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1. Posted by tinyjane (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I are thinking of going to Malaysia for the first time...ideally looking for a beach holiday somewhere relaxed and quiet....any suggestions would be very much appreciated about locations, prices, accommodation etc

Many thanks,

2. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

how long are u intending to stay? :) also, any budget? it would be easier for us to answer you if u provide such answers.

3. Posted by LaurenJ (Budding Member 52 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I went to the Perinthian(unsure of spelling, but something like that!)Islands, probably the most beautiful place I've ever been to, it's like a little paradise. However, VERY VERY quite, very little to do there, altough we stayed on the smaller island (there are 2) which I was told is quieter than the bigger one. Water as clear as crystal, scuba diving fantastic and very cheap if you fancy a bit of that. I'm a bit rusty on prices now, but if you got the lonely planet guide it has all the accom and prices listed. Hope this helps x

4. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

there are plenty of beaches to offer. from the northwest of peninsular malaysia there are penang island, langkawi island to name. at the east peninsular there are redang island, perhentian island and more. for somewhere relaxed and quiet, would recommend langkawi, redang or tioman island. can check for more. hope it help in some way :)


5. Posted by kidd27 (Respected Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Malaysia offer abundant of great, nice, scenic beaches both in the Peninsula (West and East coast) and Borneo. Since I'm living on the Peninsula, I can give some ideas on what you can enjoy over here. First, if you're in KL, the best and nearest spot that you can indulge for some quiet beach getaway is the Pangkor Island. This island located in the state of Perak, neigbouring KL and Selangor, offers one of the best in Malaysia. If you're on backpacking basis, there are many available budget chalets located along the Teluk Nipah beach on the island, range from anything between USD15 to USD20 or cheaper. If you would have more to spend on accomodations and would like to have more privacy, then head to the Pangkor Island Beach Resort in which for USD40 per person per night, you get a 5 star hospitality. You can get to this island from KL by express buses at the Duta Rd Bus Terminal and should cost you less than USD4 for one way trip. Take the KL-Lumut bus service and journey is about 4 hours. Once you're at the jetty, go straight to the ferry ticket service counter located at right hand side of the pier's entrance. Ignore those touts who may have all sorts of fantastic packages being put up to you in the offing. Ferry ticket should cost around USD6 for round trip, be sure to keep it safe if you opt for the latter. Once you reached the island, you'll find many pink colour minivan taxis who also double up as "agents" for hotels and chalets in the island. Beware of those who try to rip you off your money by offering you best beach spots' chalets and hotel. If you want to engaged these sort of services, be sure you enquire on the rates of the hotels/chalets that they are going to bring you to. Some are of cause quite honest, so look for those who give the best rates. You can also negotiate with these taxi drivers for day trips to the sights on the island.

Second if you're in Penang, the northern state of Malaysia, then you can head to Langkawi Island, which also suit your need for quite and nice beaches. I have not been travelling from Penang to Langkawi, but I believe there are direct ferry services between these 2 islands. Else you can get to Langkawi from Penang by bus from the main terminal bus station in Georgetown. Enquire the services from express bus counters at the terminal. You can take the Penang-Kuala Kedah or Penang-Kuala Perlis service. Kuala Kedah is located at the Kedah state while Kuala Perlis in Perlis. Both piers have ferry services to Langkawi. Once you reached the Kuah pier on Langkawi Island, you can either opt to rent your own car for a private adventures or you can engaged the taxi services. There are many beaches along the island which you can choose from to have quite retreat. Check out this from the Langkawi Tourism authority in Kuah. If you're travelling from KL, take the KL-Kuala Kedah or KL-Kuala Perlis bus sevice. It should costs less than USD8 for 1 way journey. If you have not booked your stay, then check with Langkawi Tourism office in which you can seek advice or guide on which hotels/chalets/resorts that you can choose to stay.

Third, on the east coast peninsula. You can get to Mersing in Pahang state, where you can engage the speed boat services to Tioman Island. At Mersing, you can arrange for your accomodations with the chalets/resorts agents in advance. Once you've done with the bookings, the speed boat operator will arrange to take you to the pre-arranged place of stay.

