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Lots of people think of Thailand when they think of islands, crystal waters and stunning beaches…I have to say Malaysia does it for me!

A favorite little get away was a trip to the Perhentian Islands. A friend of mine was visiting from the UK and we went there for a 10 day trip (this was before starting work!)
After a quick flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, you buy a ticket at the airport which includes a taxi to Kuala Besut and boat ticket from there to the islands. You can either go to the big island (Pulau Besar/Big Island) or the small island (Pulau Kecil/Small Island).

We opted for Pulau Kecil as it has cheaper accommodation and tends to have more young travelers in comparison to Pulau Besar which has more resort style accommodation.

After a rather bumpy boat ride (!) we arrived on the island and walked to Long Beach which is where most of the accommodation is situated.
Our hut was a stones throw away from the beach, where my friend and I happily lay soaking up the rays, swimming, reading, snoozing…until sun set. Then we would shower, change, lather on the moisturiser to try and maximize the duration of our tan then walk along the beach to one of the many restaurants which have BBQ’s at night. This was usually followed by a couple of the bars where there were always other interesting travellers to meet.

Most people go there for the scuba diving and snorkelling but after 3 previous attempts at snorkelling – each time as frightening as the next, I decided not to test my nerves and that my time would be best spent on the beach!

I highly recommend The Perhentian Islands to anyone who wants a taste of bliss… days of pure lazy luxury….ah, can’t you just smell the coconut sun screen lotion!?

Have you been…what did you think of the islands??

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I’m the tall English girl in the company and I help organize sport and recreational activities for the lovely AirAsia staff. The perfect job for me as sport is really where my passion lies; anything and everything, I’ll give it a go! Lacrosse is my main sport but over here in Malaysia its played about as much as quidditch…so I spend my time running, swimming, netballing and tennising and soon I will be trying my hand at rugby for the first time – why not?!

As well as sport I love traveling; and South East Asia is an amazing place to be to explore; Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia – the list is endless!

A friend of mine recently set me a task to visit all of AirAsia’s destinations – I think I’ve got quite a few more to go before that’s completed!

Other favorite things are extreme activities; bungee jumping, sky diving, glacier hiking…next thing on my list is Mount Kinabalu and the Macau bungee which is over 200m, and I will have ticked off another AirAsia destination – get in!

  • Asfa

    Aweeesooommeee…splash..splash!!XOX BDolphin

  • Almond

    Wow.. you were in Perhentian Island for so long? 10 days? That’s amazing, you really know how to kick back and relax!

    Snorkelling are not scary.. although it’s hard at first to learn how to breath through your mouth. You should try and keep trying. I love snorkelling. :)