A visit to Malaysia means vacationing, partying, laying on the beaches, shopping, visiting the different islands that lay beautifully scattered across its landscape. Unlike any other country, Malaysia is blessed with islands on both the east coast as well as the west coast.
Travelling in and around Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from redbus Alternatively, you can also download the Android or iOS app from respective App stores and save some time and money.
Malaysia has something to offer for every kind of tourist—the hippie, the luxury seeker, the backpacker and more. Know your type and mark this island onto your itinerary list.
For the luxury seeker: Tioman
Although a part of the Malaysian state of Pahang, Tioman can be reached from the Johor city of Mersing. There is additionally an immediate ferry from Singapore. This fairly popular Malaysian vacation island has certain claims to fame that continue to be hyped by media and marketers. One, the dramatic topography of this teardrop-shaped island within the South China Ocean was (supposedly) used as a backcloth for the 1958 motion picture “South Pacific,” whereas Time magazine named it one amongst the world’s most lovely islands within the Nineteen Seventies.
For the hippie: Perhentians Island
The island where wandering artists come and perform their fare, days can be spent hopping onto a fisherman’s boat who will give you a guided tour and evenings can be spent in beach bars—this one is meant for the non-planning adventurous people. The word Perhentians is literally translated into as a Stopping Point which I think is quite appropriate as most travelers come here on a vacation. This place comprises of two parts – Perhentian Kecil (Small) and Perhentian Besar (Big) Both of these places are quite popular with snorkelers and divers. Thanks to the crystalline waters and the reefs here. The water plays host to a variety of corals, sea turtles, reef fish and sharks. Most of the people coming to this island are here to enjoy the beautiful and rustic experiences and to relax and enjoy the beach. Since this place is quite far away from the hustle and bustle of the city there is complete peace of mind here. However the island is quite expensive compared to the rest of Malaysia so make sure to come here on a high budget. However eating is extremely affordable here with prices of dishes starting from MYR8.
For the heritage-seekers: Penang Island
Look no farther than Penang if culture, history and tradition is what you seek to find on your Malayan holiday. And this is topped by the fact that it is also one of the best places to sample the local delicacies of Southeast Asia.
Travelling from one part of Malaysia is made easier by the many bus routes that will drop you off at the ferry pick-up points.