3 Days on Fraser Island: Beaches, Lakes, and Bumpy Rides

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No trip along the east coast of Australia would be complete without exploring the massively beautiful Fraser Island.  I had heard so much about this place before actually going, and I can now say that it definitely lives up to the hype. 

The island is just so wonderfully diverse, and it almost doesn’t even seem real if you try to explain it to someone.  At one moment you’d be walking through lush green rainforests, and then stumble onto a perfectly white sand beach with crystal clear water.  It’s pretty trippy.    

You’d then hop back onto the bus and bounce in your seat along windy sand roads that cut through the island, only to find yourself than driving along the beach as the waves splash below the tires. 

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and a 2-3 day trip will leave your days jam packed with adventurous explorations.  There really is a lot to see on the island, and getting around the island can take quite a bit of time. 

If you want to explore Fraser Island on your own, it’s actually a pretty complicated task.  You need to have your own 4×4 vehicle and camping gear, and navigating your way through the island can be a bit tricky.  It’s common for cars to get stuck on these paths, and the idea of car troubles and having no reception scared the hell out of me.


So I’m extremely happy that I joined Cool Dingo Tours for their awesome 3 Day / 2 Night Fraser Island Trip.  It was a damn good time, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone traveling Australia!  It took out all the stress of visiting this unique island, and it was easily one of the best organized tours I’ve ever been on.   


Day 1 Highlights

Lake McKenzie

While this is up to debate, I would argue that Lake McKenzie is the island’s most beautiful lake (competing with over 200 for the title).  I was pretty excited to visit this place, as it is one of the few attractions on the island I had seen plenty of pictures of before arriving, and it was even more beautiful than I had imagined.

There’s just something so interesting about walking onto this pristine white sand beach located in the middle of a sand rainforest.  It’s also awesome the distinct color change that occurs when the depth of the lake changes suddenly.   It’s unlike any other lake I’ve ever seen before.

This was actually the only place we spotted the infamous “Dingo” on our entire tour as well.  From what I’ve been told, sightings of these wild animals have become quite rare, so it was a special treat for all of us on this tour.  There are “Dingo Safety” signs spread all over the island, which basically just tells you how to act if you encounter a dingo.  I was actually hoping to see one or two more throughout the tour, but I’ll be happy with my one Dingo puppy spotting.


Lake Basin & Rainforest Treks

After a relaxing morning swim at Lake McKenzie, and a tasty buffet lunch up at the picnic area (chicken & ham sandwiches, potatoes, and salad) — we made the short drive over to Lake Basin for a quick photo opportunity.  This lake might not have been as ideal for swimming, but it really was beautiful.  

The group then went on two different forest treks through Central Station, Pine Valley, and walked along side Wanggoolba Creek.  One of the best parts and crowd pleasers of these treks was that the water flowing in the creek is absolutely crystal clear, and you can even drink from it (which tasted amazing).

Filling up water bottles in the creek…


Sunset Beers

In my opinion, there is no better way to finish a day then to watch the sunset while knocking back a few beers.  The sunset was absolutely gorgeous, and definitely one of the best I have seen while in Australia.  Being an island on the east coast of Australia, watching the sunset on Fraser Island is one of the few places where it looks like the sun is setting over the horizon.

I was also having a damn good time taking heaps of photos!  What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?


Day 2 Highlights

Flight over Fraser Island

After a delicious buffet breakfast (which I may have overindulged and put myself into a slight morning food coma), our group loaded onto our 4WD Pink Cool Dingo Tour bus, and began our drive over to the eastern part of the island.  We were told that at some point during the day we would have the opportunity to take a quick scenic flight for those that were interested, and it just so happened that it was our first stop for the day….

Having just recently done helicopter and sea plane rides over the Great Barrier Reef & The Whitsundays, I knew that I couldn’t say no to getting back up in the air!

For only 80 AUD, you’d take off and land from the beach, and have a brief 10-15 minute in the air while taking pictures of Fraser Island.  Our group were extremely lucky, as we were granted an extra 10 minutes and were flying for nearly 25 whole minutes.  My pilot actually told us that he gave us the extra time because he really likes out tour guide Hayden, and likes to take good care of his tours.

Flying over Fraser Island will definitely give you an appreciation for how massive it is, and it really was epic to fly over all the various sand dunes, lakes, landscapes, and beaches.  Thanks to Air Fraser for a smooth and informative ride.


The Pinnacles

After getting back on solid ground, we made our way to the first scheduled stop for the day, the colored sand cliffs called the Pinnacles.  I actually spotted these from the plane, and was hoping that we would be making our way back to see them a bit closer up.


Champagne Pools

While it may be a bit difficult to pick a “favorite stop” along this tour, I will say that this is easily in my top three.  We were blessed with gorgeous weather, and the views of these naturally formed rock pools were simply stunning!  We stopped here for over an hour for some pre-lunch swimming, tanning, and relaxing.

The brief 10-minute walk from where we parked the bus to the Champagne pools was incredible as well, with views of the impressive beaches and coastline of Fraser Island.  There were so many great lookouts and vantage points.

We even spotted a few jumping dolphins, as well as one guy who was having himself a little surf.      

Can you see him…?


Beach Lunch

While the group would normally eat lunch up at Champagne Pool carpark, we decided to make the drive down the beach (in search of a breeze).  We unpacked our containers filled with chicken and vegetables, and prepared ourselves two big tortilla wraps.  Not a bad place for a meal, hey?


Indian Head Lookout

When our tour guide, Hayden, said that we needed to prepare for a “little hike” to the top of Indian Head, I wasn’t too thrilled at the idea because it must have been over 95 degrees (35 for your Celsius folk).  But the walk was quickly done, and we were rewarded with two stunning lookouts of beaches and the coastline.


SS Maheno Beach Shipwreck

The SS Maheno washed ashore on Fraser Island by a cyclone in 1935, and it now remains as a popular tourist attraction for people visiting the island.  We only stopped for a brief 10-15 minutes to take some photos, but was really cool to see.  There was a photo book that was passed around the bus while our tour guide explained in detail the history of the SS Maheno.

SS Maheno from above…


Eli Creek

Have you ever been to a water park and floated around in a “lazy river”…?  Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to do when you make it to Eli Creek.  This stop was awesome, and I honestly could have stayed for another couple hours just floating down the creek.  The water was a bit chilly, but actually felt amazing due to the fact it was blistering hot outside, and my skin was feeling a bit warm from some minor sunburns.

Cool Dingo Tours provided some inflatable tubes for the group to blow up, and carry down the walkway to the beginning of the creek.  You’d sit back, relax, and let the stream take you back to the beach.  It was a relaxing activity in a beautiful setting, and I know everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.  For those who didn’t manage to have an inflatable tube, you could just swim down the creek as well.  It really was an awesome feeling.  I even saw a few locals doing the same with beers in hand.  😉


Fraser Island Sunset Day 2

Being a travel-blogger, I’m obviously obsessed with getting the perfect sunset shot.  So when the opportunity arose to head back down to the beach to watch the sky change colors, I knew I couldn’t say no.

My favorite shot of the entire trip….


Day 3 Highlights

SUP Lake Birrabeen

Our group (which had basically been cut in half due to the 2 day / 1 night crew departing the night before), all met for breakfast and then boarded the bus to our first stop for the day — Lake Birrabeen.

The main activity here was just relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun, and having some Stand Up Paddleboard fun.

The lake is truly beautiful, but the best part was that we had the whole lake to ourselves.  Compared to the crowded Lake Mackenzie, this was a much more relaxing stop.


Hammerstone Sandblow & Lake Wabby

The time had come the last stop on our tour…

Lake Wabby is definitely one of the most unique highlights on the islands, but you had to work a bit harder for the reward.  Our group walked the approximately 3KM trek through the rainforest, over the Hammerstone Sandblow, and then found ourselves at the very beautiful Lake Wabby!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this place before.  It felt like a strange oasis in the middle of desert (because of the sand), but then on the other side of the lake was just lush green rainforest.

Do you know understand what I mean that Fraser Island is trippy…?

Our group all eagerly stripped down to our bathing suits, and couldn’t wait to jump into this refreshing lake to escape the heat, and wash off all the sweat we had acquired along the 45 minute trek.

The water was great for swimming around, but the funniest part was all the tiny fish that would eat at your dead skin cells.  If you’ve ever seen a “fish spa”, that’s exactly what it felt like.  It was a little scary though, because ya know — everything in Australia wants to kill you, and the water did look prime for some man-eating monster.  Luckily, we all managed to leave Lake Wabby alive and well.


Fraser Island with Cool Dingo Tours

Overall — this trip was an absolute blast, and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling the east coast of Australia.  Fraser Island is one of the most unique, beautiful, and interesting places you will ever visit, and Cool Dingo did a great job at showing us this little slice of paradise.

I’ve actually been a tour guide in Europe, and this trip just seemed to run perfectly.  You could tell that they’ve just got this figured out, because everything was very organized and well-planned.  The bus transportation was comfortable (yet bouncy), the food throughout the entire trip was delicious, and we had a really solid group of 32 awesome travelers and backpackers from around the world.    

I have to give a massive shout-out to our tour guide Hayden!  If you’re booking a tour with Cool Dingo Tours in the future, try and see if you could arrange the dates to be on his next tour.  He is an absolute legend, and knows so much about Fraser Island.  I know everyone on our group adored him!  THANKS HAYDEN!  


This was honestly a trip that I’ll never forget, and I think I took the pictures to prove it!  After the trip ended, it took me a couple days at the Hervey Bay YHA to go through all of them, delete the bad ones, and go on an editing rampage.

While my travels in Australia are coming to an end rather soon, I know that I’ll find myself back on Fraser Island again…

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The Ultimate Guide to Arugam Bay

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WELCOME TO ARUGAM BAY

This popular surfing destination on the east coast of Sri Lanka is truly a hidden gem, and you need to get here as soon as possible.  It still holds it’s small town charm, but looking at the growth of Sri Lanakan tourism over the past few years — it’s safe to say that some big changes will eventually happen in Arugam Bay.

I’ve visited Arugam Bay on two separate occasions now, and it’s my favorite place in all of Sri Lanka.  That’s really saying something to, because Sri Lanka is truly a beautiful country.

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As you can see, Arugam Bay is on the east coast, and you might notice that it isn’t really close to any of the other main destinations people travel to in Arugam Bay.

It can be a bit difficult to get to A-Bay, as is traveling to anywhere really in Sri Lanka, but the journey is well worth your time.

How To Get To Arugam Bay

Most people who come to Arugam Bay are traveling around Sri Lanka, so it all just depends where you are coming from.

But if you fly in to Sri Lanka simply for the surfing, and you come straight from airport, these are your options from Colombo – Pottuvil.

The main and cheapest option is going to be the daily 8 P.M departure.  It’s an air-conditioned bus that leaves from Maradana Zahira College car park and arrives at Pottuvil around 4 in the morning.

Price:  1500 Rupees

 

If you’re not heading to Colombo, just ask your hotel / guesthouse how to get to Pottuvil Bus Station.  Soemtimes you have to transfer in Monaragala.

If possible, try and ask other travelers if you want to split the cost of a taxi, because it will be worth it.

The Sri Lankan buses are very cheap, but they can also be a miserable experience.  There isn’t much legroom if your tall, they are rather cramped, and for some reason they love to play this Sri Lankan pop music very loud.


Best Things To Do in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is known for it’s world class surfing, but there is still plenty of other activities to keep you entertained during your visit.

  • Surfing spots: Main Point, Whiskey Point, Elephant Rock, and Peanut Farm
  • Daily yoga sessions happen regularly around town.
  • Panama Tank & Kumana National Park explorations.
  • Rent a scooter or a Tuk-Tuk and explore the hidden beaches
  • Beach days filled with swimming, volleyball, and working on your tan
  • Hammock and chill.  Just do nothing at all and relax

For more information, check out my post on the Top 10 Amazing Things to do in Arugam Bay

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Best Places to Eat in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay has one street that is full of delicious eateries and restaurants to choose from.  I obviously didn’t get my chance to try them all, but here are my recommendations to get started with.

