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Islands in Malaysia

Chandigarh, India
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Islands in Malaysia

Hi

We are 2 couples planning for a small vacation to KL and some island in Malaysia for 5-6 days in May end.

We are coming from India and want to experience bit of commercial and beach life in this trip, so may be 2 days in KL and 3 at a beach place.

Can you please suggest which island should we go to, Already been to Langkawi.

Considering Penang and Genting or anyother

Please suggest which is more happening, better beaches , good nightlife?

Thanks in advance

R

Petaling Jaya...
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1. Re: Islands in Malaysia

Genting is not an island. Its on top of a mountain, no beach.

In Malaysia, you must either chose beach or nightlife. Other than Penang and Langkawi you won't get any serioud nightlife in any other island destination. Go to Thailand if thats what you want.

Edited: 10 April 2017, 16:43
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2. Re: Islands in Malaysia

Penang Island has a beach resort (Batu Ferringhi) but this is not normally the primary purpose for venturing there.

Suggest you research further as Penang Island is very unlike Langkawi and may or may not appeal.

Try looking at YouTube;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flhgqm4kv6c

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3. Re: Islands in Malaysia

Penang would be a good destination for beach plus commercial, assuming that your reference for commercial is shopping.

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4. Re: Islands in Malaysia

Have a look at www.mypenang.gov.my for ideas on Penang. You'll see there is plenty to do.

If budget is not a problem, and you want to relax, you could consider Pangkor Laut which is a resort on a private island. Not too far from KL either by bus or private transfer.

Singapore, Singapore
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5. Re: Islands in Malaysia

As mentioned, Genting is not an island, it is a casino resort on the highlands. Penang has some beaches but they are not the main reason to go there; Penang is more known for its history, culture and good food.

The nicer islands and beaches are on the east coast of the peninsula, but it may take a bit more effort to get there. You can look at Tioman, Redang or Perhentian Islands.

Chandigarh, India
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6. Re: Islands in Malaysia

Thanks everyone for your inputs.

After all the research, we have finalised Redang Islands for 3 nights. We have booked The Taaras Beach resort there , which looks like the best property in Redang. But the food reviews are not too good on tripadvisor (Any tips? )

So this leaves us with just 2 days in KL. Need inputs shall we consider going to Genting Highlands(which is not an island :)) or stick to exploring the KL city only/?

Thanks in advance

R

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7. Re: Islands in Malaysia

IMO just stick to KL when you have only 2 days.

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8. Re: Islands in Malaysia

Redang island is great for swimming & snorkelling ..

Just be sure to organise your transfer to Taaras Resort in advance either from Kuala Terengganu Airport or at the jetties.. Just curious if u r travelling by plane or bus from KL to the jetty?

U planned your timings 2 days is ok for KL sightseeing. Unless u have intention to gamble , skip Genting on your leftover 2 days..

Cheers

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