I am a female traveller, and for the first time will be travelling on my own. I will be visiting Malaysia Mid May and staying until Mid July. I wish to spend most of my time if possible on the East Coast Islands. I have been to Tioman (Which I like.) a couple of times and the Larger of the Perhentian Islands (Which was a little crowded and rowdie for me, but I enjoyed it never the less.) I would like to visit some of the smaller islands, but all the accommodation appears to be really expensive especially when you add on the single supplements they all seem to have. Is there anyway around having to stay at the expensive resorts? Any little know backpacker places? Which would be the Islands people would most recommend? Any other thought or recommendations?
Langkawi, Malaysia is a very beautiful island. You can book a campsite at Pantai Chenang for less than RinggitM$15 w/unlimited shower. Or RinggitM$5 w/unlimited shower (with your own tent). There is a backpackers dorm too. You can check out the accomodation here.
reli appreciate you come to visit malaysia.
about the budgeted island vacation, i recommend Pangkor Island which is situated in the west coast. it might not be as beautiful as east coast island, but is worth to pay a trip there. it is a small fishing village island, where u could rent a bike touring the whole island.There is chalet by the seaside just cost less than RM50 per nite,but need to share the washroom if u don't mind.
there is agent taking you off the shore to hang around some small islands a, even provide service for snorkling and and banana boat riding. for scuba diving, I am not sure. but I did get my PADI license in Payar island, a small island nearby Langkawi, a paradise and training ground for scuba diving lovers. I havent get those experience since getting my license 3 years back, wondering if I still remember the basic skill, at least.
Have u been to Bali island. I am planing a trip ther this year. just want to get some relevant information about the accomodation and place of interest.
Or maybe do you have any reccommeded spot?
Hope to here u soon
Thanks for your nice replies and suggestions. Unfortunatly, both Langkawi and Pangor are both far more developed than the type of Island I am looking for. I visited Pangor just before christmas 06. I have not been to Bali (yet!)
Hi Reidi. Okay I am going to suggest something different. Why not go to Sabah which you can reach cheaply via a Royal Brunei flight which takes only about 40 minutes. Off the Sabah coast there are about 4-5 islands and on two I am certain you can stay overnight and dive. I would suggest you look up the Sabah Tourism web site through Google. These islands are popular but not overcrowded and certainly no cars around and if you want to get across to the mainland for something different you can. Really is very exotic. My wife and I visted Sabah two years ago and can't wait to go back and that was after being to Penang 13 times in 10 years!