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1. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

Hi, I'm visiting Malaysia with my girlfriend on 30th September just for 2 weeks. The final 5 days or so we wanted to spend on a quiet sandy island just to chill, but I've heard to avoid the east coast islands due to the monsoons. Is this correct? I know these are the most beautiful islands so am a bit gutted but can't really find any info on this.

Will there be any point going? Any sun?

If not, any other islands that would be better?

PLEASE HELP!!! :)

Thanks

Chris

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Hey Chris,

What you heard is somewhat right. The northeast monsoon usually arrive at the end of October or early November. However, there were times when it came earlier or later. Like in last year, the monsoon came a little later than usual. Based on the "normal" schedule, there may be occasional showers (maybe an hour or two) at the time you're going, but not to the extent of a monsoon rain.

Which island do you plan to go? If you have not decided, I recommend Perhentian islands. Redang and Tioman is good too.

In case the monsoon does come earlier this year (touchwood! ), there are a couple on the west coast which you may go. Not as beautiful, but still nice nonetheless. They are Langkawi and Pangkor. Langkawi is one of the three duty-free islands in Malaysia. This translates to cheap booze! (how does 20p per 340ml can sound to you?) The other two duty-free islands are Tioman, Pahang on the east coast and Labuan at Sabah.

If you have any other questions about Malaysia, just fire away! :)

Hien

3. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

Hiya!! Thanks very much for this. We were planning on Tioman actually, but as i say, monsoons concern me!!!

The beer sounds good tho!!

Maybe we should wait until we get to KL and then decide based on latest weather, etc. ?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

I spent a week on the Perhantian Islands at the end of September/beginning of Oct and the weather was fine as the monsoon hadn't arrived yet. As you say, it's probably best to wait until you are in KL.
The perhentians are gorgeous so I would recommend them - i haven't been to Tioman, but my friend who i was in the Perhentians with went to both, and preferred the Perhentians.

5. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

Hi, the only thing is Ive heard theres no alcohol on the Perhentians!!

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Yeah, I think deciding it when you're here is better. My colleague's father is a fisherman on the east coast and his house is at the beach. If you want to know the weather condition when you're here, just let me know and I'll get him to phone his hometown to find out the latest situation there. :)

I've been to both Tioman and Perhentians as well, and I, too, prefer the latter. Tioman is bigger and more developed (which explains the duty-free status) while Perhentians is still quite basic -- one of the not-so-developed among the tourist-flocked islands on the east coast.

As for alcohols... well, I think the beauty of the place will make up for the lack of it.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 4, 2007, at 8:17 AM by Hien ]

7. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

Nice one, thanks very much for your help.

(I sound like an alcoholic, i know!!)

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

we did find at least one bar on the perhentians that sold beer :)

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting redknight5

(I sound like an alcoholic, i know!!)

So, are you one?

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting bex76

we did find at least one bar on the perhentians that sold beer :)

Me and my friends didn't drink when we were there a few years ago, so I didn't really give a thought about that in my first reply. But now that you mention finding at least one bar, I think the one at Bubu Long Beach (where we stayed) did sell beer.