What time of year are you going? Weather can play a part as you move away from the equator toward the upper part of the tropics.
Summer (USA one) - head toward Bali.
In between, depends. :)
Either place, give yourself a couple days at least to do non-beachy things. :)
Bali has everything Thailand has to offer, but on one island - the culture, terraced rice fields, volcanoes, beaches, snorkelling, diving, shopping, food, spa treatments, partying, etc.
But Bali's beaches aren't as nice as those that you can find off the islands of Phuket in Thailand.
hmm... what will u be looking for on a beach vacation ? a mixture of culture and sun, sand and surf ? Or just a resort to chill the whole time without getting out ?
Now I've had dinner with a Malaysian and spoken with someone in Singapore its quite clear that the last week in November one doesn't want to be on the east coast which may flood or be rainy. So we are heading for North West Malaysia.
So any quiet island retreats in that corner of the world I would like to hear about. I am looking at Langkawi and neighboring islands. There seem to be plenty and not enough time in a week!
Langkawi is very nice. Make sure you go to Pulau Payar (I think that's the name) where you can feed or swim with baby sharks - pretty cool. It is a marine national park and the snorkelling is very nice - if you like that kind of thing. Then you can go to the feshwater lake - the "pregnant lady" lake - because the flora around the lake looks like a pregnant lady lying down.
You can also do Penang together with Langkawi - if you want a nice beach in penang, then stay at Batu Ferringhi beach, where all the major hotels are.
Other places on the west coast are Pangkor Laut and I think also Port Dickson...but head norht...it's nicer... The other nice beach places - Pulau Aur, Redang, etc are in the east coast.
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