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8 Budget Backpacking Routes To Conquer South East Asia Like A True Traveller

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7. Malaysia & Brunei

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Recommended Time: 5 – 7 weeks

Budget: $800

Route: Melaka – KL – Cameron Highlands – Penang – Langkawi – Taman Negara – Tioman Island – Kuching – Bornean Jungle – Gunung Mulu National Park – Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) – Kinabalu National Park – Semporna Archipelago.

Being the closest country to Singapore, Malaysia is quite often overlooked as a prime holiday destination. If you’re guilty of only the occasional trip to KL for shopping, perhaps it’s time to take that month off and truly explore this neighbouring state.

Start in Melaka for some great food and street shopping before doing the mandatory visit to KL, and perhaps try something different like visiting the canopy walk at the KL Forest Eco Park in the heart of the city. Then, move on to take on the winding roads up to Cameron Highlands and visit some of the many tea plantations.

Penang is another excellent stop for amazing local food before heading to Langkawi for its pristine beaches. Continue your adventures in the wilds of Taman Negara and Tioman Island, take in old colonial building architecture in Kuching before diving straight back into some unique wildlife appreciation in the Bornean Jungle.

Climb through cave systems in Gunung Mulu National Park before flying to Miri where you can take a bus to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei. Cross back into Malaysia and visit Kinabalu National Park before winding down your trip, wading in the clear waters of the Semporna Archipelago in Sabah.

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