Malaysia is a destination in Southeast Asia that remains close and accessible. You can easily find flights with 15 / 16h trips for an affordable price (about 500 euros). One of the main assets of this country is the ease to organize in advance, find bus and boat schedules and even book if necessary.
In addition, the Malaysian are very welcoming, friendly and funny!
Two weeks in peninsular Malaysia
During this trip, late March-early April, we traveled in Peninsular Malaysia and did a short trip to Thailand to Koh Lipe. Malaysia is nice because there is a good mix between nature, beaches and mountainous areas.
Here are the places we visited in 15 days:
Koh Lipe, in Thailand – 3 days;
Easier to reach from Kuala Lumpur than Bangkok, this small paradise island of Thailand worth a visit to enjoy good Thai food, crafts and crystal clear waters surrounding the island.
Discovery of Penang – 1 day;
No need to linger too much but it’s still a nice detour. We discover the mix of cultures at both architectural and culinary level. The funicular that goes up to Penang Hill is to do! Great view of the bay, at night it is beautiful.
Cameron Highlands tea plantations – 2 days;
A bit of fresh air on the heights of the Camerons Highlands was nice on the way from Penang to Kuala Besut! Ok it’s a bit too touristy but a very nice stop with stunning landscapes of tea plantations.
Perenthian islands – 4 days;
Another little paradise on earth, the two islands of Perenthians compete in beauty and we spend 4 days between boat ride, snorkeling, hiking and fiesta.
Kapas island – 2 days.
Less known than the Perenthians Islands, Kapas is closer to the mainland. But getting to the port of departure (Marang) is not so easy. There are beautiful beaches and beautiful seabed. You can rent canoes to explore the nearby and wild beaches.
WHEN TO TRAVEL TO PENINSULAR MALAYSIA?
The monsoon of the west coast is shifted with the east coast in Peninsular Malaysia. So it is difficult to find a good compromise when we want to discover Langkawi as well as Tioman, or Koh lipe and Perenthians!
We traveled late March – early April on both coasts (Penang / Koh Lipe / Perenthians) and it was a good compromise. The sea was rough at Perenthians on some beaches but not annoying. It was just the opening of the season, hotels, diving courses, etc. And the big advantage was that there were not too many tourists.