The Beach Hut

This is my favorite place to stay in Arugam Bay, and one of the reasons for that is because the food is delicious.  Every night they have a dinner special which costs only $3-4, and it’s big, filling, and tasty.  It’s also a great place to go for the family atmosphere.  Everyone that stays there heads to dinner and eats together.

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Why Not

I walked past this place one day and was in the mood for some rice & curry, and I’m so glad I stopped in.  The one chicken curry dish I had there was incredible, and I’ve been telling people to eat there ever since.  I’ve heard they also have fantastic Roti if you are looking for something a bit cheaper and smaller.

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Hideaway Resort

This place is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a quality breakfast and decent cup of coffee.  There are tons of different options, and everything I saw / tried was delicious.  It’s also just a really cool outdoor cafe, and there were tons of people just sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying their morning.

They don’t include taxes & service in the price, so it is kind of expensive compared to other places in Sri Lanka, but it’s definitely worth it for one meal.

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Break Point

One Word.  HUMMUS.  I’m obsessed with it, and this is the only place I found in Arugam Bay that served it.  It’s a bit expensive at 700 rupees, but comes with two massive pitas, and is really great hummus.  They also have falafel which pairs really well with hummus.

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Tandoori Indian Cuisine

This place is a must-try if you’re looking for a great Indian meal.  I tried the Chicken Tikka Masala, and I think it might have been one of the best meals I had during my time in A-Bay.

Oh, and they also have the fastest wifi in Arugam Bay for anyone who works online.  It’s amazing.

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Fruit Stands 

Check out the local fruit stand shops for great fruit and nutritious fresh coconut water.

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Best Parties in Arugam Bay

Sri Lanka is not really known as a popular “party destination”, but Arugam Bay can actually provide some really crazy nights out.

  • Whiskey Points on Friday Nights
  • Saturday Night Beach Party at Mambo’s
  • Hipster Bar on various nights of the week
  • Pre-Game at The Beach Hut (tons of other travelers, drinking games, and good conversation)

Tip:  Alcohol tends to be pretty expensive in Sri Lanka, so definitely pre-drink a bit before heading to any of these events.  Try the local Arrack (coconut rum) and mix it with some coke, and it’ll be the perfect way to start your night.

There’s plenty of other little reggae parties and smaller bars to relax at and chill.

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Where to Stay in Arugam Bay

There’s a wide variety of places to stay in Arugam Bay.  They can range from budget accommodation for backpackers, mid-range hotels, to luxury resorts.

Budget Accommodation: The Beach Hut

Mid-Range Hotel:  Stardust Hotel, Mambo’s,

Luxury Hotel:  Kottukal Beach House

Check out my post about The 5 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Arugam Bay

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Where to Next?

 South Coast:  If you’re leaving Arugam Bay but aren’t quite done with surfing in Sri Lanka, then you got to head down to the south.  Places like Unuwatuna, Galle, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, & Weligama are excellent destinations and worth a visit.  Check out my destination guide for Midigama & Weligama and learning to surf in Sri Lanka.  

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Head Up the East Coast:  Probably the most common decision among travelers in Sri Lanka is to head up and explore the beautiful beaches on the East Coast.  Places like Batticoloa, Passikudah, and Trincomalee are gorgeous, and I’d highly recommend stopping by.    

Ella & Kandy:  Go get some culture, fresh mountain air, and drink delicious tea.  Ella is only a 5 hour journey, and a really popular stop for people making their way back to Colombo.  The train ride between Ella & Kandy is also highly recommended!  

Habarana:  This will probably be a spot a little bit later on in your travels, but spending a weekend in Habarana will definitely be a highlight for your travels in Sri Lanka.  You’ve got to visit Sigiriya Rock Fotress, Minneriya National Park, nearby temples, and the colorful lagoon.

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There you have it.  Hope you learned a thing or two about Arugam Bay, and are really excited to get there for yourself sometime soon!

 

 


READ:  35 Photos That WIll Inspire You To Visit Sri Lanka


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Midigama & Weligama: Learning to Surf in Sri Lanka

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When people normally discuss the south coast of Sri Lanka— the main highlights always seem to be Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, and Unawatuna.  While all those places are amazing, you’d be foolish to miss out on the two neighboring towns of Midigama & Weligama.  Especially if you’re looking for the best surfing in Sri Lanka for beginners.

 I had actually never even heard of these before places before, so I’m glad some friends invited me along for some surfing after spending a weekend in Habarana.

I spent a full week in Midigama & Weligama, and it was definitely one of the highlights during my month in Sri Lanka.

If you’re making your way out here, plan ahead and get your Sri Lankan Visa.

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How to Get to Midigama & Weligama

These neighboring small surfing towns are located about 25 KM’s south of Galle.  From Colombo, all you need to do is take the train to the Ahangama, Midigama, or Weligama railway stations.  Ask for help at the train stations, and make sure you board the correct trains (they can be quite confusing at times). 

The train ride is stunning, and I highly recommend it.  The whole journey will also only cost 210 Rupees, which is only about $1.50 U.S.D.

You could also easily take one of the many bus routes that stop along the south coast.

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When To Go

I went during the “low-season”, which starts around June, and I honestly don’t even know why it is considered to be the low-season.  Yeah, it did rain a day or two, but most of the time the weather was beautiful, and there were still great waves for surfers.

So I do think this could be a year-round destination for surfers.

For beginners — it’s almost better to visit Midigama & Weligama during low season because there are less people, and it’s most certainly a better place to learn rather than the overcrowded surf spots in Arugam Bay.

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What To-Do in Midigama & Weligama

Surfing

If you come all the way down to either of these destinations and don’t go surfing — than you’ve made a huge mistake.  The waves here are absolutely perfect for beginners, but if you paddle further out there are some bigger waves for the more advanced surfers.  There are plenty of places to rent surfboards from, but normally the place you’re staying will help sort that out for you.

I’m from California, and have probably only attempted to surf 2-3 times prior in my life.  I’m stoked that I decided to give surfing another shot, because I had an absolute blast and caught some pretty decent waves during my days down there.

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Rent a Moto

Driving along the south coast of Sri Lanka is an experience I would recommend to everyone.  I’m a big fan of driving scooters, and have done it all over South-East Asia.

The roads are well-maintained, and they aren’t too busy at all.  If you take it nice and slow, and hug the left side of the road — you won’t have any problems.

I drove all the way from Mirissa – Galle, and was always stopping to photograph the beautiful beaches and coastline views.

What makes this super easy is that it’s just one road driving along the beach.  Easy, beautiful, and fun.

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Sunset Views

Hands down the best sunset I saw in Sri Lanka was during my week down in Midigama & Weligama.

There is this 5* Resort called Cape Weligama.  We didn’t stay there, but fortunately they allowed us to enter the premises to watch the sunset. 

The sunsets over this cliff in the distance, and provided us with a gorgeous view and photograph opportunities.

We might have gotten lucky with them letting us in, but they seemed really friendly about it.  The Sri Lankan hospitality is outstanding, and I really think they just want tourists to enjoy their holidays as much as possible.

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Best Place To Stay in Midigama

Ebb & Flow Jungalows

Out of all the places I’ve stayed in Sri Lanka, this might just be my absolute favorite.  The idea of Ebb & Flow Jungalows is basically a “home away from home”.  It’s a laid-back luxury villa ideally suited for a group of friends on a weekend trip or week of surfing and relaxing.
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The owners of the  property are amazing, friendly, and will make sure you enjoy your time in Midigama.  They took us out surfing, gave us tons of helpful information, and always made sure we were happy.

From the minute we checked-in, I realized that this place has a fantastic vibe.  Drinking beers by the pool, relaxing in the hammock, or soaking up some wifi-fi — this place was exactly what I needed.

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One really cool  aspect about the Eb & Flow experience was the food.  Breakfast is always included, but if you wanted your other meals taken care you can pick a few dishes from the menu, and then you only pay for the cost of the groceries.  Each day the friendly chef would come by, ask if you wanted to order anything, and which time you’d like to eat.  You could even go grocery shopping with him if you needed to pick up anything else from the store.

Every meal we had was simply delicious, and also very cost efficient.

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Important — due to liquor laws, there is no alcohol sold at Ebb & Flow Jungalows.  This is not a hotel or resort.  Howeverit’s definitely encouraged to stock up on some booze to enhance your Jungalow experience.

Oh.  AND THE WI-FI.  Blazingly fast.  I was there with fellow travel bloggers, and we were all pretty stoked about how much work we were able to catch up on.

Price vary depending on the time of the year, but head over to the Ebb & Flow website for more information.


Best Place To Stay in Weligama

Hangtime Hostel

I’ve been backpacking for quite awhile, and I always love when I find an awesome new hostel to recommend to people.  There actually aren’t that many hostels in Sri Lanka anyway, so this place is a no-brainer.  I stayed here for four days, and really loved my time here.

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The owner is actually an Australian who just followed his dream of quitting his job and opening up a hostel.

The accommodation is clean, the food is delicious, and it’s right across the street from the beach.  You’re guaranteed to meet some great fellow travelers, surf some waves, and might just find yourself extending your stay.

With prices as low as 1200 Rupees per night for the 6-bed mixed dorm, this hostel is ideal for the solo traveler, budget backpackers, or anyone else looking for a great vibe.  This place does sell-out during high-season, so head over to their website to reserve a spot.  You can also book on Hostelworld but it looks like prices are a bit more expensive than if you book directly.

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Where To Next…?  

Galle / Hikkaduwa / Unuwatuna:  You’re not too far away from these south coast cities, and they are definitely all worth a visit.  Galle is one of the must-visits in Sri Lanka, and the surfing / nightlife in Hikkaduwa & Unatuna is supposed to be great during peak season    

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Yala National Park:  The countries most famous national park is only a few short hours away.  I got the opportunity to go on a safari there, and had a really great time.  I unfortunately we didn’t see any leopards that day, but maybe you’ll get luckier than me.

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Udawalawe National Park:  This can also be done as a day-trip, but it is a pretty far drive so I’d just recommend heading there before / after you’re finished exploring the south.  This place is prime for elephant spottings.  In my opinion, I’d recommend Yala over Udawalawe, because the costs of the safari’s can add up, and Yala was truly amazing.  But if you can’t make it to Yala this trip, then definitely check out this park.

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The Ultimate Guide for Moving to Sydney on a Working Holiday Visa

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G’Day Mate.  So you wanna move to Sydney?  Excellent decision…

Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, and you should definitely be stoked for deciding to move here.  If you’re anything like me though, you’re also pretty nervous.  Well, I’m here to help you avoid some of the mistakes that I made when I first got here.  This guide will go over finding a room, Visa stuff, finding a job, and a bunch of other solid knowledge.  I hope you find this information helpful.  If you have any questions about life in Sydney, feel free to comment below!  If I’m still living here while you’re reading this, we should definitely grab a beer!

How to apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa

Cost:  440 AUD

Head on over to the Official Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection Website and fill out the correct Working Holiday Visa application.  Make sure you go through this website only.  There are a couple of Visa agencies that will assist you in the process, but they charge more, and it’s completely unnecessary.  The application only takes about 30-45 minutes, and is pretty straightforward.  They will normally reply to within one week, and send you your acceptance letter and information.

Note:  If you are applying from South-East Asia — DO NOT say that you have been in any of those countries for longer than 3 months.  They will force you to go to an approved Doctor, and complete a Tuberculosis exam. 

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Applying for your Tax File Number (TFN)

One of the first things you do when you get to Australia will be to apply for a TFN.  This is for tax purposes, and you’ll basically need to have this before you can start getting paid.  Friends of mine told me I could apply before I had arrived in Australia to save time, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me.  The TFN application is really quick and easy.  It says it can take up to two weeks for you to receive your TFN, but mine actually came in only 4 or 5 days!  You will need to put down an Australian mailing address, so you’ll need a place where you know you can receive mail.

