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Not everyone wants to stay in Kuala Lumpur and many wish to stay at a beach. Being land locked there is limited choice very near to Kuala Lumpur, but there are many options the further you travel out along the Peninsular.
If you are arriving at KLIA1 or KLIA2 and just want to fly off to the next beach resort as soon as possible, then there a range of places to pick from depending on how long or how far you want to travel. The two terminals, KLIA1 and KLIA2, at KUL international airport 50mins south of the city. Air Asia and some other low-cost carriers depart from KLIA2 and Malaysia Airlines and many international carriers fly from KLIA1, However, if you plan to fly with Berjaya Air or FireFlyz Airlines you will have to travel to the other airport at Subang Skyterminal 30mins west of the city. Malindo Air operates from both KLIA2 and Subang.
West Coast Peninsula Malaysia
Port Dickson is a popular beach gateaway for locals and Singaporeans, located in Negri Sembilan. Hotels and bungalows fill the stretch of beach from Tanjung gemuk. Port Dickson is also famous for its seafood restaurants along Jalan Pantai. The waters here along the Straits of Melaka however, is quite murky and not crystal clear.
Getting There: Buy a taxi coupon from Airport Taxi counter starting at 100myr one way to Port Dickson. Travel time is about 45 minutes from KLIA / LCCT.
Bagan Lalang is (practically no mans land) close to the airport. However, there is a Five star Eco-friendly resort there called Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas & Spa By Swiss-Belhotel with its 393 water villas stretching out nearly one kilometer into the sea in a formation similar to a palm tree. Bagan Lalang is a quiet sleepy fishing village with mangroves and oil palm plantations around it. Bagan Lalang public beach is north of the resort. Expected soft opening in April 2010. The waters here along the Straits of Melaka however, is quite murky and not crystal clear.
Getting There: Buy a cab coupon from Airport Limo counter starting at RM 55 one way to Bagan Lalang 40km away from the airport. Travel time is about 40 minutes from KLIA / LCCT
Penang - Batu Ferringhi
Batu Ferringhi is a famous beach strip along the northern coastline of Penang Island, Malaysia with its busiest stretch starting from the Rasa Sayang Resort round to the Bayview beach hotel. The beach is kept clean, but the waters are pretty murky with occasional jellyfish encounters.
Getting there: By Air. There are many daily flights to Penang Bayan Lepas Airport with Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly Airlines. Flight time is about 30 minutes.
You can easily get between Penang and Langakwi by ferry with Langakwi ferries and flying with Fireflyz and Air Asia, and from both to / from Kuala Lumpur.
Langkawi is a laid back and relaxing place. Whilst it might try to be one of the fastest growing island in Malaysia with luxury hotels and budget motels popping up around the island, it has maintained the laid back feel with not a great deal to see or do. The capital of the island is Kuah town and the main tourism stretch is along Pantai Cenang close to the airport round to the Berjaya hotel at Pantia Kok near the base of the cable car, and has a great choice of hotels to suit all. The more luxurious and exclusive resorts Datai and Andaman are located on the top north western tip of the island, with Tanjung Rhu on the northeast , and the Four Seasons at Black sands beach.
Getting there: By Air. There are daily flights to Langkawi Airport with Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly Airlines. Flight time is about one hour. There is no bridge connecting the island to the mainland.
Pangkor Island is an island off the coast of Perak, accessible through the Lumut Jetty. Although its a low-key beach resort, it features one of the most extravagant private beach resort in Malaysia, Pangkor Laut Resort set on a private island and very popular with honeymooners and wedding troops. The main Pangkor Island features white sandy beaches full of natural wildlife. There are many choices for travelers or every budget. Backpackers flock to Nipah bay and families usually gather around Teluk Dalam and at the Pangkor Island Beach Resort.
By Land: A cab coupon from KLIA costs around RM 400 one way to the Lumut Jetty. Travel time about 3.5 hours about 250km.
By Bus: There are daily frequent buses from KLIA bus terminal or LCCT heading to Lumut with Star Shuttle. A Single ticket costs RM 45 per adult, the bus drops passengers off at Setiawan Pizza Hut. Take a cab to Lumut Jetty (less than 15mins) and the ferry over to pangkor. Here is the STAR SHUTTLE LUMUT Schedule .
