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Tips for visiting Perhentian Islands in Malaysia

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Perhentian Islands is a beautiful island in Malaysia. It might not be easy to reach to Perhentian islands like other islands of Malaysia like Langkawi, it’s an absolute paradise! Perhentian Islands are not only beautiful, but it also offers so many things to do, you also won’t want to leave once you are on this island! But, Perhentian islands are not yet another typical tourist destination for you. This island is so remote, it lacks several modern facilities. From choosing a good hotel in Perhentian to manage your money, you should know certain things to better plan your trip. Here goes a list of tips before visiting the Perhentian islands in Malaysia.

  1. Buy as many dry foods as possible from Kuala Besut. Foods are expensive in the Perhentian Islands.
  2. There is no ATM booth in the Perhentian Islands. Bring enough cash with you.
  3. Talking about cash – Perhentian Islands is a paradise for scuba diving. So, you might want to do it again and again.
  4. Bring mosquito repellents with you, there are plenty of mosquitos in the islands.
  5. You might not be able to use the internet – WiFi is weak here. Let your friends and relatives know about it beforehand.
  6. The electricity is limited. It might not be a bad idea to bring a Kindle with you to read at night.
  7. While returning from the Perhentian Islands, inform your hotel or tour operator a day earlier so they can book your return arrangement.
  8. If you are bringing your family and want to enjoy the quietness, stay in Besar.
  9. If possible, travel light and don’t bring a suitcase. Also, wear shorts with slippers. When the boat will drop you off the island, you might need to walk in the water for 2 minutes.
  10. There is no hospital on the island. If you have a physical condition, make sure that you will be fine without emergency medical attention. You can bring basic first aid boxes with you in case you suffer minor injuries.

Were these tips for visiting Perhentian Islands in Malaysia helpful for you? Did I miss anything useful? Feel free to put them in your comments.

And, enjoy your time in Perhentian islands!

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Fuad Omar

Fuad loves to travel! A lot! Carrying a Bangladeshi passport means he needs a prior visa for visiting most of the countries. He got detained in many borders because of his nationality but; he didn’t give up - he set his foot to 40 countries. He believes, if he could travel the world despite all the odds, you can, too. Fuad is a Computer Engineer by profession, and author of a travelogue in Bangla. He currently lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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