Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Perhentian Islands, Coral Bay
Perhentian Islands
Coral Bay
Perhentian Islands, jungle trek
Perhentian Islands
jungle trek

map of Perhentian Islands
map of the two Perhentian Islands
left: Pulau Perhentian Kecil (=small), right: Pulau Perhentian Besar (=big)


Excellent alternative online resources:

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh

Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands

Ferry schedule and booking from Kuala Besut to Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar

Taman Negara - Perhentian Island

How to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian Islands

Things to Do & See

Long Beach (Pasir Panjang)

Most popular beach on the small Island for backpackers with many chalets and restaurants, snorkel spots right at the beach

Coral Bay (Teluk Aur)

beach on the small Island, more relaxed and quite with excellent snorkel and dive spots and great sun sets

Pulau Perhentian Besar

The slightly bigger island offers more expensive resort style accommodation. For family travellers or those who like it more quiet and have an extra Ringgit to spend.

Pulau Perhentian Kecil

The small (=kecil) island. With plenty of low-priced accommodation the island is a backpackers favorite and can get quite crowded at peak season on Long Beach.

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Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant
Chalets, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
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Panorama Divers
Dive shop at Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil offering dive courses and snorkel trips. Panorama also has accommodation options and a restaurant. ... more
ACCOMMODATION

Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant

Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach.

Lemongrass Chalets & Restaurant

Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Chalets at the southern edge of the Beach

Rock Garden Village

Chalets on the most southern edge of Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil. One of the cheapest option on the Perhentians.

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Hotels in Perhentian Islands

Bubu Resort

hotel-style resort on Long Beach, Perhentian Island Kecil

Butterfly Chalets

basic chalets on Coral Bay, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with magnificent views

Related Flyers / Brochures
Matahari Dive Resort, Pulau Perhentian
brochure Dive Resort on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil including dive sites ... more
Quiver Dive Team, Pulau Perhentian
brochure for the Quiver Dive Team on Long Beach and Coral Bay (Pulau Perhentian Kecil) and at Arwana Resort (Pulau Perhentian Besar) ... more
Mohsin Chalet, Perhentian Island
6-page brochure of Mohsin Chalet and Cayaku Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small island) ... more