East Coast Peninsula Malaysia
The east coast of peninsula malaysia features some of the best low-key beaches in Asia without massive tourism as well as some of the hidden secrets of the Malaysian culture such as kite making, shadow puppet dances, songket weaving and other unique handicraft processes. However, the east coast do experience substantial amounts of rain during the monsoon between Nov-Feb and some most island such as Redang and Perhentians are closed off during the monsoon. Hotels along the mainland remain unaffected during the monsoon.
Kuantan and Cherating
Kuantan and Cherating is a small chinese town in Pahang. Its a popular beach gateway for locals and singaporeans esp during the school holidays. There are a few hotels along the beached of Kuantan including the mega self-sustained Club Med Cherating which offers great packages for families.
Getting there: By Air. Malaysia Airlines daily flight from KLIA. Flight time is about 40mins.
Kuala Terengganu, Dungun and Merang
Kuala Terengganu is a kaleidoscope of everything modern and traditional. It is one of the richest states in Malaysia, owing its prosperity to the rich oil fields off the coast. Huge resorts and malls as well as eye catching events such as the Monsoon Cup have popped up over the years. Yet, despite the main harbor being the santa barbara of town with the fleet of million dollar yachts; central market and chinatown town round the corner has not lost their cultural lustre and originality. Homestays as well as million dollar luxury hotels can be found here including the Ri-Yaz Heritage and Spa near the main town; Tanjong Jara Resort & Spa in Dungun about 50km south of kuala terengganu and the Aryani Resort in merang, 20km north of town.
Kuala Terengganu is also the main access point to the islands off the coastline including Redang, Perhentians, Gemia, Kapas and Lang Tengah. These islands have the best beaches and diving sites in Malaysia.
Getting to Kuala Terengganu: By Air. Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly Airlines fly daily to Kuala Terengganu TGG airport. Flight time about 1 hour. From the airport, take a cab to the Shahbandar jetty in town for the ferries going to Redang. To get to the Perhentians, take a cab to Kuala Besut jetty for the speedboats.
Getting to Redang Island by Air. Berjaya Air flies direct into Redang from Subang. Flight time is 1 hour 15 mins.
Tioman Island is located off the coast of Pahang. Mersing is the main jetty for ferries going into the island.
Getting there: By Air. Berjaya Air has daily flight direct into Tioman island from Subang Airport
From Kuala Lumpur fly to either Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu with either Air Asia or Malaysian Airlines
You then need to get to Kuala Besut, which will take approximately 45 minutesfrom Kota Bharu or 90 minutesfrom Kuala Terengganu. The best way to get to Kuala Besut is by taxi, but you can also get to Kuala Besut by bus with Mahligai Express . Ferries leave Kuala Besut at 0830 – 0900, 1030, 1330 – 1400, 1630 – 1700.
Can also get to Kota Bharu via the 8hour jungle train trip, from Mentakabar, the nearest point by road to Kuala Lumpur, and getting off at Wakaf Bharu, the nearest point to Kota Bhaur.
You can fly from Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport / Skypark Terminal west of the city, fly with Berjaya Air. Berjaya air offer cheap flights to Redang and Tioman from both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur . Or you can fly to Kuala Terengganu with either Air Asia or Malaysian Airlines, then get a taxi to Merang jetty. There is also a ferry from Kuala Teengganu Shahbandar jetty. From Kuala Lumpur you can also get a bus from Putra (PWTC) Station, or from KOMTAR in Penang. Then ferry to Redang from Merang takes about 40mins, the ferry from Shahbandar jetty takes 75mins
A small island of Gemia is accessible by boat from the main jetty in Marang (not Merang), about 20 kilometres south of Kuala Terengganu
Pulau Rawa is located within the archipelago that dots Johor Marine Park. Other islands in the marine park include Pulau Aur, Pulau Dayang, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Sibu, and Pulau Besar, among others. The island is accessible by speed boats or ferries departing from Mersing jetty and the journey normally takes less than 30 minutes.
There are also many beaches and islands on the Malaysian part of Borneo, Sarawak and Sabah.