Malaysia Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd

Malaysia Tourist Traps

  • Taxi Driver Scams

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    KL is one of my favorite vacation destinations in Asia. Already visited 3 times. This was the first time I took a taxi at night trying to reach my nearby hotel quickly from klcc. The hotel was about 10 minutes walk actually. The Indian taxi driver straightway took a u turn and started driving opposite direction away from klcc. When we asked why he...

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  • Snake-less Temple

    Penang Tourist Traps

    I read everyone's comments about the snake temple but i still decided to go. Yes there really arent many free reigning snakes around however for a small price the temple has a mini zoo enclosure of snakes and this was very interesting! We even had the opportunity to go into a cage with one which i obviously declined!

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  • Petronas Twin Towers

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    One word: Fantastic, extraordinary. All the buildings are very beautiful, very early book his place at the counter, plus they speak a little French. The tower staff is very friendly, and more for free. Taking pictures at night is even more impressive. The shopping mall at the bottom of the towers is also great! A very drunk to spend time in these...

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  • Eateries w food at cut-throat price

    Penang Tourist Traps

    no doubt you can find varies of penang hawker food here nonetheless, ask for the price before you order. there is no price listed on the food. hee.. if you speak in hokkien (local dialet), you get the local price. anyway, dun take things for granted, local people like me got cheated too :( as long as you open ur mouth to ask for the price, well.....

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  • Chinatown

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    Use bargaining to your advantage, start with 50% of quoted price and retreat softly . Never be violent as these fellows can be nasty. Go around the market once or twice without touching or asking but looking at all the wares. This way the shopkeepers assume you have asked the price somewhere else also. Bargaining becomes easier. Go to malls, almost...

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  • Batu Caves

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    Don't be tempted by the "half day" trips to the Batu Caves, unless you want to spend 3 hours looking around factory shops and half an hour actually at the caves. The caves themselves are certainly worth visiting, especially for some great photos and if you like getting up close and personal with macaques, but we thought the organised tour was a...

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  • Menara Telecommunications Tower

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    I paid the expensive price to the tower at dusk hoping to get some nice shots oly to find at the top too many people hogging the few areas to take shots from. Also the windows were rather small with too many frame obstructions. Try to go when not packed.

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  • Delinquent Primates

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    Those little monkey doesnt really afraid of people. They even like to chased. If you go to Batu Caves for visit their caves, you will absolutely face the problems. well,... it's not biting just chasing on the other word is approaching as welcoming you to the goddes place of Hindu's. Just shot a picture of them. dont they just look cuteeee............

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  • Genting Highland VIEW Resort

    This resort wasn't really a tourist trap, except the name is a bit deceiving for two reasons. First, we thought this was going to be the GENTING HIGHLAND RESORT. It wasn't, of course, rather it was a resort with a "view" of the Genting Highland Resort. Second; because from our living room window we should have had a view of the Genting Highland...

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  • Beware of Overpricing Taxi

    Beware of overpricing taxi drivers. As with other countries do insist for the metered taxi, especially if you're on a budget travel. Ask before you ride. Do take advantage of the trains and buses in going around places as much as possible.

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  • Fish Spa - know your fish to avoid being...

    There are countless fish spas in Malaysia, but only a handful of these shops use the correct fish. The species that should be used is the Garra Rufa (Doctor Fish). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_fishMany outlets use juvenile Tilapias instead. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TilapiaThere are no health benefits associated with Tilapias nibbling at...

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  • Poring Hotsprings - Sabah

    Poring hotsprings is not worth a visit, its a real disappointment. We went there expecting a big natural spring, but instead we a bunch of large concrete baths that have hot and cold taps to fill them up. It was crowded with locals having a 'bath' so had to wait for ever to sit a what I can only discribe as a dirty outdoor, public bath tub....

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  • to hold you bags or not too???

    Bag snatching. On the first day we arrived we decided to go for a walk...as we walked down the road we were concious of our bags however when we stopped at the lights my friend decided to take a photo and low and behold a guy on a bike came around the corner and snatched her camera from her hand she had the strap around her wrist so it got caught...

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  • Taxi Fare!

    Most of the taxi that we rode used their meters but on our first day in Kuala Lumpur, this taxi driver asked us for 15 ringgit from our hotel to our shopping destination. We thought it was the right price since in Manila, taxi fare can reach up to 100 pesos but to our surprise, on our way back, the other taxi that we got only cost us about 7 riggit...

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  • Buying at Night Markets

    My Fellow Travelers... How many of us have been ripped off by some person selling products for twice the price of the next person??? I was at the markets at Batu Feringgi Markets and there was this man trying to sell another tourist a table runner for 25 RM, normally I wouldnt mention it but the previous night I had seen the exact same table runner...

