For over 30 years, tourists have been visiting the Perhentian Islands for a piece of its paradise. Unlike other islands off the Malaysian Peninsula, it has resisted the erection of flash hotels and maintained its local feel. Whilst this is a part of its attraction, there is generally a large disparity between the quality of the accommodation and price you pay to be there. Whilst value for money can be sought (just about) for the most part, hotels on the islands are overpriced and you won’t find me parting with my hard-earned teacher cash to be there. So read on if you want those recommended stays!
The beaches of the Perhentian Islands are a mermaid’s paradise. Lined with fine white sand as far as the eye can see and coral just a few steps into the water,
Far away from city bustle and car fumes are two coral-fringed islands that offers the best snorkelling and diving opportunities off the coast of peninsular Malaysia. There are few places on the world that inspire me, fill me from head-to-toe in zen vibes and make me fall in love with the world again. But these islands have pulled it out of the bag for the second time now.
Kuala Lumpur has long been a popular destination for savvy expats, but only recently has Malaysia started charting as one of the best places to live in the world. Just last year, in a comprehensive survey by Internations, it jumped 23 places to rank 15th worldwide for providing the best expat experience. From friendly and welcoming locals, to high-quality condos, top-notch travel opportunities and a comfortable lifestyle, KL offers more westernised standards at Asian prices.
As I write this post, I’m still amazed that I’ve been living in Kuala Lumpur for a year and a half already. It’s been hard to keep me in one place for longer than 12 months since I left London in 2011, but so far KL is keeping my expat/posh gypsy feet very firmly on the ground.
Culture, cuisine, clan houses and charm. This cocktail is modern George Town, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits proudly in the Pearl of the Orient.