Just 170km north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, lies rugged and rural Kalpitiya. For most travellers, this remote sandbar would easily skip the radar in favour of Galle,
Travelling from Kuala Lumpur to the Perhentian Islands takes about the same effort as getting to Koh Lipe in Thailand. With some top tips, travelling there isn’t hard, but it takes about 5 hours and requires a few changes. Which is just enough time to escape the main tourist trail and enter the pristine beauty of Malaysia’s East peninsula.
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’s generally a large disparity between accommodation quality and the price you pay to be there.
The ultimate ‘how to’ guide for getting to one of Thailand’s best islands, Koh Phangan. It includes flight, train and bus options, as well as links to make bookings.
Fancy a trip to a tropical Thai island? I’ve rounded up some of the best islands for you to head to if you’re a newbie visiting Thailand.
Swim, bask, relax: repeat.