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Where to Stay When You First Get To Sydney

Sydney is expensive, rent is absurd, and finding a comfortable place to live can be exhausting.

I’ve now stayed at four different hostels in Sydney, and now I’m happy that I finally found something that is absolutely perfect for me.

I’d definitely recommend checking out Sydney Student Living

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You’ll most likely need to stay at a hostel for at least a week or two while you get settled here in the city, and this place is by far your best option.

I love the common areas, the spacious rooms, the decent wi-fi, and the fair price.

If you look at a map, it might look like it’s outside the city center a bit, but it’s actually extremely easy to get into the city.  There are express trains to Central every 15 minutes.

This is honestly one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in during my travels, and think it provides the perfect amenities and atmosphere for people who are just arriving to Sydney.  Arriving to a new destination can be really intimidating, and this place will definitely take away a lot of your stress.

The price is actually one of the cheapest 4-share dormitory rooms in the city, and has the nicest facilities.

If you’re looking for a good hostel to stay at while you get settled — then definitely check this place out.

Take a look at some photos of Sydney Student Living

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Finding a Job

Sydney is definitely a land of opportunity, and there are tons of options for backpackers on the Working Holiday Visa.  The most common jobs are hospitality, construction, and office jobs.

The best three websites to find jobs in Sydney:

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Tip #1:  Get your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) as soon as possible.  It’s a necessity to have when applying to jobs in the hospitality industry.

Tip #2: Get your Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) to apply for jobs at RSL!  They are always looking for people, and you can make decent money.

Tip #3:  Set-up interviews and meetings at Recruitment Agencies.  I got my job through Hoban Recruitment.  They’ve been really great!

Tip #4:  Try to work on the weekends as much as possible.  For casual employees, you’ll make ridiculously high wages.

Tip #5:  Join Australia Backpacker Facebook Groups.  I have seen a ton of job postings there, and can be an easy way to start making money quick.

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Setting up your Bank Account

There are basically four main banks in Australia:  Westpac, Commonwealth, ANZ, and NAB.

I would strongly recommend using Westpac. 

I went in there one of the first few days I was in Sydney, and am very happy with my decision.  The bank charges no fees for the first 12 months, the mobile banking works great, and I’ve really enjoyed my experience with them.

You can use all Westpac & St. George’s ATM’s for FREE.  This really comes in handy when you are looking to get some cash out.

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Setting up your Phone Plan

Now this all depends on the invididual.  Do you use a lot of Data?  How much are you willing to spend each month?

My best advice would just to shop around between Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone.

I ended up choosing Vodafone.  For 50 AUD per month I get 8 gb’s of data, and unlimited international calls to the United States, and 9 other countries.

I rarely call people, and use What’s App & Facebook messenger to keep in touch with people — so data was the most important aspect for my phone plan.  I use a lot of data, and 8 GB for $50 was the best deal I could find.  This might have been a special promotion at the time.    

Check out this website to compare Australia Phone Networks and Plans.

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Finding an Apartment

Now that you’ve got yourself a job, a bank account, and a phone — you’ll probably be ready to move into an apartment.

I’ve ended up staying at Sydney Student Living for over a month, and might end up staying much longer.  I do like it here a lot because the atmosphere, the cleanliness, and it’s really comfortable — but eventually I will be moving to an apartment.

Finding a good apartment in Sydney can be difficult depending on your price range.

If you need your OWN room, you should expect to pay at least  250 per week.  This all depends on where you want to live, and how nice the room is.

Neighborhoods I’d recommend living in:

  • Ultimo: Right in the heart of CBD.  If you want to be right in the center of town, and work in an office — then this is a good place to look.  There are a lot of cheap rentals here.   
  • Chatswood (North Sydney):  The vibe in the North Sydney Suburbs is really great  The train system works really well to get into the city, and there’s plenty to do if you want to stay local.  Check out the bars around Chatswood & Crow’s Nest.
  • Newtown:  Really hip and trendy area with heaps of bars, restaurants, and activities.
  • Bondi Junction / Coogee:  For the beach fanatics, than you got to live close to the beach.  The beaches of Sydney are one the best reasons to visit Australia.

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The two websites to find an apartment:

Flatmates.com.auI like this website more for finding an apartment.  The only downside is that you have to pay $20-$30 for a premium membership to message “New Listings”.  It’s not the worst thing in the world, and you can message those listings after 14 days if they haven’t been taken — but it is still annoying.  It’s a great site though.  Easy to use, great interface, and heaps of listings.

Gumtree.com.au – This is basically the “go-to” website for moving to Australia.  You can just about everything on here, including housing opportunities.

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My Favorite Sydney Websites

The Concrete Playground — Amazing website that will give you plenty of ideas of what to do in Sydney.

Xplore Sydney — Great articles, food ideas, nightlife, and much more.

Public Transportation Trip Planner — How to get from Point A – Point B in Sydney.

Resident Advisor — The best nightlife events in Sydney.

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Helpful Facebook Groups to Join

Australia Backpackers Group  — Must join.  Lots of people to meet, share stories, and travel information.

Sydney Rent a room / Flatshare — For finding rooms.

Couchsurfing Sydney — Weekly events, meeting people, and events.

Backpacker Cars Sydney — Travel friends, buying and selling cars.

House And Techno Sydney (H.A.T.S) — Nightlife events for electronic music

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 Hopefully you found this useful for your move to one of my favorite cities in the world!  Once you move here you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I have — and will be very difficult for you to leave.  

If you’re planning on moving to Sydney anytime soon, and have any questions — leave me a comment down below, or shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help out anyway I can.

Check out some of my other articles about Australia

14 Words You’ll Start Saying When You Move to Australia

9 Music Festivals in Sydney to Keep You Dancing This Summer

The Jones Journal:  2 Months in Sydney, Australia

The Bondi – Coogee Coastal Walk (Photo Essay)

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Singapore to Bangkok Overland Backpacking Itinerary

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Introduction

One of the most common routes for backpacking in South-East Asia is traveling from Singapore to Bangkok overland.  It’s an absolute amazing trip with tons of incredible places to see along the way.  From starting out in amazing metropolitan cities like Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, and then breaking away to gorgeous islands — this is definitely going to be a trip you’ll never forget.  This Singapore to Bangkok guide will go over my proposed route, travel tips, helpful websites, and some of my favorite blog posts I’ve written along my travels.

Brief Overview & Itinerary Route

  1. Singapore
  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
  3. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  4. Penang, Malaysia
  5. Langkawi, Malaysia
  6. Koh Lipe, Thailand
  7. Koh Lanta, Thailand
  8. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
  9. Ao Nang / Railey Beach, Thailand
  10. Koh Phangan, Thailand
  11. Koh Tao, Thailand
  12. Bangkok, Thailand

Starting in Singapore (2-3 Days)

Singapore is an absolutely gorgeous city, and it is often overlooked by South-East Asia backpackers.  This tends to be a very popular “layover” destination, and I always hear people who have only seen the airport, or max spent a day in the city.  I would personally recommend staying in this city for at least 2-3 nights!  There’s a lot of amazing things to see, places to visit, and incredible food to eat!

Check out this article written by fellow travel blogger Adventurous Miriam titled,” Top Free Things To Do in Singapore“.  This is a great starting point for planning your travels in this amazing city.

Note:  Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and definitely the priciest place in South-East Asia.  Try to limit your expenses here, or else you might break your budget here!  My personal advice — don’t go out drinking.  Maybe a beer here or there, but don’t go out partying.  It’s so expensive, and it will be better to save your party energy for other destinations on this itinerary 😉

 

Bus Or Train to Kuala Lumpur (3-4 Days)

From Singapore, it is incredibly easy to get up to the Malaysian Capital, Kuala Lumpur.  Your choice between Train, Bus, or Flight.

Train & Bus Bookings:  Easybook

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur.  This is truly a special place with friendly people, beautiful sights, and delicious food (just like the rest of Malaysia).  During my travels in South-East Asia , I was lucky enough to call this city home for awhile.  The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur I actually didn’t enjoy the city too much, but after spending more time there I discovered how special the city really is.

For more information on Kuala Lumpur, check out the following blog posts I’ve written:

This is one of my favorite cities in South-East Asia, and definitely worth the visit for a few days.  If you’re on a time crunch, you won’t want to spend too much time here.  Just make sure you cover all the city highlights.

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Bus to Cameron Highlands (2-3 days)

The Cameron Highlands is a stunning hill station in central peninsular Malaysia, and has become a popular destination for visitors in Malaysia. Roughly the size of Singapore, the Cameron Highlands covers a large stretch of land, and there’s tons to see, do, and explore.  You’ll fall in love with the beautiful green tea plantations, and will leave you speechless when you visit the highest peak in the Cameron Highlands

For more information on the Cameron Highlands, check out the guide below!

A Backpacker’s Guide to the Cameron Highlands

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Bus to Penang (2-3 Days)

Penang is the cultural hotspot in Malaysia!  You’ll fall in love with it’s busy streets, beautiful artwork, and enchanting history.  Oh, and the food is absolutely amazing.  Most people come to Penang only planning a few day stay, but end up staying much longer than they expected.  You can spend a day on Batu Ferringi beach, hike through the National Park, and take the journey up to Penang Hill for spectacular views of the entire city.        

Best things to do in Penang:

  • Beach day and sunset on Batu Ferringi Beach
  • Spend some time hiking through the National Park
  • Take a visit to Penang Hill for spectacular views of the city
  • Stroll through Georgetown and check out all the artwork
  • Eat at Penang’s famous hawker stalls
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View from Penang Hill

 

Ferry from Penang – Langkawi (4-5 Days) 

Officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, around 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.  It’s right at the border of Thailand, and is a popular place to visit for traveller’s going north/south between Malaysia and Thailand.  It is truly an amazing island with amazing things to do, cheap accommodations, tax-free booze, and beautiful landscape.

Check out some of my blog posts on Langkawi:

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Ferry from Langkawi – Koh Lipe, Thailand  *Seasonal (4-5 Days)

After spending some time on Langkawi, you’re ready to journey further north into Thailand.  You’ll start your Thailand Island Hopping adventures in Koh Lipe, which is known as the “Maldives of Thailand”.  Pristine beaches, incredible food, and amazing sunrises & sunsets.

Ferry from Langkawi – Koh Lipe only available from November – May throughout the year.  If you’re traveling during the low season, you’ll have to take the ferry to Satun, Thailand — and catch the bus + ferry combo ticket from mainland Thailand.  Traveling during this time can be a bit expensive, it just depends on your budget and time restrictions.  It might be best to skip this island if you can’t take the direct ferry. 

Check out this amazing post from my friends at Getting Stamped titled, “The Ultimate Guide to Koh Lipe, Thailand.”  This is one of the most informative guides I’ve ever seen, and will answer all your questions about traveling to this beautiful island.

Sunrise on Koh Lipe. Photo credit

Sunrise on Koh Lipe. Photo credit:  Bambo Corr

 

Ferry from Koh Lipe – Koh Lanta (4-5 Days) 

Also depends on time of the year.  You might have to catch ferry + bus combo ticket up to the Krabi Province. 

After you’ve explored Koh Lipe to your liking, catch a ferry up to your next Thai Island, Koh Lanta.

Check out this awesome travel guide from the crew over at Never Ending Voyage titled, “Finding the Perfect Balance: Our Guide to Koh Lanta“.  This post will go over all the information you need for your time in Koh Lanta.

You’ll fall in love with this incredibly relaxing island.  There’s incredible beaches, a beautiful national park, and loads of other stuff to explore.  My main recommendation would be to hire a moped, and explore the entire island.  It’s the best way to see the island.   You can pack a bag, take breaks at all the beaches, and see how beautiful the island is.

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Ferry from Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi (4-5 Days)

When you’re ready to leave Koh Lanta (which can be harder than you think), you’ll be on your way to one of the most beautiful, photogenic, and most well-known places in Thailand — Koh Phi Phi.  Known primarily for the nearby Maya Bay being the film location for the Leonardo DiCaprio hit movie — “The Beach”.