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  • bus travel in Malaysia

    This is the second it happened in Butterworth while we were travelling from Thailand to Singapore. The first time we paid our Bus to Singapore, but we were only brought to Johor Bahru. The second time was worst. Beware of this Travel agent, JETTY ENTERPRISE in Butterworth. We came down from Thailand, supposed to get a bus to SIngapore from them....

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  • taxi in kuala lumpur can be pretty...

    if u travel in kuala lumpur especially in pudu raya area, please beware of the taxi drivers , sometimes they purposely charged you more than regular prices. they ripped off tourist as well as locals. : (

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  • Taxi Trap

    Good thing I read all of KL tips here before traveling coz what they say about taxi drivers not using thier meter were all true! So beware! If a taxi driver asks for a fixed price and doesn't want to use his meter, then all you need to do is transfer to another descent and honest taxi driver in KL. There still are honest drivers here you know.

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  • Old trick - Malaysian dollar not US...

    This is an old tourist trap. Hopefully you will not encounter it anymore. In the 1965, Malaysian, Brunei and Singapore currency were at par and used interchangeable and commonly called "Dollar". Malaysian currency is now called "Ringgit" (RM=Ringgit Malaysia) but the word dollar is still used by some.So if you are bargaining on a price and the...

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  • KL Central LRT station

    KL sentral as the name suggests, connects many public transport systems such as the monorail, train and light railway transit. I stopped here to take a cab to JW Marriot Hotel and it cost me RM9 as you have to prepay at the counter before entering the cab.The same journey later from the hotel to the station only cost RM6. Perhaps it is cheaper to...

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  • Disadvantage of making yourself stand...

    You will find the occassional salespersons that try to sell you that tries to con you, however it helps to go to check out alot of places before making your mind up ;) you will find that it is worth it at the end. Cab drivers are as always the worst if your thinking of getting a cab to travel to a long distance location. Make sure when your there,...

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  • A Nose Specialist ?

    This is a specialist in the other kind - tricking unsuspecting folks, not you I hope.Probably a practitioner of traditional medicine. He's been healing some sick people, no doubt. Go the the city or town where there are properly trained physicians to deal with your nose, eyes, body, head, heart or soul.

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  • For 1 night only!

    I think that Johor Bahru (just over the causway from Singapore) itself is a bit of a let down. It is one of those places that you can only stay 1 night. You'll probably end up doing that anyway. Sorry to anyone that lives here! Have a walk around the city or go shopping. Head straight for Kuala Lumpur.

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  • Beware of Taxi Drivers

    Being a local doesn't exclude you from the occasional mountebank. Taxi drivers are required to use the meter, yet many charge a fix rate. Always discuss with the driver before actually getting in to the car about the destination and the rates they charge... tip is not obligatory, though i do it on habit.

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  • Taxi at Puduraya

    Don't believe the taxi driver at pudaraya, not matter how you bargain, you will find out the price is much higher than the normal rate. If your luggages are too heavy, you are no choice, then you should start bargaining, any trip within Kuala Lumpur City should not over RM15. Make use of the public transport, i.e LRT, it is a LRT station right...

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  • Canopy in Taman Negara

    You don't need a package to do it, simply take a boat to reach it (is very close to the main center of accomodations). Avoid holidays weekends because you may found queue.

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  • Hiring a driver - not a good idea

    If you plan on hiring a driver to tour you around, which is economically viable, this driver won't take you where you ask to be taken. Instead, he'll stop at every single one of his friend's local shops or rubber factories. It's really annoying - no matter how firm you are, or how insistant that you absolutely refuse to go anywhere except for where...

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  • Tipping

    Tipping is not obligatory or expected in Malaysia, though it is acceptable to tip moderately for courteous and efficient service in restaurant and hotels. There is already a service tax included in the bill If it's really good service, you can always round the bill up to the nearest Ringgit.

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  • Bus tickets: Taman Negara - KL

    At Taman Negara National Park, fellows wearing officially looking T-shirts sell bus tickets to KL. When the bus arrived, the driver told us that tickets bought from the one guy we had been so lucky to meet, were no good. Because this particular guy was too slow paying the money pack to the transportation company. There was absolutely no way anyone...

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  • Trapped by Fishermen!

    Actually, this is no tourist trap. But if you happen to get caught in this guys fishing net, then you certainly will be trapped!This photo was taken in Georgetown, Penang. This guy picked up more junk than he did fish. And the fish that he caught were really small too! Bring a knife just in case you get caught in the fishermen's nets. Then you can...

