I am looking for islands and beached in Asia (Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, etc) that are similar to the Gili Islands in Indonesia. I really enjoy the relaxed setting with the option of partying at night...and of course the awesome beaches.
I have been to Thailand...Phi Phi, Railay, Samui, Tao, Phangan...just looking for more paradise Islands
#1 bholl has been a member since 8/3/2014. Posts: 6
I too think the Perhentians go closest to the Gilis. Specifically Perhentian Kecil.
There are other gems on the eastern peninsula coast. Kapas is closest to Gili Meno in that it is relatively unvisited. But it has better beaches than the Gilis and is has very quick and inexpensive access.
Ditto Redang for nicer beaches. But the main beach there is packed with package places which are very big with holidaying Malaysians and Singaporeans and increasingly, Chinese. Not much bottom budget accommodation.
Lang Tengah is a relatively unvisited gem but is expensive to access and to stay (for most resorts).
Tioman probably has the best mix of all these - a beach for everyone from high-rollers to backpackers.
Perhentian island is okay but my choice would be Redang island. A really relaxing and beautiful place where the mountains in the background are stunning. I haven't been there for 18 months so maybe I am a little behind the times. Clear blue waters for snorkling and glistening white sanded beaches... what else do you want!
#5 kennykoh has been a member since 18/3/2014. Posts: 3
You should go to one of the islands in Semporna, which is in the east coast of Sabah,Borneo.
Recommend Mabul,Kapalai or Mataking islands.
Let me know if you are considering of heading there, will give more infos.
#7 sillysotong has been a member since 3/8/2014. Posts: 3
I'll definitely recommend Langkawi. It combines almost everything you would want to sample, on one island, other than a big city.
Beaches that are desserted, beaches along busy and lively strips with vibrant nightlife, a 1000m mountain you can drive up to for chilly breeze and a 360degree view of the island, a 700m you can take a cable-car up to across virgin rainforest and mountain landscapes, cruise on a yacht around uninhabited islands, watersports, beachsports, very affordable global and local dining, shopping, and it's only an hour flight from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. These days with low fare airlines, return flights can easily be within $50 if you book in advance. Hotels of all budget ranges are abundant. Best to choose one along or near Pantai Cenang for good access to the beach and a happening strip.
Some links to check out for photos and writeups just to get the general idea.
#8 stiffen33 has been a member since 27/11/2014. Posts: 3
Hi, I recommend to get this app, http://www.sygic.com/, it should really help you to find these destinations!
#9 jankalman has been a member since 28/11/2014. Posts: 3