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Paradise Islands???

Posted by bholl on 8/3/2014 at 01:00

Hi,
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
Thanks!

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Posted by azmilsyahmi on 8/3/2014 at 19:22

In Penisular Malaysia, my favourites and romantic island is the Perhentian Islands. Untouched, white sand and clear sea.

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Posted by tezza on 10/3/2014 at 04:54

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.

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Posted by jenchew on 15/3/2014 at 07:20

Yes Perhentian island is good, Pulau Rawa near Tioman is not bad too, more to natural, Redang and tioman can consider nice but more commercial. Cherating at Kuantan is not bad too.

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Posted by kennykoh on 18/3/2014 at 23:50

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!

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Posted by KaseyMose on 23/5/2014 at 02:47

Have you considered Langkawi ? It's a lovely island with many beautiful resorts around. I recommend the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. This city only comes alive at night, so you will definitely not be faced with a lack of nightlife here.

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Posted by sillysotong on 3/8/2014 at 21:48

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.

Cheers ~!

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Posted by stiffen33 on 27/11/2014 at 18:14

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.
https://www.facebook.com/langkawisunsandsail
http://www.langkawi-gazette.com/langkawi-news/2044-10-reasons-to-visit-langkawi-rather-than-thailand

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Posted by jankalman on 28/11/2014 at 05:30

Hi, I recommend to get this app, http://www.sygic.com/, it should really help you to find these destinations! :)

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