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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

hi there. my girlfriend and i embark on our travels in less than four weeks, and after a few days in bangkok our first port of call is malaysia. we plan on spending a month or so in malaysia before heading north and back into thailand. we haven't read much on malaysia but want to see islands with beautiful beaches and coral, jungle (preferably with monkeys!), turtles, indigenous tribes and basically anything or anywhere else that is worth a look. would prefer to have recommendations from fellow travellers rather than rely on a guidebook. the one place we are very keen on visting is pulau perhentian kecil... any advice about that particular island, eg ferries, wether in august, accommodation etc would be great.

so, basically where's hot and where's not in malaysia?

thanks guys,


2. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

reckon you could do Malaysia in two to three weeks and have more time for Thailand. Haven't travelled much here only KL and Cameron Highlands both well good, still in KL finding it very hard to leave, stay in the Backpackers Inn, rooftop bar is mint. Heard the islands are cool but nothing to Thai islands. Enjoy

3. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

There are a few great islands on the east coast. Perhentian is one of them. Is a great plc to dive as well. The accomodation is quite cheap, USD14/night for a chalet. There are quite a numbers of chalet there, google pulau perhentian, you can find loads of them.

To get there, Perhentian is located 21km off the Terengganu shore and accessible via Kuala Besut jetty. It takes only 30 minutes by boat to reach the island. In KL, you can get the bus ticket in Pudu Raya, you can stop at Jerteh bus stand and take taxi (RM20.00/car-early morning @ night, RM10.00/car day time) or bus (RM1.50/person) ride to Kuala Besut.

By Air : Air Asia operates daily flights to Kota Bharu from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

However, August is the beginning of Monsoon season, which it will be rainining season in east coast. But you still can give it a try, as this year all seasons seems to be delayed.

Hv a pleasant journey! :)

4. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting kucira

... However, August is the beginning of Monsoon season, which it will be rainining season in east coast. But you still can give it a try, as this year all seasons seems to be delayed.

The monsoon season doesn't start in August.

South-westerly monsoon: May-Sep
North-easterly monsoon: Nov-Mar

It is during the inter-monsoons periods that have more rains, and also during the beginning months of the north-easterly monsoon (Nov-Jan). This means to say that the operators on the islands in the west coast opens for business only from Apr/Mar to Sep.

5. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

sorry for the info. hien, thk for the clarification :)

6. Posted by nero (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

I just come back from Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia. I just gotta my open water diving licence and it cost only 750.00MYR here. i think it's cheap. well, since it is 1 of the most beautiful island in the world, so then it is.
The best place for backpackers is Redang Campsite and Chalet at Teluk Kalong. Food and service is excellent! so then with accommodation which made from wood and bamboo, make things created so different and unique. I gotta the info from Tourism Information Centre, Terengganu. Then, just went there, and it was exciting being there. Small island there like Kerengga Island and Ekor Tebu Island have marvelous creation such as white sharka, turtle, etc.


7. Posted by abang (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y

hey joey22...
c u in perhentian kecil this 31 august yeah....