Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands have all the good looks and sun-kissed beauties you’d expect of an archipelago set at the entrance to the Thai Gulf.

Encompassed by sparkling dashes of coral reef, they are usually accessed by boat from Kuala Besut.

The location on the east coast of Malaya keeps them void of the same booming crowds that descend on Penang, which is great if you’re after long and lazy days kicking-back between Turtle Beach and Coral Bay.

But that’s not it.

There’s SCUBA diving aplenty, with famous sites like Pinnacle and Sugar Wreck offering great visibility.

There’s jungle hiking paths, where you’ll keep the company of oversized lizards and snakes.

And there are some great fish fries in the evening to boot!

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