Some people criticize Koh Phi Phi for being too touristy now, and too focused on partying — but it is still an absolute must visit during your time in Thailand.

Read my following blog posts on Koh Phi Phi

Leaving Koh Phi Phi is no easy task.  The party vibe is solid, there is amazing food, and you’re guaranteed to make some amazing new friends!  I personally think it’s the most beautiful area in Thailand!

 

Ferry from Koh Phi Phi – Ao Nang, Railey Beach, & Krabi (4-6 Days)

After spending the past couple weeks on Islands, it’s time to cruise back to the mainland.  Ao Nang is a really beautiful beach area, has a decent nightlife scene, and is definitely worth a visit.  There’s an island hopping tour that goes to nearby places, and a really fun pub crawl at night.

Don’t spend too much time in Ao Nang though — make sure you get over to the beautiful Railey Beach & Ton Sai Bay.

You can also hire a mo-ped and explore Krabi town, and the surrounding highlights.

Read:  The Best Hostels in Thailand

 

Book a Bus + Ferry Combo from Krabi to Koh Phangan (5 Days)

There are loads of travel agencies around Ao Nang and the Krabi that will help you book this ticket.  I typically travel with Lomprayah .  It is by the most established and organized company out there, and enjoy my travels when I book with them.  During peak season, they can sell out tickets.  (Especially prior to a Full Moon Party.)

Koh Phangan is one of the craziest party islands in South-East Asia !  You’ll often hear bad things about the Full Moon Party, but too be honest — it’s a damn good time (if you’re with the right people).  There’s something really fun about getting dressed up in Neon, covering yourself in bodypaint, and dancing all night with fellow backpackers.

To be perfectly honest though, the best party on Koh Phangan isn’t the Full Moon Party.  There’s so many better clubs, venues, and events that you should look into!  If your trip doesn’t align well with a date for the FMP, definitely still go to Koh Phangan!  It’s a great place to spend some time, relax, meet people, party, and enjoy paradise!

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Ferry up to Koh Tao (4-5 Days)

Koh Tao is the very first island I visited in my travels in South-East Asia, and it is by far one of my favorite places in Thailand.  This is a scuba-diver’s paradise, and is the perfect location to get your PADI certifications.  If you don’t want to do the full course, make sure you at least do a “Discover Scuba” one-day course.  It’s one of the most affordable places to try out scuba-diving, and is absolutely beautiful.  When you’re not scuba diving, Koh Tao is an amazing island to explore by moto.  Just choose carefully where you rent it, because this island is notorious for rental places taking advantages of tourists and withholding passports until the pay ridiculous “damage fees”.  Also make sure you do a day-trip to Koh Nang Yuan, Mango View point, The Koh Tao Pub Crawl, and party hard on Sairee Beach!

Read:  7 Amazing Things to do on Koh Tao  

 

Ferry from Koh Tao to Bangkok

You’ve seen the best islands Thailand has to offer, now it’s time to finish your trip in the “Big Mango”.  Bangkok is truly an amazing city, and there’s tons of amazing things to do, see, and explore.  It’s the gateway to South-East Asia, and most backpackers out here find themselves in Bangkok more than once.  The street food is delicious, the people are friendly, and you’ll absolutely love exploring all the temples, malls, and rooftop bars.

ReadWhere to Stay in Bangkok

Read10 Amazing Things to do in Bangkok

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Congratulations!  You’ve just crossed off three amazing countries in South-East Asia, and some of my favorite spots in the world to visit!

Substitutions & Other Destinations

  • The Perhentian Islands:  When you are traveling up through Malaysia, you could easily head over to the stunning Perhentian Islands.  It’s all the way on the east coast of Malaysia, so it’s a bit out of the way for this itinerary- but it would be incredible.  You could get a bus + ferry here from the Cameron Highlands.  Then when you’re ready to leave, take a bus over to Penang to continue the itinerary.
  • Phuket & Koh Samui:  Two of the most popular touristy destinations in Thailand, but I always recommend people to skip them.  They are overcrowded, expensive, and you can find much better places to spend your time.
  • Thailand National ParksKo Yao Nai National Park & Ko Tarutao are both absolutely gorgeous, and could easily be worked into this itinerary during your time on Koh Lipe, and Koh Phi Phi.

Travel Tips & Suggestions

  • Travel slow.  I give a recommended time in each place, but if you’re in not on a time crunch, then take it slow and enjoy your time in each place.  Otherwise, you might be spending a lot of time in transit.
  • Buy a Local Sim Card.  This always comes in handy in Malaysia & Thailand.  There are really cheap data plans.
  • Download my Free-Book.  “77 Amazing, Helpful, Money-Saving Tips for Backpacking South-East Asia” for all my best backpacking tips.
  • Stay in Hostels.  This is such an awesome backpacker route, and the best way to experience these destinations is to interact with other travelers!
  • Eat often!  The food in all three of these countries is absolutely amazing!  There are plenty of places for cheap eats, and all the meals are delicious.

Check out These Articles About This Region

Malaysia Travel Guide: Trip Highlights, Destinations, & Itineraries

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Thailand (Instagram Checklist)

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MALAYSIA Travel Guide: Trip Highlights, Itineraries, & Tips

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Welcome to Malaysia! 

Malaysia is an amazing and diverse country that has something to offer everyone.  If you’re looking for amazing food, gorgeous islands, and beautiful landscapes — Malaysia is a destination you should highly consider for your next holiday.  I have traveled pretty extensively through Peninsular Malaysia, and it has grown to become one of my favorite countries in entire world!  I’ve compiled this Malaysia Travel Guide as a source for people planning trips to this amazing country.

This guide will go over trip highlights, how to get around Malaysia, Malaysia itineraries, and general travel advice!

Hope you enjoy reading my Malaysia Travel Guide and favorite photos from my travels!

Note:  This Malaysia Travel Guide will focus entirely on Peninsular Malaysia.  I have never traveled to Sabah or Sarawak, and am not too well informed about those areas of the country. 

Trip Highlights

Kuala Lumpur

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You’ll most likely be starting your Malaysian holidays in the amazing capital city — Kuala Lumpur.  This is truly a special place with friendly people, beautiful sights, and delicious food (just like the rest of Malaysia).  During my travels in South-East Asia , I was lucky enough to call this city home for awhile.  The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur I actually didn’t enjoy the city too much, but after spending more time there I discovered how special the city really is.

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Sign up for AirBNB, and stay at the REGALIA CONDOMINIUM.  I used to live there, and it’s by far the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur.  It’s luxury complex that has all the amenities you’d want, perfectly located, and has the most amazing infinity pool.  There is a mall right next door with a grocery store, movie theater, and tons of other shops.

Also, ff you sign up for AirBNB with this link, you’ll get $38 off your first visit!  Which is easily a free-nights accommodation at The Regalia!

Trust me.  You want to stay here!


For more information on Kuala Lumpur, check out the following blog posts I’ve written:


Penang

Penang is the cultural hotspot in Malaysia!  You’ll fall in love with it’s busy streets, beautiful artwork, and enchanting history.  Oh, and the food is absolutely amazing.  Most people come to Penang only planning a few day stay, but end up staying much longer than they expected.  You can spend a day on Batu Ferringi beach, hike through the National Park, and take the journey up to Penang Hill for spectacular views of the entire city.        

Best things to do in Penang:

  • Beach day and sunset on Batu Ferringi Beach
  • Spend some time hiking through the National Park
  • Take a visit to Penang Hill for spectacular views of the city
  • Stroll through Georgetown and check out all the artwork
  • Eat at Penang’s famous hawker stalls

Langkawi

Officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, around 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.  It’s right at the border of Thailand, and is a popular place to visit for traveller’s going north/south between Malaysia and Thailand.  It is truly an amazing island with amazing things to do, cheap accommodations, tax-free booze, and beautiful landscape.

Check out some of my blog posts on Langkawi:


Cameron Highlands

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The Cameron Highlands is a stunning hill station in central peninsular Malaysia, and has become a popular destination for visitors in Malaysia. Roughly the size of Singapore, the Cameron Highlands covers a large stretch of land, and there’s tons to see, do, and explore.  You’ll fall in love with the beautiful green tea plantations, and will leave you speechless when you visit the highest peak in the Cameron Highlands

For more information on the Cameron Highlands, check out the guide below!

 


Taman Negara

Teman Negara National Park is the perfect place for travelers who love wild life viewing, jungle trekking, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, camping and many more. It is well established as one of the most popular ecotourism in Malaysia.  Popular activities include the canopy walk, jungle trekking, rapid shooting, cave exploration, and boat cruises.

Recommend days spent here:  1-2 days max

Check out the Teman Negara National Park website for more information


The Perhentian Islands

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Welcome to paradise.  The Perhentian Islands consist of both Perhentian Kecil & Perhentian Besar.  They are both absolutely stunning, and the minute you step foot on of the two islands you’ll never want to leave.   I’ve visited Perhentian Kecil on two different occasions now, and I definitely would not mind going back for a third.  The beaches are gorgeous, the atmosphere is relaxing, and the nightlife can get pretty crazy.

Perhentian Kecil is more for a younger crowd.  It’s much more lively at night and has an incredible fireshow.  Perhentian Besar has a lot more resorts, and is a bit more family oriented.

If you’re going to Malaysia — you’d be mistaken to skip the Perhentian Islands!

Check out my blog posts on this paradise island!


Pulau Kapas

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Pulau Kapas is an idyllic island escape for those looking for a bit more of a remote location.  You won’t find any big crazy resorts, fast wi-fi connection, or luxury restaurants.  What you will be rewarded with is amazingly beautiful water, suburb underwater life, and an extremely laidback atmosphere.  Pulau Kapas is truly a Malaysian gem, and I guarantee if you go for a couple days you won’t regret it!

For more information about traveling to Pulau Kapas:


Tioman Island

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If you’ve looking for some more island action, than definitely make your way over to Tioman Island.  It isn’t as gorgeous as the Perhentians or Kapas, but it has some of the best scuba-diving sites in the whole country.  The island is pretty massive, and is a 2-hour ferry ride from the mainland.  It is a DUTY-FREE island, which makes drinking on this island pretty cheap!  It’s a popular destination for weekend trips from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, so book in advance if you plan on being there on a Saturday & Sunday.  If you do plan on going, I’d definitely recommend staying on ABC Beach.

When I was there, I happened to catch really bad weather, and had some transportation issues.  I still had a great trip.  Read about it below:


Melaka

Melaka is just a short bus ride away from Kuala Lumpur, and can be a great place to spend one night.  It’s small enough to walk around, explore, and try some delicious food.  There’s not a whole lot to see here, but it’s definitely worth the visit.

To plan your visit, check out this post titled:


Getting Around Malaysia

The Malaysian transportation is some of the best I’ve found in all of South-East Asia.  Prices are relatively low, there’s tons of options, and they are all relatively comfortable.

Flights / Airfare

Malaysia is actually a really easy country to book extremely cheap domestic flights.

If you know your exact dates, you can actually get great flight deals.  Malindo Air is really great and includes 1 20kh checked bag.  These are particularly useful for flights to/from Kuala Lumpur.

Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands


Busses

Traveling around Malaysia on the bus transport is actually really easy, budget friendly, and comfortable.  There are loads of different companies that offer a ton of different routes.  None of the journeys take that long, and the busses can actually be really nice.  For bus schedules, routes, and fares, check out the website below.  I’ve booked online tickets with them, and made the process extremely easy.  You can just show the email confirmation at the bus station, and receive your ticket.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas


Hitchhiking in Malaysia

Just like in any destination, you should be careful when hitching a ride alone.  With that being said, Hitchhiking in Malaysia can be done, and it’s actually not too difficult.  I met these Spanish girls on Pulau Kapas who found a ride all the way from Teman Negara – Kuala Terranganu.  It’s not that it saves a ton of money, but it’s a great way to meet some local people, and have a unique travel experience.  For more information on Hitchhiking in Malaysia check the website below:

Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur


Trains in Malaysia

I’ve actually never taken a train in Malaysia, but I have heard that the system works out.  I almost boarded a train from Penang – Kuala Lumpur, but ended up extending my stay in Penang, and finding a flight that was cheaper than the train!  I honestly think that dealing with trains on other routes would just get complicated, so I’d just personally recommend Flights and Busses over taking trains in Malaysia.

