Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island)  is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.

Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Pulau Kapas, rocky east coast of Pulau Kapas
Pulau Kapas
rocky east coast of Pulau Kapas
Pulau Kapas, beach
Pulau Kapas
beach

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Accommodations in Pulau Kapas

Gem Island Resort & Spa

private island, Pulau Kapas

Resort
ACCOMMODATION

Kapas Beach Chalets (KBC)

backpacker friendly chalets on Pulau Kapas

Mak Cik Gemuk Beach Resort

Makcik Gemuk Beach Resort has 63 chalet with basic facilities. Next to KBC

Kapas Turtle Valley Beach Resort

dutch-run romantic boutique resort with 6 private bungalows and 2 family rooms.

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Kapas Island Resort

biggest resort on Pulau Kapas

Kapas Beach Chalets (KBC)

backpacker friendly chalets on Pulau Kapas