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Perhentian Islands Malaysia Stormy Sunset: Our Pic of the Day


We left our chalet for a walk on the beach to see the evening’s sunset. That’s when a dark mix of clouds rolled in to create this dramatic view. We were in the Perhentian Islands of Malaysia. I consider these islands a nice alternative to Thailand if you are trying to avoid the crowds and party atmosphere of the beaches of southern Thailand. There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, but the islands aren’t too built up. The guesthouses and hotels are concentrated in about four main beach areas across two islands. Perhentian Besar (Big Island) and Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) have limited development and their surrounding waters are protected by a National Marine Park. The islands are mostly covered by jungle. The white sand beaches and excellent underwater life are the main draws to the Perhentian Islands.

Diving, snorkeling, and relaxing on the beach are the main activities here. Simple beachfront restaurants are adequate, if a little overpriced. But accommodation is a great value. We stayed for RM70 per night ($23 US) in a double room chalet with garden view.

The Perhentian Islands are accessible via small ferry boats from Kuala Besut, Malaysia. Kuala Besut can be reached from either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu.



Stephen Bugno's two decades of independent travels have taken him to more than 100 countries. His freelance articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Hartford Courant. He lives in Alaska, USA publishing the GoMad Nomad Travel Mag and blogging at Bohemian Traveler in bween international travel and adventuring at home. Find him on Facebook, or Twitter.

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