I will be in KL for 10 days and am planning a trip to one of the islands to celebrate my daughter's 20th birthday.
From memory (I've visited 12 years ago) and reading posts on this forum, Langkawi is the tropical island, nice beaches and very quiet. Penang was more like a little town near a beach to me but from friends I hear Penang is now more upcoming and has nice things to see and do.
I am looking for a resort hotel for 4 nights and narrowed it down to the Golden Sands at Penang or the Rebak Island resort at Langkawi/Rebak. I choose the GS because of its lagoon style pools and location near the pasar malam. I choose the Rebak Island resort because it is the only 4*hotel in my price range (under €150).
Most important for us is relaxing so at first I thought Rebak is the best. But I have to keep in mind it's the rainy season (will visit first week of November) and we like to do something if we cannot sunbath...
I am afraid if we choose Rebak and the weather is bad we will be stuck on the island because the boats probably won't bring us to Langkawi. So I am leaning more towards Penang but than again I know the beaches are much nicer at Langkawi.
Another question: will it be more convenient to fly Firefly instead of MAS because of its location in Subang? We are staying in KL Ampang area.
I am very interested in your opinion/experiences. Any advice is highly appreciated!