Pulau Perhentian Besar (bigger Perhentian island) which suitable for family with kids, honeymooners, older tourists and people who willing to spend more as it is much expensive and quieter
Pulau Perhentian Kecil (smaller Perhentian island) which carter much for backpackers, singles (or couples), younger travelers and have lower budget than those who opted for bigger island.
Both islands has no road, no vehicles, no chain-stores, no supermarket, no cinema, no ATM/banks (cash advance via credit/debit card service available at bigger resorts/dive centers at between 5-10% charge, so bring enough cash if possible before you hit the islands), no electricity (electricity generated by diesel-pump generator which resulted most of the chalets, guesthouses, resorts only have power supplies at night except for the expensive options) and don’t worry about water supplies as the government already installed the clean water piping since 2011.
Surrounded by many other smaller islands like Pulau Rawa Kecil, Pulau Rawa Besar, Pulau Susu Dara Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara Besar, etc. Also houses so many beautiful dive sites like Tokong Laut @ Sea Temple, Batu Nisan, D’Lagoon, Sea Bell, Sugar Wreck & Ship Wreck (for wreck diving), etc. And also spectacular snorkeling site like Light House, Shark Point, Turtle Point, Romantic Beach,Fish & Coral Gardens, etc. And there’s also a semi-modern local fishing village situated on the smaller Perhentian island.
The Perhentian Islands is more likely envisioned the likes of Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui to be more than a decade ago, before the tourism is out of control in Thailand. It is just beautiful, barely developed (although now on Pulau Perhentian Kecil there are walkway made to connect between Coral Bay and Long Beach), crystal clear clean water, white powdery sandy beach, amazing coral gardens, dazzling array of sea life (turtles, sharks, barracuda, clown fish, etc etc etc) and very laid back beach life.. In another word – paradise on earth. To be honest, it’s almost impossible to talk about the Perhentian Islands without descending into holiday-cliche like mentioned above but that’s the reality, that’s just the Perhentian islands!
True, nearly every beach destination claims most of these things, but the Perhentians do the dive/snorkel beach holiday better – and cheaper – than just about anywhere. The sea is clearer and the beaches whiter than Koh Phi Phi or even around the Great Barrier Reef; the travelers are less obnoxious than in Koh Pha Ngan or Bali; the diving is cheaper than Koh Tao; food and accommodation are basic but cheap. Diving in the Perhentian Islands is top-notch for the money. With single dives as cheap as RM70 (USD $23), getting under the water for an afternoon is a great way to shake off last night’s party.
It’s nothing like much-hyped Koh Tao – a so-called divers paradise in south Thailand – small islands with more than 50 dive centers/schools. Unfortunately, with a literal fleet of dive boats sputtering around the reefs there for decades – as well as leaking petrol into the water… The Perhentians are far less dived, so no need to battle for parking at dive sites, and friendly shark encounters are that much easier to find.
Dive centers on bigger island – Alu Alu Divers/Watercolors/Sea Horse Divers
Dive centers on smaller island – Angels Divers/Ombak Divers (on Coral Bay area), Panorama Divers/Matahari Divers (on Long Beach area).
Snorkeling centers on bigger island – Alu Alu Divers/Flora Divers/Watercolors.
Snorkeling centers on smaller island – Ombak Divers/Yellow Station (on Coral Bay area).
Budget accommodation on bigger island – Flora Resorts and few others.
Budget accommodation on smaller island – too many!!! Highly recommended:-
Fatimah Chalet, Ewan’s Chalet & Cafe, Tropicana Inn, Panorama Chalet, Matahari Chalet, Mohsein Resort, Bintang Chalet
High-end accommodation on bigger island – Perhentian Island Resorts/Alu Alu Divers Lodge/Awana Resorts/Tuna Bay Island Resorts and well, many others.
High-end accommodation on smaller island – Bubu Resorts/Shari-La/Ombak Resorts/Senja Bay Resorts.
F&B on bigger island – Tuna Bay Island Resorts/Perhetian Island Resorts.
F&B on smaller island – Ewan’s Cafe/Amelia’s/Mama’s/Ombak/Oh La La/Bubu
**(for RM20, you can get an awesome BBQ dinner (consists of rice, baked potato, seafood, fruits, banana cake, choice of sauce & a glass or cordial juice) at Amelia’s or Mama’s on Coral Bay area).
Note: PERHENTIAN ISLANDS IS OPEN FOR PUBLIC FROM MID FEBRUARY – MID OCTOBER. THE ENTIRE ISLANDS WILL COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN FROM ANY BUSINESSES DURING MONSOON SEASON WHICH IS FROM MID OCTOBER TO MID FEBRUARY, EVERY YEAR.
Putrajaya is one of 3 Federal Territories in Malaysia. It also where most of the government offices located including Prime Minister office. It is 45mins drive out of Kuala Lumpur. Most of the building architecture are amazing with the combination of modern and Islamic influence. Also in Putrajaya, there is amazing mosque known as the “Red Mosque”. Great architecture inside out. Very calming – that’s what my friend, Ken, an American-Korean said.
The Putra Mosque, or Masjid Putra in Malay language, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia. Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later. It is located next to Perdana Putra which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and man-made Putrajaya Lake. In front of the mosque is a large square with flagpoles flying Malaysian states’ flags.
The pink-domed Putra Mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time. The basement wall of the mosque resembles that of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.
The mosque consists of three main functional areas – the prayer hall, the Sahn, or courtyard, and various learning facilities and function rooms. The prayer hall is simple and elegant, supported by 12 columns. The highest point below the dome is 250 feet above ground level.
The Sahn, landscaped with several decorative water features and bordered by colonnades, provides a huge yet welcoming and beautiful prayer space.
Its impressive minaret is influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad. At 116m, it is one of the tallest minarets in the region and has five tiers, representing the Five Pillars of Islam.
Kuala Lumpur’s very own Petronas Twin Tower or known as KLCC with the locals is a significant trademark of Malaysia. RM64 (student price) – not complaining. Might sound pretty expensive but for the view and the experience to be on the sky bridge at 41st floor and the view point at 86th floor, it worth the price. I mean, come on, it is not you gonna go up there everyday unless you work there, right? Well, go, if you have a chance to go. A must-visit place if you come to Kuala Lumpur or your visit to Malaysia will be incomplete no matter how many pictures you take below/outside the twin towers.
If you are backpackers and your mode of transportation to around is LRT and you stay somewhere around Chinatown area, I am sure this creative graffiti is no alien to your eyes.
Also, I was walking down the street to Changkat Bukit Bintang (to go back to my hostel – Serenity Backpackers) and on the way there, I saw a very interesting wall art on side of the 2-storey building. The art of the famous faces like Audrey Hepburn, Queen Elizabeth (with cigar, LOL), Amy Winehouse, Cleopatra, Eric Cantona, etc. I was pretty awesome. I like it.
Applaud to the city council to allowed creative soul to paint the pale grey walls along the river near the train station 🙂 and many other boring white-wall buildings around the city.