Sunset on Tioman Island

Sunset on Tioman Island


Renting A Car

I’ve never rented a car and explored Malaysia on my own (mainly because I’m a solo budget traveler), but I have had some friends rent a van and go on weekend trips from Kuala Lumpur.  It’s definitely not the best option for everyone,

Jeep Excursions in the Cameron Highlands

Jeep Excursions in the Cameron Highlands


Malaysia Trip Itineraries

If you look at each of these locations on a map, you can see that it actually fits pretty well

One Week Malaysia Itinerary

If you are only in Malaysia for a brief visit, than you want to enjoy your holiday.  My advice would be to enjoy 2-3 days in Kuala Lumpur, and fly to either Penang for 3-4 days.  You don’t want to rush around each destination, because you will want enough time to enjoy each place and do all the activities.

Two Week Malaysia Itinerary

Days 1-3 — Kuala Lumpur

Take a morning bus to Teman Negara

Days 4-5 — Teman Negara

Book the early bus ticket to the Cameron Highlands

Days 6-7 —  Exploring the Cameron Highlands

Book the early departure bus to Penang

Days 8-10 — Penang

Catch the two hour ferry to Langkawi

Days 11-13 — Langkawi

Catch a domestic flight from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur

Day 14 // End of Trip — Kuala Lumpur for your outgoing flight..

Island Hopping Boats in Langkawi


Three Week Malaysia Itinerary

Days 1-3 — Kuala Lumpur

Take a morning bus to Teman Negara

Days 4-5 — Teman Negara

Book the early bus ticket to the Cameron Highlands

Days 6-7 —  Exploring the Cameron Highlands

Book transportation to Marang Jetty for access to Pulau Kapas (Close to Kuala Terranganu)

Days 8-10 — Pulau Kapas & Gem Island

Book early morning boat back to mainland, and get to main bus station.  Book transport to Perhentian Islands

Days 11-15 — The Perhentians Islands

Book Domestic Flight from Kuala Terrananu Airport – Penang.  Cheap fares available if booked in advanced. 

Days 16-17 – Penang

Catch the two hour ferry to Langkawi

Days 18-20 — Langkawi

Catch a domestic flight from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur

Day 21 // End of Trip — Kuala Lumpur for your outgoing flight..

Water & Lights show at KLCC

Water & Lights show at KLCC

One Month in Malaysia Itinerary

If you have a full month in Malaysia, I honestly would just recommend to follow the 3-week itinerary, but travel slower.  This will also allow flexibility with the domestic flights, and also spending less time on travel.  I would also recommend staying in Kuala Lumpur for an extra couple days, and doing a one-day trip to Melaka.  If you want to see it all, you can switch up this itinerary to add Pulau Tioman, but I would honestly skip it.  I found it to be really touristy, difficult to get to, and there are much better islands and beaches in Malaysia.

If you have even more time in Malaysia, look out for cheap domestic flights over to Borneo.  You could scuba-dive off the coasts of the world famous Sipadan island, or hike the highest peak in Malaysia — Mt. Kinabalu!


General Malaysia Travel Advice

Eat as much as you possibly can!  The food in Malaysia is absolutely incredible.  When you get to Kuala Lumpur, check out a Nasi Kandar and try the various curries, Roti Canai, and Nasi Lemak!

Interact with the locals!  Malaysian people are extremely friendly, and generally speak really great English!  They are very open and welcome to tourism, and can be a great experience.

Understand you are in a Muslim country!  Be respectful with your clothing!

Get a local SIM card!  Malaysia has a wide variety of phone plans, and it will come in handy to have 3G / 4G internet when your traveling.  I’d recommend Tune Talk.  There are great prices and deals, and it’s good coverage.

Download my Free E-Book — 77 Amazing, Helpful, Money-Saving Tips for Backpacking South-East Asia.  This goes over a ton of valuable information for Malaysia!


If you haven’t figured it out by reading this post, I have traveled pretty extensively throughout Malaysia.   I think it’s an amazing country, and am always thinking about going soon and exploring different parts.  I’m actually dying to get over to Borneo, but I’m sure that time will come eventually.

If you’re ever planning a trip to Malaysia, feel free to Contact Me with any questions!

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The Ultimate Guide to Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

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Pulau Kapas is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places you will ever visit.  It’s truly an island paradise that has a strange power to keep you there longer than you planned on staying.  It’s not a rich and glamorous place with tons of 5 Star Resorts or expensive restaurants.  It’s a very minimalistic island, which is what makes it so special.  There’s not tons of electricity, or decent internet connection — meaning it’s the perfect holiday escape.  The beach is amazing, the water is perfect, and you’ll be left speechless when you first arrive.

I’m hoping that this Travel Guide for Pulau Kapas will answer all your questions and get you stoked for your time on this idyllic island!

I’ve even gone as far as claiming it’s the most beautiful island in Malaysia!

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So Where Is Pulau Kapas?

Kapas is located just a few kilometers off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the Terengganu province.

Know Before You Go

  • Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.
  • Bring CASH.   There are no ATM’s on the island.
  • The Best Time to Visit Pulau Kapas is from April – August!
  • There are a lot of mosquitos on Kapas island!  Bring insect repellant!
  • Bring a flashlight at night to walk around the island!

How to get to Pulau Kapas

The boat ride is only a short twenty minute journey, and leaves several times per day from the Marang Jetty.  The closest city is Kuala Terranganu.

  • Marang Jetty.  Take the public bus from Kuala Terrenganu to Marang.  It’s a short bus trip, just make sure you ask the bus driver to drop you off at Marang!
  • Earliest boat at 9:00 A.M  — Last boat at 6:00 P.M.
  • Round-trip boat tickets.  Make sure you book round-trip tickets.  These should cost about 30-40 MYR depending on the time of the year.

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Flying to Pulau Kapas

There is no airport on Kapas island, but you can always book a flight on one of the many budget airlines in Malaysia to Kuala Terrenganu Airport.  Ideal for those looking for a weekend trip from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, or Singapore.

Bus to Pulau Kapas

The transportation in Malaysia works really well, and the busses are actually pretty nice!  You can easily check timetables to Kuala Terrenganu

For booking busses in Malaysia — check out the helpful website EasyBook I’ve searched and booked many bus tickets through Malaysia with them, and would recommend them to other traveling throughout the country.

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Where to Stay on Pulau Kapas

Gem Island Resort & Spa

By far the nicest and most comfortable way to spend your holiday on Pulau Kapas is at the Gem Island Resort & Spa.  While it is technically a 10 minute boat ride off of Kapas Island, it’s home to some of the best snorkeling on the island, relaxing beaches, and delicious food!  Prices as low as 63 per night!

LongSha Campsite Beach Camping

This is for the ultimate budget travelers, backpackers, and camping  fanatics.  It’s an awesome place to stay.  I stayed there for 5 night during my time on Pulau Kapas, and I highly recommend it.  It’s more than a campsite, it’s a community of like-minded people.  You’ll definitely have a blast if you choose to stay here.  Read my review of the Longsha Campsite on Pulau Kapas!

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Kapas Island Resort

This place is definitely your best choice if you’re not trying to go camping.  With rooms costing as low as $35 U.S.D, it’s clean, comfortable, and well located right by the ferry.  It’s also one of the only places on the island that has a swimming pool.

The Kapas Island Resort is also the only place you can really book online before you arrive on Pulau Kapas.  So if you’re looking for some guaranteed accommodation, this is your best bet.

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Captain’s Longhouse

For the people who aren’t fans of beach camping, wander over next door to Captain’s Longhouse.  It isone of the only other budget places to stay on Pulau Kapas.  I stayed here for one night, and had an enjoyable time.  They have double private rooms, and also a large dorm room as well.  The listed price is 40 MYR for a dorm bed, but you can easily talk them down to 30 MYR.  This definitely

Kapas Beach Chalet

By far one of the best places to spend your time on Pulau Kapas!  Kapas Beach Chalet, more commonly referred to as KBC, is where I spent the majority of my days on the island.  The restaurant meals are delicious, there’s tons of books to browse through, and the staff are all really friendly.  The owner of KBC is a Dutch man who moved to Pulau Kapas and fell in love with it.  It’s a really relaxed vibe here, and I highly recommend eating and spending some time here.

Kapas Turtle Valley Resort:  If you’re not on a strict budget, than this is the perfect place for you.  Located at the very end of Kapas, with it’s own private and secluded beach, Kapas Turtle Valley is an amazing place to spend your holiday.  The owners are really friendly, and the snorkeling right outside the property is fantastic.  Double rooms are still somewhat budget friendly for 190 MYR including breakfast.  There is also family rooms that fits up to four people.  Wi-Fi is also available here!


Best Places to Eat on Pulau Kapas:

Jetty Café

This is the first place you’ll see when you get on to Pulau Kapas if you get dropped off on the Jetty.  The family who owns this place is extremely nice, and the food is incredible!  At the end of my stay, I feel like I had tried the majority of the meals, and they all had me coming back for more.  They even make chicken nuggets, which are pretty great, and only cost 6 MYR.  It’s also one of the only places to find internet on Pulau Kapas.  It’s not really fast, and sometimes does not work too well, but if you need to send a few emails — head here.

Kapas Beach Chalet

As mentioned above, definitely cruise over to KBC for a few meals.  If you’re there on a Friday night, they do amazing BBQ’s!  It’s a little expensive at 45-50 MYR, but it’s absolutely delicious.

Cook Your Own Meal

This is meant specifically for those who are camping at Longsha Campsite!  They have an awesome kitchen, and it can be fun to get a group of people together and cook a communal meal.  All you need to do is to remember to go to the grocery store before you get on the speedboat to the island!

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Best Activities & Things To Do on Pulau Kapas:

Snorkeling / Scuba Diving

One of the main reasons you should be visiting Pulau Kapas is to be exploring it’s underwater biodiversity.  I only went snorkeling, but it was a daily activity!  I always saw beautiful fish (tons of nemo), turtles, coral, and even a couple sharks!  All you need is a mask, and you can swim out just a minute off the shore, and experience some amazing stuff!  Scuba-diving around Pulau Kapas is supposed to be amazing as well.  For scuba-diving on Kapas island, you’ll want to contact Aquasport Divers.

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End-to-End Beach Walk

All the places to stay, eat, and drink on Pulau Kapas are on the same side.  You can easily walk from one end, all the way down to the other end in about 30-40 minutes depending on how fast you are going.  It’s an amazing way to see all the main beaches, and soak up the truly relaxing nature of the island.  The best part about doing this — the beautiful golden staircases that you will follow.  They just remind me of a stairway to heaven.  Such a beautiful sight!

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Day trip to Gem Island

There are a few places on the island where you can book transportation to Gem Island.  Just go to the guys at the Longsha Campsite , and they’ll be able to organize a boat trip for you.  Gem Island is a small island just off the coast of Kapas.  There are two really nice beaches that are perfecting for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing.  This is also home to one of the “Shark Bays”, where you have a chance of swimming with sharks.  (Don’t worry, they won’t bit).  I saw two sharks during my time out there, and they were incredible!  There is also one really beautiful resort on the island.  It’s definitely a little pricey, but would be an awesome place to spend a holiday.  Check out the Gem Island Resort & Spa .

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Hammock & Read

Pulau Kapas is one of the best places in the world to just sit back, relax, and enjoy your time in paradise.  A lot of places around the island have hammocks, book swaps, and beautiful soft sand.  In between meals, snorkeling, and swims — just take a nap in the hammock, or catch up on your reading.