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  • The Malaysian are in general...

    The Malaysian are in general very honest and sincere! They even run after you if you've forgotten some change at a shop! In all my travels I never was a victim of a tourist trap and I never felt like I had paid too much for anything. Some of the cheap tours (like in the Cameron Highlands) are quite funny, because they do not only show you sights...

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  • Danger?

    Before your get there, please have at least one travelling guide with you!When you wanna travel around the city area, before you get into any taxi/cab, please ask for a few to compare the prices, you may want to check the market rate with local people, they can tell you.Some of the market are prominenet in selling fake products, you may need to...

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  • Watch for parking. You may be...

    Watch for parking. You may be tempted to park anywhere, but maybe you can go in a paying parking. Even anywhere, check for the parking attendant under a tree.It might cost you an incredible outrageous 10 cents for a whole day. It's better than a US$1 ticket ;-)

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  • KL Petronas Twin Towers

    Don't bother actually going to the towers because you can see them from anywhere in Kuala Lumpur and you can't go in them unless you're very lucky and even then its not worth the money spent. Go at night, the view is amazing. As long as you stay in a hotel nearby, you can walk to it (but watch the traffic). If you really wanna go in them. Get...

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  • Light and Sound show in...

    Light and Sound show in Melaka. The light show consists of green and red floodlights momentarily brightening the nearby mansion and A'Famosa and the sound show is a muffled account of Malaysia's history. Trust me, just go to the museum which, by the way, is free.

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  • Penang. Yes, all of it.I was...

    Penang. Yes, all of it.I was told that I absolutely could not miss Penang, but why I've yet to work out. It's brutally polluted and not very interesting - lots of crumbling colonial architecture and little else to occupy tourists. If you've only got a short time, skip it - there's lots of good food elsewhere in the country.

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  • The jungle train.One wacked...

    The jungle train.One wacked out guidebook suggests that the views from the day jungle train are 'superb'. Yeah, right. Look, the first hour is fun and you get to see lots of greenery flashing by, but by the 5th hour you're a bit bored and by the 12th hour you'd like to slit your wrists because you realize that you've wasted a perfectly good day on...

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  • ALWAYS BARGAIN. When you go to...

    ALWAYS BARGAIN. When you go to stalls for souvenirs or something, do be careful as some would mark up the original price. This happens especially when you go to markets or anywhere likewise. Remember, never fall for it.

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  • not a tourist trap - but a...

    not a tourist trap - but a cochroach trap is soomething you may feel the need for!!! they are harmless but many people are just cruelly squashing them alive :( when you observe them really closely, they are even quite cute! but ok, fair enough, you do not want one lay on your pillow when you wake up... :D

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  • PETALING STREET (fraud...

    PETALING STREET (fraud market)Know this folks, no matter how much the stall owners try to convince you or how genuine th products look, DKNY tees, Rolex watches and CK perfumes arent sold on streetstalls in Malaysia. You need to go to a boutique for that. Most products sold at petaling Street are fake items. A rolex watch will be sold to you at...

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  • Beware of touts, those guys...

    Beware of touts, those guys trying to sell you bus tickets NOT at the ticket counters. Very prevalent at the PUDURAYA Bus Station in KL. I'm Malaysian, but I was sucked into this blood-suckers tactics. Wanted to go to Kuantan and DESPERATE too. So, I bought this ticket sold by these touts and guess what? We were suddenly aboard this old bus, no air...

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  • The taxis from the airport are...

    The taxis from the airport are a real killer, costing you a good US$50-$100 to get anywhere. Sometimes, it's better to go around in a large group so that the unit cost would go down.Also, if you don't mind cramping in little mini-vans, there are such vans operating between towns and villages. They are quite easily identified, with the names of the...

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  • So.... here you are some...

    So.... here you are some pictures about this hindu ritual. As soon as I understand further about the meaning of it I'll include.... (any help would be appreciated ! )

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  • In Kuala Lumpur in...

    In Kuala Lumpur in particular, the Taxi drivers are a pain. In many instances, they would simply rather go without work rather than take you someplace for a reasonable fare. Dont be afraid to turn one down and ALWAYS ask the fare before getting in. In many instances, I found they would quote you 200 - 300% of what it should cost, and if they...

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  • Internet booking of...

    Internet booking of hotels.This is not necessarily a Malaysia specific comment, but since Malaysia is where I got bitten, my Malaysia page is where I will grumble about it.I am talking here about the Concorde hotel and the Shangri La. They are one of these businesses who are into a 'me too' e-business program. Look the hotel up on the web, and you...

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