armies and fallen pilots at night.

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Phnom Penh, (City of Ghosts) Cambodia
Ha! Now that the entire city, the capital of Cambodia. After Khmer Rouge took control in the mid-1970s, the city quickly become an assassin field. Thousands were executed or being abandoned till dead as the city emptied.


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Diving in the City

I can’t say I am a hardcore diver but I have always wanted to learn how to dive. It actually took me 10 years to put my heart to it and I have gotten my Open Water License. Yay! More about it in our future post. One thing when I talk enthusiastically about diving to non-divers, they either have a nonchalant look or a look of terror. I guess not everyone is as charmed as me when it comes to the underwater world.

If you are a non-diver but yet too afraid to committed yourself to a course, there are ways to counter that fear. A lot of folks mistaken that you can only dive when you have a license. Not really true. You can actually experience diving in 3 different ways before you decided it is the sport that you want to invest your time, money and effort in.

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Diving in a Pool
You actually can request for a school to allow you to do tryouts in a swimming pool. Depending on different schools, they might allow do so if they own their own swimming pool for a fee. This is actually one of the most comfortable ways to try out scuba diving if you have a phobia but yet still want to give it a try.

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That’s me getting ready to dive!

Diving in an Aquarium
A lot of city aquariums allow diving in their aquarium together with their instructor. Usually comes in a package, inclusive of full equipment and full guidance from an instructor swimming next to you for 10 to 20 minutes. The exciting and amazing part is that you will see more type of marine life rather than in the sea in that short amount of time. It is here you can also opt for diving with the sharks, which I did when I went for diving at Bangkok Sealife Ocean World at Siam Paragon. Instead of a group diving session, it is more like a 20minutes with one to one with the instructor. So I felt really safe when I swam underneath the belly of a shark.

 

For more information: http://www.sealifebangkok.com/en/experience

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Diving in a Scuba Bubble Maker Course
Every diving school has a scuba bubble marker course where it is like an introductory course leading to the Open Water Course. You get individual attention from your instructor and he or she will be at your side at all times underwater. This is the closest you can get to scuba diving without taking a course. Unlike the below two options that is in a manmade controlled environment, you are diving in the sea, nearer to the shore.

If you want to do it, there are really no reasons not to try it out at any options given above. And if you get bitten by the scuba diving bug like me, you definitely should go and get your Open Water License so that you can explore more of the unknown mysterious sea below.

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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com