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  • dougs077

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    Hi, I'm looking for some advice - I'm spending two weeks in Malaysia in September and I'm looking for places to visit. I like taking my time so don't want to do too much and have travelled a lot in SE Asia (though not Malaysia) and find I like the quieter places, that are a bit off the beaten track. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm on a budget, but not a really tight one, am a big beach fan, but also like a bit of activity and love street food......flying into KL, but from I can see Malaysian mainland looks pretty easy to get around. Anyone have any suggestions? Would be most appreciated!

    #1 Posted: 10/8/2010 - 02:45

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  • AbgAcid

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    Hi,
    September, certainly the east coast of malay peninsula be best time time to explore. I believe you are looking for the less travelled places, May I suggest setiu? Its in terengganu. There is one coastal road that stretch along its coast. Miles of deserted beaches, empty space. There is a nice guest house at Kampung Penarek. Its a fishing village, with beautiful scenery of its inland lagoon. Life is very laid back here, and you will miss other activity. Just enjoy the food and absorb the atmosphere. An aura you can find elsewhere on the mainland.

    The same road leads to Kg Merang, where you can get off to Pulau Redang. A holiday island, more for the higher range options.

    Just slightly up north is Kuala Besut, the getaway village to Pulau perhentian, a backpackers' paradise.

    #2 Posted: 11/8/2010 - 16:49

  • dougs077

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    Thanks AA, I like the Setiu suggestion, I hadn't heard of it before. Will check it out.

    Also, I have read a few bad things about the Perhentian islands - being very commercialised, drug problems etc etc, but also heard a of good things too. Am heading to Malaysia mid - Sept - are the Perhentians still a good place to chill out? And would you recommend Kecil or Besar - main criteria is probably somewhere low key to relax...?

    Thanks!

    #3 Posted: 13/8/2010 - 17:41

  • idreamofdur-
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    If you prefer less development, go to Kecil. Besar is more resort-y.

    If you like the jungle, I highly recommend Taman Negara.

    #4 Posted: 14/8/2010 - 00:02

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