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Wheres the best spot in Western Malaysia for doing nothing?

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1. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 10y

Im talking hammocks, beaches, peace and quiet, good food, a few drinks and lots of time to read and relax......on a budget.


2. Posted by cstan (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

I think u can go to Pangkor Island, nice beaches and food.It is not a very big island, if u take a ride to the whole island only takes u about 2 to 3 hours.A nice beach that u wont feel crowd event in the week end, it is a very relaxing place.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Langkawi is another possibility.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

I love the Perhentians. Not much to do but relax. There is a scarcity of alchohol though, so if parties is priority, then give it a miss.

5. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 10y

Hi Joe,

Do you mean Western as in the peninsular itself (with Malaysian Borneo being the Eastern), or just the west coast of the peninsular?

If you mean the peninsular, then it is better to go to the east coast as the beaches and sea there are so much better than on the west coast. As suggested by Degolasse, the Perhentian islands is the place to go.

But if you mean just the west coast, then Pangkor island or Langkawi. Pangkor is about 3 hours from KL by road, while Langkawi is up north (5-6hrs). But it's a duty-free island with very cheap beers.

6. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 10y

Thanks Guys,

I did mean Peninsular Malaysia and not just the West Coast. The likelihood is that i'll just be killing time there for two or three weeks around the start of December, and i heard that the eastern coast might be best avoided as its rainy season.

I don't mind the rain, in fact if it keeps the crowds away im fine with rainy beaches but how bad does it get?

7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Surely there's not much to do when its chucking it down on a beach place. Sunbathe? When it rains in the monsoon, it really bloody throws it down. Was in Thailand at start and end of monsoon, not much to do other than sit undercover and eat/drink/play cards. I would have recommended the Perhentians until I saw when you're going. Somewhere so small, there might not be a lot open, or going on. Diving and snorkelling won't be as good because of the visibility.

So I'd say, stick with the dry places on the west coast. If you fancy a break from beaches and intense heat, and a bit of fresh air, nature and walking, the Cameron Highlands are lovely.

8. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

Hmmm, it will be wet season then. I'm travelling the west coast of the peninsular at the moment and the weather isn't really beach weather to be honest. I went to Pangkor and it rained (torrential rain) for the whole 2 days I was there. Everything was shut, all the food stalls, everything. There were hardly anyone around, the place was deserted. It was so dull.

As Clarabell says, the Cameron Highlands are very relaxing. I could easily have stayed there for days on end just chilling. Although, the weather will still not be great and there are no beaches (but there are mountains!). If you want to know anything about the cameron highlands, let me know

9. Posted by noorhizat (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

I prefer to go to Cameron highlands than any beach for relaxation and doing nothing. The cool mountain air can put your mind at ease and the pace of life there will get you doing the same.

10. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 10y

Youre painting a pretty bleak picture for me folks!

Not to worry. I'll have a few weeks making my way down from Bangkok to Singapore in December for flights, thats why I was asking. Not a great time to be there going by your responses but i'll make the best of it.

Anyone with any better ideas than getting rained-on on a beach with no-one around!? Cameron Highlands sound great but will the weather be bleak there too?