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Jungle Walks

There are two different jungle walks you can do to the other side of the island.  I was actually do lazy to do these during my time on the island (and because I didn’t have any shoes), but I heard they were both pretty quick and enjoyable.

Beach Volleyball

There are a few different volleyball nets on Pulau Kapas.  Get some people together, and get a game going!

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Budget Tips

Beach Camping is definitely my best travel advice for visiting Pulau Kapas.  It’s cheap, fun, and you’ll meet some amazing people.

Bringing your own food from the mainland can save you some money on food costs.  The restaurants on the island aren’t TOO expensive, but if you were to go grocery shopping you could save some money for sure.

Bring your own booze because there aren’t many places that sell beer on the island.  The few places that do will charge you around 10 MYR for one can of beer.   

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Conclusion

A weekend or extended trip to Pulau Kapas will be a trip that you’ll never forget.  The beaches are amazingly beautiful, the underwater life is incredible, and you’ll get stuck in the relaxing island vibe.

It might not be the most popular destination in Malaysia to visit compared to the metropolitan Kuala Lumpur, stunning Cameron Highlands, or popular Perhentian Islands — but that is exactly why Pulau Kapas is so special.

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Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Overland: Backpacking Trip Itinerary

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Introduction

One of the most common routes for backpacking in South-East Asia is traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok overland.  It’s an absolute amazing trip with tons of incredible places to see along the way!  From starting out this trip in an amazing metropolitan city like Kuala Lumpur, and then breaking away to some gorgeous islands — this is definitely going to be a trip you’ll never forget.  This Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok overland travel guide will go over my proposed route, travel tips, helpful websites, and some of my favorite blog posts I’ve written along my travels.

Brief Overview & Itinerary Route

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
  2. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  3. Penang, Malaysia
  4. Langkawi, Malaysia
  5. Koh Lipe, Thailand
  6. Koh Lanta, Thailand
  7. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
  8. Ao Nang / Railey Beach, Thailand
  9. Koh Phangan, Thailand
  10. Koh Tao, Thailand
  11. Bangkok, Thailand

 Kuala Lumpur (3-4 Days)

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur.  This is truly a special place with friendly people, beautiful sights, and delicious food (just like the rest of Malaysia).  During my travels in South-East Asia , I was lucky enough to call this city home for awhile.  The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur I actually didn’t enjoy the city too much, but after spending more time there I discovered how special the city really is.

For more information on Kuala Lumpur, check out the following blog posts I’ve written:

This is one of my favorite cities in South-East Asia, and definitely worth the visit for a few days.  If you’re on a time crunch, you won’t want to spend too much time here.  Just make sure you cover all the city highlights.

Train & Bus Bookings:  Easybook

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Bus to Cameron Highlands (2-3 days)

The Cameron Highlands is a stunning hill station in central peninsular Malaysia, and has become a popular destination for visitors in Malaysia. Roughly the size of Singapore, the Cameron Highlands covers a large stretch of land, and there’s tons to see, do, and explore.  You’ll fall in love with the beautiful green tea plantations, and will leave you speechless when you visit the highest peak in the Cameron Highlands

For more information on the Cameron Highlands, check out the guide below!

A Backpacker’s Guide to the Cameron Highlands

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Bus to Penang (2-3 Days)

Penang is the cultural hotspot in Malaysia!  You’ll fall in love with it’s busy streets, beautiful artwork, and enchanting history.  Oh, and the food is absolutely amazing.  Most people come to Penang only planning a few day stay, but end up staying much longer than they expected.  You can spend a day on Batu Ferringi beach, hike through the National Park, and take the journey up to Penang Hill for spectacular views of the entire city.        

Best things to do in Penang:

  • Beach day and sunset on Batu Ferringi Beach
  • Spend some time hiking through the National Park
  • Take a visit to Penang Hill for spectacular views of the city
  • Stroll through Georgetown and check out all the artwork
  • Eat at Penang’s famous hawker stalls
View from Penang Hill

View from Penang Hill

 

Ferry from Penang – Langkawi (4-5 Days) 

Officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, around 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.  It’s right at the border of Thailand, and is a popular place to visit for traveller’s going north/south between Malaysia and Thailand.  It is truly an amazing island with amazing things to do, cheap accommodations, tax-free booze, and beautiful landscape.

Check out some of my blog posts on Langkawi:

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Ferry from Langkawi – Koh Lipe, Thailand  *Seasonal (4-5 Days)

After spending some time on Langkawi, you’re ready to journey further north into Thailand.  You’ll start your Thailand Island Hopping adventures in Koh Lipe, which is known as the “Maldives of Thailand”.  Pristine beaches, incredible food, and amazing sunrises & sunsets.

Ferry from Langkawi – Koh Lipe only available from November – May throughout the year.  If you’re traveling during the low season, you’ll have to take the ferry to Satun, Thailand — and catch the bus + ferry combo ticket from mainland Thailand.  Traveling during this time can be a bit expensive, it just depends on your budget and time restrictions.  It might be best to skip this island if you can’t take the direct ferry. 

Check out this amazing post from my friends at Getting Stamped titled, “The Ultimate Guide to Koh Lipe, Thailand.”  This is one of the most informative guides I’ve ever seen, and will answer all your questions about traveling to this beautiful island.

Sunrise on Koh Lipe. Photo credit

Sunrise on Koh Lipe. Photo credit:  Bambo Corr

 

Ferry from Koh Lipe – Koh Lanta (4-5 Days) 

Also depends on time of the year.  You might have to catch ferry + bus combo ticket up to the Krabi Province. 

After you’ve explored Koh Lipe to your liking, catch a ferry up to your next Thai Island, Koh Lanta.

Check out this awesome travel guide from the crew over at Never Ending Voyage titled, “Finding the Perfect Balance: Our Guide to Koh Lanta“.  This post will go over all the information you need for your time in Koh Lanta.

You’ll fall in love with this incredibly relaxing island.  There’s incredible beaches, a beautiful national park, and loads of other stuff to explore.  My main recommendation would be to hire a moped, and explore the entire island.  It’s the best way to see the island.   You can pack a bag, take breaks at all the beaches, and see how beautiful the island is.

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Ferry from Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi (4-5 Days)

When you’re ready to leave Koh Lanta (which can be harder than you think), you’ll be on your way to one of the most beautiful, photogenic, and most well-known places in Thailand — Koh Phi Phi.  Known primarily for the nearby Maya Bay being the film location for the Leonardo DiCaprio hit movie — “The Beach”.

Some people criticize Koh Phi Phi for being too touristy now, and too focused on partying — but it is still an absolute must visit during your time in Thailand.

Read my following blog posts on Koh Phi Phi

Leaving Koh Phi Phi is no easy task.  The party vibe is solid, there is amazing food, and you’re guaranteed to make some amazing new friends!  I personally think it’s the most beautiful area in Thailand!

Ferry from Koh Phi Phi – Ao Nang, Railey Beach, & Krabi (4-6 Days)

After spending the past couple weeks on Islands, it’s time to cruise back to the mainland.  Ao Nang is a really beautiful beach area, has a decent nightlife scene, and is definitely worth a visit.  There’s an island hopping tour that goes to nearby places, and a really fun pub crawl at night.

Don’t spend too much time in Ao Nang though — make sure you get over to the beautiful Railey Beach & Ton Sai Bay.

You can also hire a mo-ped and explore Krabi town, and the surrounding highlights.

Read:  The Best Hostels in Thailand

Book a Bus + Ferry Combo from Krabi to Koh Phangan (5 Days)

There are loads of travel agencies around Ao Nang and the Krabi that will help you book this ticket.  I typically travel with Lomprayah .  It is by the most established and organized company out there, and enjoy my travels when I book with them.  During peak season, they can sell out tickets.  (Especially prior to a Full Moon Party.)

Koh Phangan is one of the craziest party islands in South-East Asia !  You’ll often hear bad things about the Full Moon Party, but too be honest — it’s a damn good time (if you’re with the right people).  There’s something really fun about getting dressed up in Neon, covering yourself in bodypaint, and dancing all night with fellow backpackers.

To be perfectly honest though, the best party on Koh Phangan isn’t the Full Moon Party.  There’s so many better clubs, venues, and events that you should look into!  If your trip doesn’t align well with a date for the FMP, definitely still go to Koh Phangan!  It’s a great place to spend some time, relax, meet people, party, and enjoy paradise!

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Ferry up to Koh Tao (4-5 Days)

Koh Tao is the very first island I visited in my travels in South-East Asia, and it is by far one of my favorite places in Thailand.  This is a scuba-diver’s paradise, and is the perfect location to get your PADI certifications.  If you don’t want to do the full course, make sure you at least do a “Discover Scuba” one-day course.  It’s one of the most affordable places to try out scuba-diving, and is absolutely beautiful.  When you’re not scuba diving, Koh Tao is an amazing island to explore by moto.  Just choose carefully where you rent it, because this island is notorious for rental places taking advantages of tourists and withholding passports until the pay ridiculous “damage fees”.  Also make sure you do a day-trip to Koh Nang Yuan, Mango View point, The Koh Tao Pub Crawl, and party hard on Sairee Beach!

Read:  7 Amazing Things to do on Koh Tao  

Ferry + Bus from Koh Tao to Bangkok

You’ve seen the best islands Thailand has to offer, now it’s time to finish your trip in the “Big Mango”.  Bangkok is truly an amazing city, and there’s tons of amazing things to do, see, and explore.  It’s the gateway to South-East Asia, and most backpackers out here find themselves in Bangkok more than once.  The street food is delicious, the people are friendly, and you’ll absolutely love exploring all the temples, malls, and rooftop bars.

ReadWhere to Stay in Bangkok

Read10 Amazing Things to do in Bangkok

 


Congratulations!  You’ve just crossed off three amazing countries in South-East Asia, and some of my favorite spots in the world to visit!

Substitutions & Other Destinations

  • The Perhentian Islands:  When you are traveling up through Malaysia, you could easily head over to the stunning Perhentian Islands.  It’s all the way on the east coast of Malaysia, so it’s a bit out of the way for this itinerary- but it would be incredible.  You could get a bus + ferry here from the Cameron Highlands.  Then when you’re ready to leave, take a bus over to Penang to continue the itinerary.
  • Phuket & Koh Samui:  Two of the most popular touristy destinations in Thailand, but I always recommend people to skip them.  They are overcrowded, expensive, and you can find much better places to spend your time.
  • Ko Yao Nai National Park & Ko Tarutao are both absolutely gorgeous, and could easily be worked into this itinerary during your time on Koh Lipe, and Koh Phi Phi.

Travel Tips & Suggestions

  • Travel slow.  I give a recommended time in each place, but if you’re in not on a time crunch, then take it slow and enjoy your time in each place.  Otherwise, you might be spending a lot of time in transit.
  • Buy a Local Sim Card.  This always comes in handy in Malaysia & Thailand.  There are really cheap data plans.
  • Download my Free-Book.  “77 Amazing, Helpful, Money-Saving Tips for Backpacking South-East Asia” for all my best backpacking tips.
  • Stay in Hostels.  This is such an awesome backpacker route, and the best way to experience these destinations is to interact with other travelers!
  • Eat often!  The food in all three of these countries is absolutely amazing!  There are plenty of places for cheap eats, and all the meals are delicious.

Check out These Articles About This Region

Malaysia Travel Guide: Trip Highlights, Destinations, & Itineraries

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Thailand (Instagram Checklist)

Thanks for reading my Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Backpacking Trip Itinerary!

If you’re planning a trip to South-East Asia and have any questions, feel free to Contact Me with any questions you have!  I’ve spent a lot of time backpacking around the area, and love helping people plan their travels!  Also, make sure you sign-up for my Newsletter below to download my FREE E-Book below that is full of amazing tips and information.

 

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Thailand: Instagram Checklist

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Welcome to Thailand

Thailand is one of the most incredible countries in the world.  Planning a trip out to this beautiful destination can sometimes be difficult though, because there is SO much to see and do.  I’m here to help.  I’ve spent a decent amount of time living, working, and traveling through Thailand, and want to make your trip planning as smooth as possible.

