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Pangkor vs Langkawi

Posted by catseyes8787 on 14/1/2015 at 10:40


I'm trying to decide which island to visit; I'm going to Malaysia in March (I know, just on the edge of the dry season) and would like to spend some time on the west coast before heading to Borneo. As a reference, I completely fell in love with Koh Lanta in Thailand and I'm looking for the same "laid-back"/Malay feel.
I'd love to do some diving too, so wondering which island has the best dive sites.
Lastly, which of the two would be best suited for a budget backpacker? (looking for ~50-60RM/night max)

Thanks in advance for the advice

#1 catseyes8787 has been a member since 14/1/2015. Posts: 2

Posted by captainbkk on 15/1/2015 at 21:50

LK is ''tax''free-a big draw for Malays.
None of the 2 are aimed at bekpeks, though LK still has the odd place that offers some budget rooms. Prices fluctuate wildly with season/local hols etc. Another big minus for both is that there is No regular public transport-that means taxis all the time. From what I know, only flew over and have never been on, is that Pangkor is mainly a (for local tastes) fairly expensive resorts type-only island. Dont know anything about diving-guess there are loads of more specialised fora for that.

#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472

Posted by neilmason on 16/1/2015 at 13:48

There's more accommodation in your price range on Langkawi.

#3 neilmason has been a member since 31/12/2012. Posts: 48

Posted by noddytravel on 1/3/2015 at 04:09

a tough call, they are both great, but we ended up staying 8 days on Pangkor as we just fell in love with the place. we started on Langkawi though and went around the north, east then south borders before coming back up to Pangkor, so in hindsight could have easily spent more time there (langkawi)

yes a better range of accomodation (pricing) in Langkawi, but Pangkor really has that 'local island' feel to it, there is no real 'city' and on Pangkor i really felt like i was on a tropical island, Langkawi and Kuah town etc often felt like you were just in a small city, and we rode the whole way around the island by motorbike. Check out Kuala Teriang for a very cool, laid back atmosphere, though the 'beach' was very ordinary.

Langkawi & Kuala Teriang[url=http://http://noddysasianadventures.blogspot.com/2014/08/langkawi-kuah-town-kuala-teriang-and.html]

sorry, somtam, i wouldn't normally promote my site here like this, but these 2 posts are relevant to the islands to give catseyes a comparison of our time there!! [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted by Ddiona on 26/3/2015 at 16:53

I think, tropical paradise Langkawi is the winner. Just look at this: http://www.triptemptation.com/My-Amazing-Travel/Articles/2015/03/21/Discovering-a-Tropical-Paradise-Langkawi

#5 Ddiona has been a member since 26/3/2015. Posts: 1

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