On the north of Pahang, you can choose to holiday in Redang, Lang Tengah Island in Terengganu or Perhentian Island in Kelantan. If you chose Redang or Lang Tengah Island you can get to the islands from Kuala Terengganu or Merang piers. Again you can get the bus from KL to these jetties direct. If you want to hop to Perhentian Island, then take the boat service from Kuala Besut piers, also in Terengganu.

Enjoy your holiday in Malaysia.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 11, 2007, at 6:14 PM by spurs94 ]

6. Posted by gorgeous (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm flying to kuala lumpur this july. ill be there roughly 5 days. Please give me info about Malaysia's accommodation, tours, attractions, food, must-haves and anything else you'd like to share. biggrin.gif

I'm also thinking whether to go to Singapore or Thailand by train. for those who have tried this, is it recommendable? how long is it from KL to Singapore? KL to Phuket or Bangkok?.any suggestions regarding accommodations, attractions, tours in Singapore and Thailand? biggrin.gif

7. Posted by waterlily (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi gorgeous, since it's only gotta be a short stay, I'd suggest you to travel around Kuala Lumpur, if you have time, you may go to Penang (an island located north of Peninsula M'sia). You should not miss the Petronas Twin Towers in KL city centre, next to it, there's a shopping centre called Suria KLCC. If you're into handicrafts, try Pasar Seni. Both places are accessible by LRT (light rail transit). For more detailed information about Malaysia, do visit this website:

It's really time-consuming to travel by train to either Singapore or Thailand. You might want to book a cheap flight at to fly to Phuket from KL. Airasia is the low cost airline in M'sia, similar to Ryanair or Easyjet in the UK.

Have a pleasant trip.

8. Posted by maggie21 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Since you are already in Malaysia, you may wish to drop by Singapore as well.

You can easily get a bus from Bangsar in KL to go to Singapore. It arrives at Novena Train Station in Singapore. Pretty convenient and comfortable.

The cost for return from KL-Singapore and back is RM 100.

Singapore has many interesting things to see as well.

You may wish to know more from this website which I found useful

Have a good trip!

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9. Posted by kidd27 (Respected Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Gorgeous,

From KL to Phuket, you should check out the premier budget airline AirAsia @ You can get very reasonable air ticket for as low as USD 12 for 1 way trip excluding airport tax, fuel surcharge and other applicable costs. Other destinations to Thailand include Bangkok and Chiang Mai. This budget airline offer very irresistable fares. Look out for its bargain sale which are on weekly basis. I would strongly recommend that you engage the air travel with AirAsia as it save you time and costs wise, land travel shall not be distinctively cheaper as compared to AirAsia. To Singapore, you can also take the KL-Johor Bahru route with AirAsia, in which then you can either take the taxi or bus to Singapore. The fare for this route is also value for your money. Else, you can take the bus from KL to Singapore with the Nice bus company. Check out the website @ Journey will take approximately 5 hours, while with flight, it takes about 45 minutes. However, I should reiterate that the bus servive of Nice is efficient, easy and comfortable. If you would like to enjoy the Malaysian scenery and have the time, then this is a good option. Of course it would be cheaper too for the KL-Singapore route overland.

In KL, you have plenty of places in which should be in your iteneries. This include the KL Tower, KLCC Twin Towers, Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Merdeka Square, KL Bird Park, National Museum, the National Palace and Putrajaya to name a few. For food you can head to the Petaling Street and Alor Street where you can find varieties of street delicacies that comes with cheap prices. Accomodation wise, you can go to places like Alor Street and Tengkat Tong Shin Street for budget accomodations.

Hope this give you some guide that you need.

10. Posted by gorgeous (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

my friend and i decided that we'll just go around malaysia for our whole stay because it would be too tiring to travel to bangkok or singapore.. do you have any suggestions where we could stay that is convenient for shopping and sight seeing? a three star hotel would be fine.. is anyone willing to accompany us tour us around malaysia? we'll be arriving on the first of august and leaving on the fifth. thanks!