Hey everybody. I hope someone can help.
My girlfriend and I are teaching in South Korea. We have a one week holiday at the end of July. We really want to go somewhere awesome in South East Asia. I've heard one of the only places to travel in S.E.A. in July without hitting a rainy season is Eastern Malaysia. Is this true?
Could someone recommend an island relatively easy to get to with good beach and good food? We only have one week, so we don't want to waste too much time getting there. We are just looking for a relaxing getaway for this trip. (the longer and more adventurous trip will come after our contract is over :D )
Non Malaysian recommendations are also very welcome!
We just want a rain free week at the beach! Please help!
#1 Goodmango has been a member since 21/11/2011. Posts: 14
Bali is supposed to have perfect weather that time of year - but it will be crowded as that is peak tourist season for Indonesians. Perhaps fly into either Bali or Lombok (as Lombok is just east of Bali)and from there make your way to the Gili Islands which will probably not be as crowded.
You can check out the West Nusa Tenggara tab on the Travelfish Indonesia page.
Hey Caseyprich. Thanks for the info. I just looked into it and those places look amazing! The only problem is we only have one week to work with and it looks like we'll be tied into 12 to 24 hours of travel each way. Do you know of a better air line for this trip.
The benefit of Malaysia is I can fly direct to KL then a short flight to an island. I just don't know which one.
#3 Goodmango has been a member since 21/11/2011. Posts: 14
Well, I've heard Langkawi is very nice in July as far as rainfall goes - and it is a short flight from KL to there. I was just there in February and really enjoyed it. Highly recommended location if you want isolation and don't mind expense would be Burau Bay or if you want to be on the main stretch but quieter area to relax on Pentai Cenang was Sunset Beach Resort (http://www.sungroup-langkawi.com/sunset/). We scouted out a lot of locations on Pentai Cenang and honestly thought this was the best balance spot for price-convenience-and peaceful beachfront.
July still no worry of Monsoon, won't hit by rainy season, if you really want to relax at the beach can consider Redang island or Cherating, if not maybe Cameron Highland is not bad too, I think not possible 1 week for you to stay on island, will be boring, can consider 2 places. say 3 day beach 3 day highland. no worry about transport, suggest to get a coach service upon your arrival then the driver can bring you around.
Perhentians are fantastic and a (good) night bus away from KL, though you might have to ask at several places before you find budget accommodation that isn't full.
#7 enigmatic has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 84
Thanks for all your replies! We are booked in to Bubu resort on Perhentian Kecill. It looks great. Any tips on sights to see or places to eat or drink or hike? Can you rent any kind of boat on this island? I can't wait!!!!
2 nights KL then flying and taking a boat for 4 nights on the perhentian. Going to be great!
Also tips in KL would be welcome :-)
#8 Goodmango has been a member since 21/11/2011. Posts: 14
The alone botheration is we alone accept one anniversary to plan with and it looks like we'll be angry into 12 to 24 hours of biking anniversary way. Do you apperceive of a bigger air band for this trip.
#9 mariajames has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 57
Perhentians are splendid.
#11 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738
July is starting of rainy season, heavy rain will come in October. You can go to many places depends on what kind of activities you are interested. Langkawi have nice and chill beach so you can just enjoy time. Bali has varies from relaxing to activity packed just like Phuket. If you want isolated hotel with private beach and tropical rain forest then The Datai or The Andaman in Langkawi is the one to try out.
You will sure relax in peaceful and calm environment. The room is nice and quiet, both of them have spa (which I love) I think it is perfect place for relaxation.
#12 mickeymouse has been a member since 2/12/2012. Posts: 9