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Any experience with the Perhentian Islands?

Posted by caseyrebecca on 7/5/2008 at 12:07

We are trying to find a place to stay in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia this August - anyone been there and have suggestions on where to go? Thanks so much!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 8/5/2008 at 05:45 admin

We haven't been there in years, but when we did go, absolutely loved it. We stayed on the small island (Perhentian Kecil) at a place called D'Lagoon on one of the northern-most bays. The guesthouse was a bit of a dump, but the snorkelling was awesome. There was also a back beach that you could walk to via a jungle trail -- it remains probably the most beautiful beach I've ever seen in Asia.

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Posted by KPTham1 on 9/5/2008 at 00:59

You may like to check out the website : .
Also Redang Island which is nearby is a place worth checking out .The first time I was there, 20 years ago, there were no hotels and we have to pitch tents and we sighted a a boatful of vietnamese refugees making landfall one morning . Pulau Redang was then near to Pulau Bidong, a Vietnamese Refugees holding center pending repatriation to a 3rd country.
Best time to visit would be April/ OCt as the North -East monsoon is between Oct to May .
You will need to get yourself to Kota Baru if you are going to Perhentian and to Kuala Trengganu if going to Redang . AirAsia flies daily to both these two places.
You will not regret it.

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 5/9/2008 at 13:42 TF writer

The Perhentians are amazing! I spent 5 days on Perhentian Kecil and it was definitely the best island holiday I've had yet. The diving and snorkeling are phenomenal - Hawksbill sea turtles and reef tip sharks can pretty much be guaranteed.

If you're not a partier try to schedule your just before the island close down for the low season (Sept - October). Go soon before these amazing islands become overdeveloped!!

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Posted by mizsarah on 21/7/2009 at 23:13

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My friend and I are looking for a place here too. Any recs on places that are chill but not dumpy or unsafe? Thanks!

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Posted by Manticore on 23/7/2009 at 10:16

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Im thinking of visiting between October and December. Are those considered good months weatherwise?

Should I book a place before arrival or is it easy to jump off a boat and find a room?


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Posted by idreamofdurian on 23/7/2009 at 13:00 TF writer

Perhentians close up shop (completely!) at the end of October for the monsoon season. They reopen in February. If you can time your visit to be there at the end of October it can be a good time to visit - the weather is still OK and the island will be nice and quiet.

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Posted by Manticore on 27/7/2009 at 09:49

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Thanks for that. Hopefully it means accommodation prices will fall too.

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