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Islands of Malaysia

Islands of Malaysia

There are hundreds of beautiful islands within Malaysia, most of them can be visited during your travels but not all offer a place to stay overnight. The islands of Malaysia are divided in the islands at the western peninsula, the eastern peninsula and the islands around Borneo. All are equally stunning, though there enough differences between each island. Most popular islands are Langkawi, Penang, Perhentian, Redang and Tioman. Around Borneo you have Lankayan, Selingan, Mataking and of course Sipadan.

Tropical island of Langkawi

Tropical Gem Langkawi

The tropical island of Langkawi is one of the most popular destinations within Malaysia. Though the island is recognised as one of the most beautiful islands in the world; you will never feel you're visiting a crowded tourist overrun island. Visit Langkawi for wonderful jungle, fantastic sightseeing and beautiful beaches. There is an abundance of accommodation available for every type of traveler, ranging from basic B&B's to luxurious 5-star resorts.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Lang Tengah Island

Lang Tengah Island is located between the two very popular tropical islands Perhentian and Redang northeast of the Peninsular Malaysia. Compared to Perhentian and Redang it is a small island, people mainly visit the island to dive and snorkel (and relax at the beautiful secluded beaches). There are no roads on the island (except for a few jungle paths); the only way to get around is by boat. Most tourists stay at their resort, besides the daily snorkeling and diving trips you can do some light hiking or kayaking. Meals are enjoyed at the resort. Lang Tengah is quieter compared to the neighboring islands, less tourists visit the island which means it has a more secluded feel to it.

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Diving at Lang Tengah

Map Lang Tengah Island

There are 12 dive sites around Lang Tengah Island. This means you can easily spend a few days at the island and visit most of the sites directly around the island. You can also visit some of the dive sites at Redang Island. Visibility is often great and there are almost no currents. Lang Tengah has quite a few nice beaches so non-divers will enjoy the island too. Besides diving you can also do some snorkeling around the island.

Lang Tengah Island  

Best time to visit Lang Tengah

The best time to visit Lang Tengah is between March and October. Between the end of October and the end of February there is a pretty fierce monsoon season that forces the resorts on the island to shut down (same goes for the other tropical islands in the area). The jetty is cancelled during these months.


Accommodation at Lang Tengah

Though Lang Tengah is a very small island, there are four resorts available to choose from. These are D'Coconut Lagoon Resort , Redang Lang Resort, Lang Sari Resort and the luxurious 5 star Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa .

If you want to stay at a nice place before or after visiting Lang Tengah, then you might want to consider the following two great 5 star resorts; Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and the Aryani Resort (both around Kuala Terengganu).


How to get to Lang Tengah Island

To travel to the island you will have to take the bus or airplane to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu (quickest way is via Kuala Terengganu). There are daily flights to both cities (operated by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia). The bus is by far the cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu; there are daily busses that depart from Puduraya bus station. From Kuala Terengganu, you can take a bus or taxi to Merang (a 45 minute drive to the north); where the ferry takes you to Lang Tengah in about 30 minutes. The taxi is the easiest but also the most expensive method of transport to Merang (around RM40 from Kuala Terengganu). Do not confuse Merang with Marang; the small coastal town south of Kuala Terengganu where the boat to Kapas Island departs.

Boat from Lang Tengah to Perhentian

Though it is possible to travel by boat to the popular neighboring island Perhentian, it is not a regular route and this means that prices are high and schedules may be irregular. Cheapest option is to take the boat back to Merang, a taxi to Kuala Besut and then a boat from there.


Location of Lang Tengah Island

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