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Old 04-08-2014, 01:23 AM
 
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Why?
I like to visit historical sites, such as palaces, churches, temples, etc. Malaysia has fewer of those compared to other neighboring countries. If I go to Malaysia, I usually book a nicer hotel though, as they are mostly good value for what it costs and stay more time at the hotel.

 
Old 04-08-2014, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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No i don't think so, many Indonesians still go to Malaysia despite some cultural and climate similarity. Yeah like what Pinai had said the promotion there is lacking and diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Philippines is just plain lacking, despite its close proximity and the fact that both are ally.

Destinatioon's reputation is also an important factor for Indonesians.
Yes, they are very similar in many respects, archipelagos with many people of differing ethnic groups, a lingua franca based on a regional dialect/language, dominated by Abrahamic religions etc, mostly Austronesian linguistically.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I like to visit historical sites, such as palaces, churches, temples, etc. Malaysia has fewer of those compared to other neighboring countries. If I go to Malaysia, I usually book a nicer hotel though, as they are mostly good value for what it costs and stay more time at the hotel.
Malaysia has lots of churches, temples and mosques. Have you been to Malacca, George Town, Kelantan, Ipoh? The Batu caves near KL, Malacca has churches as old as anything in the Philippines. You can experience a lot of Malay culture in Kelantan and Terrenganu. East Malaysia has the interesting local cultures of the Iban/Dayak/Kalabit etc. The longhouses etc, although East Malaysia is mostly Christian and dominated by natives not Malays.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 01:41 AM
 
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Malaysia has lots of churches, temples and mosques. Have you been to Malacca, George Town, Kelantan, Ipoh? The Batu caves near KL, Malacca has churches as old as anything in the Philippines. You can experience a lot of Malay culture in Kelantan and Terrenganu. East Malaysia has the interesting local cultures of the Iban/Dayak/Kalabit etc. The longhouses etc, although East Malaysia is mostly Christian and dominated by natives not Malays.
Haven't been to Malacca. Been to George Town. Should have passed by Ipoh. No interest to visit Kelantan. Most mosques in Malaysia are off limits to non-Muslims anyway. Besides, is that where they have Sharia Law? Out of that list, I'll probably go to Malacca in the future, but it's just a bit too far for something not as old or as grand as elsewhere. Been to a cultural village in Sarawak and have seen the longhouses.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 01:47 AM
 
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Haven't been to Malacca. Been to George Town. Should have passed by Ipoh. No interest to visit Kelantan. Most mosques in Malaysia are off limits to non-Muslims anyway. Besides, is that where they have Sharia Law? Out of that list, I'll probably go to Malacca in the future, but it's just a bit too far for something not as old or as grand as elsewhere. Been to a cultural village in Sarawak and have seen the longhouses.
Yes Malacca (Melaka) is the oldest European settlement in Malaya, founded in the 1500s. It's a bit like Galle, Sri Lanka, in that it passed hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch to the British.



Christ Church Malacca is a historical landmark. Recently George Town and Malacca were declared UNESCO world heritage sites for culture.

Malaysia though doesn't have much left of the pre Islamic Buddhist/Hindu culture like Borobodur or something though.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Malacca, ahhh brings back memory i love walking around the town and food hunting in streets, but its nothing comparable to penand and somewhat dissapointing because its grossly too commercialized (and the funny ugly windmill trying to resemble netherland?). People keep telling e about its dutch history but i just plain find nothing dutch or portuguese about the city. And the temples there is nothing impressive compared to penang.

And err isnt malacca originally Malay settlement rather than European settlement originally.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 02:02 AM
 
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I think Malaysia combines the best of Thailand and the Philippines in that respect, although of course Thailand is more interesting for many reasons (the culture), although Malaysia wins in diversity. Malaysia has better English than the Philippines, more natural beauty (rainforest, fauna, the highest peak in SEA excluding Burma), the diversity of cultures/food, is more developed than Thailand or the Philippines, less people cheating you/hassling you.
You really have to visit before concluding. Philiipines is a country of its own in Asia, if there is anything similar with Malaysia & Phils,its the people looking somewhat similar but the rest I dont see any similarity, so that "combined Thai & Phils" is not true. Any country similar to the Phils its I think New Zealand which is your neighbor, at least in natures bounty. If there is anything what you call natural beauty,rainforest in Malaysia I would think its mostly located in Sabah, which is still being contested as part of Philippine territory. And I dont think there is what you call more developed food/culture. It all boils down to personal preference. Personally, I would like to try their food to check if they really are good to my taste. Malaysia with better English than Phils? Well, I think I wouldnt say anything at all but I reckon its very obvious
 
Old 04-08-2014, 02:29 AM
 
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No i don't think so, many Indonesians still go to Malaysia despite some cultural and climate similarity, i mean there are more similarities you would see in Indonesia and Malaysia rather than Philippines. Yeah like what Pinai had said the promotion there is lacking and diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Philippines is just plain lacking, despite its close proximity and the fact that both are ally.

Destination's reputation is also an important factor for Indonesians.
Most common complaint from Filipinos who had been to Indonesia is the horrendous traffic, both in Jakarta and Bali. They'll say they went on vacation to escape such traffic jams only to experience exactly the same thing as what is available at home.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 02:38 AM
 
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I want on a 14 day cruise to the Caribbean. Going down to the dining room are waiter was from the Philippines the most beautiful women I ever seen and we hit it off big together and exchange email.I sent her few emails no answer back.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 02:38 AM
 
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^^ I still think the reason they wont come aside from poor promotions and ads is the purchasing power. Why Koreans, Taiwanese, Japanese and Chinese tourist are plenty in the Phils? Probably because ordinary people from those countries can afford a Philippine escapade which can be very difficult for ordinary Indonesians,Malaysians,Thais. There could be some but it would be the upper class or the upper middle- income but not much.
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