This Is Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Thailand — told through Instagram.  

Everyone loves sharing their travel photos on Instagram, and if you manage to post your own versions of these amazing Instagram ideas, I guarantee you will have seen just about everything Thailand has to offer!  Enjoy!  You might not have the best camera for travel, but you can still get some beautiful shots all throughout Thailand.

Playing With Elephants

When you come to Thailand, it should a top priority to hang out and play with some elephants.  Just be careful where you choose to do this.  Find an ethical Elephant Sanctuary and make sure they are taken care of properly.  (Photo: @vodkapond)

Rooftop Dinner & Drinks in Bangkok

There are lots of incredible rooftop bars in Bangkok, and they provide the perfect place for some excellent photography!  Order a beer, enjoy the view, and start your night right in Bangkok. (Photo: @nodestinations)

Koh Tao Viewpoint

Definitely one of the most Instagram worthy spots in Thailand is this view point looking over Koh Nang Yuan off the coast of Koh Tao.  Such a beautiful spot, and only a 10 minute hike to get. (Photo: LifeBeforeWork)

Live and Love the #IslandLife on our #Thailand tours! #KohTaoViewpoint

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Scuba Diving Photo

Make sure you check out some of the best dive spots in Thailand, and capture some beautiful underwater life with an underwater camera!  (Photo: @Alessiazamparini )

Full Moon Party

Whether it’s your “scene” or not, no trip to Thailand would be 100% complete without experiencing the Full Moon Party at least once!  Koh Phangan is one of the craziest party islands in South-East Asia, and you have to experience the madness for yourself!      (Photo: LifeBeforeWork)

Double tap if you've experienced a Full Moon Party! #Lifebeforework

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The Container in Pai

Pai is absolutely incredible, and one of the best parts about traveling in Northern Thailand.  It’s become a popular destinations for budget backpackers, and there’s never a shortage of things to do in Pai.  If you find yourself in Pai, make sure you make your way over to the Container!

Straight up chillin at the container…

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Railey Beach

Railey Beach is absolutely gorgeous, and is also one of the best places to go rock climbing in Thailand.  You can easily spend a few days in this area.  Spend your days on the beach, island hopping, or rock climbing.  No matter what, you’ll fall in love with Railey & Ton Sai Bay.    (Photo:  Rodrigoduzsinski)

Maya Bay

The famous film location of the film “The Beach”, this stunning bay has made Koh Phi Phi one of the top tourist destinations in all of Thailand.  Visiting Maya Bay will leave you speechless, and one of the asbolute best things to do while on Koh Phi Phi.     (Photo:  mellohama)

Longtail Boats

The colorful decorations on the Longtail boats make them completely beautiful, and perfect for photographing.  Especially when paired with the natural landscape, beautiful waters, or a gorgeous sunset.    (Photo: AboutThailand)

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Playing With Tigers

 It’s a popular debate in Thailand whether you should visit the Tiger Kingdom or not, but it’s also one of the more popular tourist attractions.  When planning your trip, make sure you do your research, and find an ethical organization you can go through.  You definitely don’t want to support the drugging of these beautiful animals.    (Photo: R_begley)

We survived the Tigers anyway ? #changmai #tigerkingdom

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 Buddahs & Temples

After your first day in Bangkok, you probably might be “templed out”.  You will have seen so many temples and buddahs, that you might not care to see any more, but a lot of them are absolutely stunning, and perfect to throw up on Instagram.    (Photo:  thailandinsider)

Songkran Water Festival

Celebrating the Thai New Year is one of the craziest experiences you can have in Thailand.  This three-day nationwide water fight is an insane party, and will definitely make you plan a trip back the following year.  Check out my Songkran 2015 Review!

Songkran was one of best experiences ive ever had in Asia

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Street Food Paradise

Who doesn’t like delicious meals that only cost $2-3…?  (Photo:  katiesjournal )

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Floating Market

The floating markets in Thailand are a really interesting sight that you need to see to believe.  Buy some souvenirs, fresh fruit, or just go to witness with your own two eyes.  (Photo: ThailandDLuxe)

Exploring Ayutthaya Temples

Ayutthaya is the perfect day trip from Bangkok.  There is a whole bunch of different temples to explore, and all of them are stunning!

Nothing hits the spot more than a fresh coconut on a humid day in Thailand.

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Khao San Road

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without throwing up one Instagram from Khao San Road.  Your choice between the full road itself, the insect vendors, or even the Ron McDonald who is shown doing the “wai”.  (Photo: ThailandDLuxe)

One guess what road this is? Khao San Road, Bangkok #bangkok #thailand Credit @imdoingmythang

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Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

One of the most beautiful view points in all of the Thailand is making the brief hike up to the top of Koh Phi Phi.  It’s absolutely stunning, and provides the best photographic points in Thailand. (Photo: @omg_that_chick )

Island Hopping / Snorkeling Tour

Get yourself on an island hopping and snorkeling tour, and explore the beauty of this country.  Everything about it is perfect — the water temperature, the landscape, and the underwater life.  (Photo:  BangkokAirways )

Watching a Fireshow

Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao, and Koh Samui all have some really impressive fire-shows every night.  Don’t miss out!  (Photo: @bkbnbkk)

What fireshows have you seen and who has the best? #fireshow #thailand #phuket Credit: @bkbnbkk

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Fresh Coconut Lifestyle

Nothing beats a fresh coconut on a hot day in paradise.  (Photo: livingcookiesdream)

Long Neck Ladies

Interesting, beautiful, and all very friendly!  (Credit:  julchacha )

#longnecktribe #thailand #vscoasia #vscothailand #vsco #тайланд #тай #путешествие

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Loi Krathong Lantern Festival

Pictures don’t do this justice.  You have to experience a lantern festival at least once during your travels in Thailand.  Head up to Chiang Mai around the beginning of November.  It will be a spiritual experience!  (Photo: drewhopper )

Koh Tao Sunsets

Koh Tao boasts some of the absolute best sunsets in all of Thailand.  Grab yourself a Chang beer, listen to some music, and enjoy.  (Credit: @savrick)

Markets, Markets, Markets

Everywhere you go, there will be markets.  If you’re in Bangkok, make sure you check out the Chatuchak weekend markets when you’re there!  (Photo: ThailandDLuxe)

Tuk Tuk Rides

“TUK-TUK!?  YOU WANT TUK-TUK?”  (Photo: ThailandDLuxe)

White Temple in Chiang Rai

Quite possibly the most beautiful and photogenic temple in all of Thailand.  If you’re in Northern Thailand, don’t skip this marvelous place!   (Photo:  BangkokAirways )

 

If these amazing instagram photos don’t make you want to book a one-way ticket to Thailand, then I don’t know what will.

Have you been to Thailand?  What were you favorite Instagram spots? Let me know in the comments section and I can add them to the list!  

 If you want more pictures from Thailand, make sure you follow these Instagram accounts:

ThailandDLuxe // ThailandInsider // ThailandTexbook

TravelInThailand // Thailand.Addict // BangkokAirways

AboutThailand // LifeBeforeWork 

Thanks for reading!  If you’re planning a trip to Thailand anytime soon, feel free to contact me with any questions.  I’d be more than happy to help out anyway I can!

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Bali: Instagram Checklist

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Welcome to Bali

Island that we LOVE the most! #Bali ❤ Regram from @devinacecilia

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Bali, also known as the “Island Of The Gods”, is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.  It has became a top holiday destination, and for good reason.  From the stunning beaches, beautiful landscape,  world-class surf spots, jaw-dropping sunsets, and vibrant culture — Bali has it all.

This is the ultimate travel guide to Bali — told through Instagram.

Take a look at this Where to Stay in Bali in Bali guide for amazing accommodation options.  Alternatively, you may also check out these top 7 Best Value Hotels to Relax in Bali by HotelsCombined to complete your Bali adventure.

Check out these 25 photos, get travel ideas, and start planning your perfect Bali holiday.

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1)  Watching the Sunset at La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant, Seminyak

The colorful decor, fun music, and comfortable bean bag chairs.  A favorite pick among Bali Instagrammers.

2) Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

You can’t come to Asia without throwing up at least one Instagram of cute little monkeys, and there’s no better place to do it than the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

3)  Mt. Batur Sunrise Hike

Completely worth the 2 A.M depature time…Check out this amazing amazing post about the Mount Batur Sunrise Hike to learn more about it.

4)  Uluwatu Sunsets

The best place to watch the sunset in Bali is definitely down in Uluwatu.  With so many different amazing places to choose from, you’ll be able to capture some quality sunset photographs.

If you need me, this is where Ill be…Mu Resort Infinity Pool in Uluwatu

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5)  Watching the Surfers in Uluwatu

Speaking of Uluwatu…have you seen how talented those surfers are?  Uluwatu provides world-class waves that bring some of the best surfers of the world.  Make sure you to take some time to observe their insane surf skills, and capture the moment to share on Instagram.

True life: I wish I could surf…

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6)  Pool Days at Potato Head Beach Club

Have you ever seen so many good-looking people in one place?  Beautiful location, awesome atmosphere, and gorgeous sunsets.  Once you go here, you’ll understand why this venue has become one of the hot-spots in Bali.

7)  Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud

Large, green, and absolutely stunning.  Taking a stroll through these marvelous Rice Terraces will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Rice on rice on rice…terraces

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8)  Life is Better With Bintang

This delicious pilsner will become your favorite beverage of choice during your time in Bali.  As well, it can make a great object for snapping a great Instagram.

The Bintang life… #boozecruise #Sunset #GiliT #Globetrotter #Indonesia

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9)  Exploring & Posing at The Temples

Bali has tons of amazing temples to visit, and they all provide the perfect opportunity to grab some stunning photos to share with your friends.

L e m p u y a n g T e m p l e Photo by @whatsthehelen Photo location : Pura Lempuyang Luhur, Karangasem, Bali Lempuyang Temple or Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of Bali’s 9 key directional temples. It is also called “ The Temple of Thousands Steps “ located at the summit of Belibis Hill at Karangasem Regency. If you are from Kuta, it will take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours drive to this place. This temple is of great significance to the Balinese culture and religion. Set atop Lempuyang mountain, it is roughly halfway between Amlapura and Amed. For tourists who love trekking, it will be a great experience for you to climb the path to this temple. There are many beautiful sceneries of volcano and greater Bali, waiting for you to be discovered and challenging paths. It is a two hour climb to the summit, up to 1700 steps, but there is also a temple at the bottom near the parking area, if you choose not to make the climb. Hashtag your photos with us #thebaliguideline LIKE US ON FACEBOOK THEBALIGUIDELINE ■ FOLLOW TWITTER @tbaliguideline

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10 ) The View from Finn’s Beach Club

Finn’s Beach Club in Ulutwatu is one of the absolute best places to spend a day during your holiday in Bali.  The entrance is gorgeous, and as the “elevator” slowly brings you down the cliff, you can’t help but appreciate this amazing island.

Viewpoint from the entrance to Finn's Beach Club in Uluwatu. A tad bit expensive for Indonesia, but worth every penny.

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11)  Proof of Paradise

Bali – “The Island Of The Gods”

12) The Beauty of Kintamani & Batur

Whether you only visit Kintamani & Batur for a day trip, or stay here for a week — you definitely need to photography this stunning location!

13)  Over-looking The Rock Bar in Jimbaran

Beautifully constructed along the gorgeous coast-line, snapping a photo of The Rock Bar is definitely a must.  This is also a solid choice for dinner, drinks, and enjoying the sunset.

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14) The Beauty of Uluwatu Beach

When the tide is high you can watch the surfers paddle in and out of this beautiful cove, but when the tide is slow you can lay down a towel, read a book, and enjoy this stunning beach.

Where the surfers come to play #uluwatu #bali #indonesia #TravelBlogger #Globetrotter #wanderlust #islandlife #surf

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15) Pool Reflections, Trees, and Sunsets

Resorts are all over the place.  Relax by the pool, and capture some stunning photographs.

