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Be it chill out retreats, island escapism or developed resorts, Peninsular Malaysia has so much choice
Of the Peninsular Malaysia beach options, the west coast islands of Penang and Langkawi are probably the best known. They are both a 60 minute flight from Kuala Lumpur, and have the same weather patterns (see below) but that is where the similarity ends.
Penang is highly developed with many hotels. It is also the chosen retreat of the more affluent Malaysians who have holiday homes and high rise condominiums. The beaches are good, especially in the Batu Ferringgi area, although at times the sea quality can be affected by the numerous ships using the busy Malacca Straits channel. Some of the best priced hotels in the entire region are found here. The island offers good sightseeing, with several ornate Chinese temples, a lively and historic capital city, George Town, and several golf courses. In the Batu Ferringgi resort area you have numerous restaurants and a street market. There is some night life, but do not expect the hedonistic excesses found in some neighbouring countries.
Langkawi is much less developed, with still just a few international quality hotels. The pace here is deliberately slower than Penang, and scenically much more spectacular with rice fields, mountains, dense forests, small villages and some truly spectacular beaches. There are also off shore islands with generally superb water quality. Night life is low key. Mainly centred around the hotels, although the Cenang Beach area has numerous restaurants and chill out bars, some with music. Some excellent sightseeing, including cable car ride ending with fantastic views, mangrove swamp tours, plus a couple of golf courses.
About Tioman Island
Tioman Island is located on the opposite south east coast. Here the appeal is chillout retreats, of which we feature just one, the delightful and very boutique Japa Mala. Snorkelling, diving and total relaxation. Compatible company could be important, and restaurant options are mainly confined to the hotel.
Further up the peninsular coast line, at north east point, we feature the elegant Tanjong Jara Resort. You fly one hour from KL to Kuala Terengganu and then take a 60 minute road transfer to the resort. This area is traditional Malay, proudly conservative, little Kampong Villages, and superb beaches. Nightlife is virtually non existent, intentionally.
The West coast resorts are at their best November to late April. The months May to October can see increased rainfall – usually in short sharp bursts, and higher sea swells. The East coast is the reverse with April to October the most popular times when the sea is generally calm and the sun bright. The winter months are clearly off season with many resort activities cancelled or curtailed.
Peninsular Beach Resorts, Malaysia – CHIC Locations
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All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.
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