16)  The Yoga Pose

Bali  is one of the best places in the world to so some yoga.  Even if you aren’t a hard-cory Yogi, strike your favorite pose and upload it to Instagram.

17)  Beach Days in Paradise 

Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Regram from @freddynicotjandra in Padang-Padang beach #Uluwatu #Bali

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18)  Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls might not be the #1 reason you come to Bali, but they should definitely be a top-priority during your holiday.  Check out this list of amazing waterfalls in Bali.

19)  The Underwater Shot

You can’t go to Bali without exploring the underwater life.  Whether you are a certified scuba-diver, or just do some snorkeling, make sure you get a couple shots of you under the water.

20)  Tanah Lot Temple Sunsets

Tanah Lot Temple is absolutely gorgeous, and has become one of Bali’s top tourist attractions.  If you find yourself here during a sunset, you’re in for a real treat…

21)  The Luxurious W Retreat & Spa

The “W” has become one of the world’s most well-known resorts, and their location in Bali will leave you absolutely speechless.

Right place right time ? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• An amazing photo regram from : ? @achmadsholeh Was taken at "W Retreat & Spa, Seminyak, Bali" Let's sharing your amazing moment with @balidaily ? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #Bali #balidaily #visitbali #explorebali #balitrip #thisisbali #balilife #lovebali #travel #holiday #summer #instadaily #instagood #pictofthedayu #paradise#lovebali #sunset #sunriseU #kintamani #canggu #kuta #legian #seminyak #petitenget #sanur #ubud #uluwatu #nusadua #lovina #lembongan #ceningan

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22)  A Trip To The Gili Islands

While Bali is known for it’s spectacular beaches, you can’t beat the beauty of the idyllic Gili Islands.  Whether you choose the beautiful and wild Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, or Gili Air — you’ll fall in love these islands.

To stay here for another month or not…? Tough decision…

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23)  The Gili Trawangan Sunset Shot

Everyone who comes to Gili Trawangan has to get the famous “swing shot”.

I think I've died and gone to heaven…

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24)  Marveling at the Cultural Dances

Recommend:  The Kecak dance down Ulutwatu temple

25)  Finally — the”Airplane Wing” Shot

Because you obviously have show everyone how you get to Bali.

If you manage to complete all 25 of these Instagram ideas, consider your trip to Bali a complete success!

For more amazing Bali Travel Photos, follow these accounts!

TheBaliBibl  ///  FascinatingBali ///  GodIsland_Bali

BaliGoOfficial ///  The Bali Guideline ///  BaliDaily

If you like one of the photos, make sure you click on it and follow the featured artists.  

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A Backpacker’s Guide To The Perhentian Islands

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Welcome to Paradise.

The Perhentian Islands are compromised of Perhentian Kecil & Perhentian Besar.  Since I’m writing about the Perhentian Islands for backpackers, I will be writing entirely about Perhentian Kecil.

Perhentian Kecil:  A small and beautiful island consisting of Long Beach & Coral Bay, just a short 10-15 minute walk between the two main areas.  There are a few budget accommodations, nice places to eat, and where all the nightlife occurs.  

Perhentian Besar:  The larger island that consists almost entirely of families, vacationers, honeymooners, and expensive resorts.  

Map created by: http://www.perhentiantrans.com/

Map created by: http://www.perhentiantrans.com/

Getting to The Perhentian Islands

The only access point to the Perhentian Islands is from the Kuala Besut, Jetty.  

If you’d like to fly, then book a flight to either Kota Bharu (closer airport) or Kuala Terrenganu.  From the airports, you will have to take a taxi to the Kuala Besut Jetty.

Cost:  If you get to to Kuala Besut Jetty on your own, you can book your round-trip tickets for 70 MYR.  If you are lucky, you can talk them down.  I actually saw one company offering a special for 50 MYR round-trip.

Where To Stay:

The Perhentian Islands don’t have too a lot of budget accommodation options, but I have stayed at these places, and have enjoyed my time at all of them.

AirBNB — There are some really cool options on AirBNB for Perhentian Kecil.  One of them looks like it’s “glamping” in a tree-house / log-cabin, and there’s a couple nicer hotels.  The best part about staying with AirBNB is they give you $38 OFF YOUR FIRST BOOKING.  So everytime you create a new account, you can save tons of money!

Tropicana Inn / Tivoli Backpackers:  This is a combination of two places that offer both dorm beds and private chalets.  There is currently a lot of construction going on, and there will soon be a lot more availability at this place.

Prices vary upon the time of the year.  During low season you can get a dorm bed for as low as 20/30 MYR per night.  During high season expect to pay 50 MYR per night!

Pros:  Air-Con, Comfortable beds, clean shower, towel provided and overall decent facilities.

Cons:  Wi-Fi only available in lobby, No Lockers, and unfriendly staff.   

One of the best aspects of staying here is that is located right in the middle of the island between Coral Bay & Long Beach.  

Coral Bay

Coral Bay

Mohsin Chalet:  Really well located on Long Beach, Mohsin Chalet is another solid budget option.  They have some basic private rooms available, but there is also one building they use as the dorm room.

Prices vary upon the time of the year.  During low season you can get a dorm bed for as low as 15/20 MYR. During high season expect to pay 35 MYR per night.  (Potentially more during a busy weekend).

The dorm  room is very basic.  It’s a giant room with  11 bunk-beds in it.  The building is worn-down, and I nicknamed it “the dungeon”.  You’ll need insect repellant or a mosquito net, because you will get eaten alive.  The bathrooms are dirty, no wi-fi in the rooms, and lots of people.

Pros:  Very short walk to the beach, cheapest option on the Island, beautiful reception overlooking Long Beach, and friendly staff.

Cons: The dorm room cleanliness, no lockers, bugs, and overall bad facilities.  

This can be a great place to meet fellow travelers, and is the cheapest place to stay.  If you are a hard-core budget backpacker, then this is where you are going to stay.  

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Dive Center Packages

There are a ton of different dive centers on the Perhentian Islands.  All of them offer a bunch of different packages that can save you money.

If you already have your PADI, you can book a certain number of fun-dives + accommodation for a special price.  I don’t dive, so unfortunately I couldn’t take advantage of these great deals.  

I know people who dived with Panorama Diving, and they really enjoyed it — so I guess I recommend them.  You could also check out these other great dive companies to compare prices:

There’s one Diving Center that offers PADI certification through AirBNB!  So if you sign-up for a new account, you can save the $38 Off Your PADI Certification + Accommodation!

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Things To Do On The Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands are pretty small, and there actually isn’t a whole lot of things to do.

Get PADI Certified:  With all the different dive companies, if you are looking for a great place to get certified, than this is a solid option.  The Perhentian Islands are known for having spectacular diving opportunities.  You can shop around, but all the dive centers offer 4-Day Open Water Certificaiton packages from 950 – 1100 MYR.

Snorkeling / Island Hopping Tours:  For those whose who don’t have their diving certifications, the Perhentian Islands still offer some of the best snorkeling spots in Malaysia.  You’re almost guaranteed to see a couple turtles, sharks, and beautiful fish.  The coral is beautiful, and you can’t go to the Perhentian Islands without diving or snorkeling at least once.  one of the reason you come here is to explore the underwater life.

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Beach Days:  Read books, lounge on the beach, rent a beach umbrella, go for a swim, play beach volleyball, etc.  This is definitely a “vacation” island, and it’s a great place to unwind during your travels and just simply relax.

Movie Nights:  There are several different places on the Perhentian Islands that you can chill-out at night to watch a movie.  My favorite place is at Ombak Resort.  They’ve got delicious food (although a bit expensive for a backpacker budget), and they have the best set-up.

Watch the Sunrise & Sunset:  Depending on the time of the year, the sunset might not be too great because of the monsoon clouds.  However, the Perhentian Islands can surprise you with some amazing sunsets.  Sunset – Coral Bay….Sunrise – Long Beach.   

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Best Places To Eat on Perhentian Kecil

Ewan’s Cafe:  This is definitely my favorite place to eat on the island.  The food is delicious, fairly priced, and the staff are all really nice.

They also have some of the fastest wi-fi on the island.  So if you need to get online to book a flight, hotel, or plan your next destination, check out Ewan’s Cafe.

Panorama Divers Buffet Breakfast:  For the small cost of 15 MYR, you get a selection of a wide variety of breakfast foods.  Roti Canai, Pancakes, Cereal, Fried Rice, Fried Noodles, Eggs, Toast, Donuts, etc.  This buffet is definitely worth the money!  You have to try it at least once.  Plus, for only 15 MYR — it’s a fantastic deal for a budget traveler.

The Local Restaurants of Long Beach:  When you walk up and down Long Beach, about right in the middle is a set of 4-5 different restaurants.  Almost all of them have identical menus, fairly priced, and are pretty great.

Chillout Cafe:  If you walk pretty far towards the end of Long Beach, you’ll find a restaurant with a giant reggae sign that reads “Chillout Cafe”.  Eat here at least once.   At first glance, the food might seem a little pricer than other places, but it’s absolutely delicious.  I ordered a Chicken Fried Rice ( pretty standard dish), but it was one of the better CFR I had eaten in a long time.  They also have decent Roti Cani, and tasty fruit juices / smoothies.

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Nightlife on Perhentian Kecil:

While Perhentian Kecil is definitely not one the best party islands in South-East Asia, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a solid night out drinking here.

It’s very easy to party here because people only really go to 2-3 different spots.

Panorama Bar:  Probably the most lively spot with a “bar” feel.  They also have AMAZING PIZZA that you should try at least once.  They are kind of expensive at 25 MYR, but worth it.

Monkey Bar:  Just across the street from Panorama bar, this is a spot to grab a drink and chill a bit.

Pirates of Perhentian:  This is where the nightly fire-show is held every night at 10:30 P.M.  Watching this every night is a lot of fun.  You can sit down on the beach, order some beers, smoke some hookah, and watch some extremely talented people play with fire.


Where to Next:

The Perhentian Islands are a popular destination for backpackers in South-East Asia.  Since they are located at the top of Malaysia, it’s common that most people are either working there up through up to Thailand, or working there way down to Kuala Lumpur.

Pulau Kapas:  If you feel like you want to explore more of Malaysia’s best beaches, then catch a bus down to Pulau Kapas.  I personally think it’s the Most Beautiful Island in Malaysia.

Penang / Langkawi :  A popular decision is to head to the West coast of Malaysia and check out Penang and Langkawi.  Two amazing islands, with very different vibes.  Penang for some culture and food, Langawi for some fun in the sun and waterfall exploring.  Check out all my Langkawi Blog Posts.

Cameron Highlands / Teman Negara:  Visit and trek through the oldest rainforest in the world, with the tallest canopy walk in the world!  You can take a boat + bus combo from the Cameron Highlands to Teman Negara for 70 MYR.  Check out my Backpacker’s Guide to the Cameron Highlands.

Kuala Lumpur:  The amazing capital of Malaysia, you can’t visit this amazing country with experiencing all the Amazing Things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

I hope this backpacking guide for the Perhentian Islands was helpful for planning your trip!  Remember, if you ever have any questions about traveling South-East Asia, feel free to contact me!

Thanks for reading, and SAFE TRAVELS!

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77 Amazing, Helpful, and Money-Saving Tips for South-East Asia

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I’ve spent in total over 15 months backpacking around South-East Asia.  I think it’s the absolute best part of the world for long-term travel, and can truly be a life-changing experience.  I got an email the other day asking about advice and general tips for South-East Asia Backpacking trip.  I realized that while I have written about this subject briefly, I haven’t written all my random tips and advice in one place.

I started writing this thinking I would stop at 20.  I ended up getting up to 77.  So instead of publishing at as an extremely long blog post…I decided I would release this as my first E-book.

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I hope you enjoy the book, and learn some things from reading it.  If you are planning a trip to South-East Asia, feel free to contact me with any questions.

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