|Travelling: Resorts in Malaysia|
Resorts in Malaysia
There are plenty of resorts in Malaysia where you can go to get away from Singapore for a couple of days. These include small islands, beaches or even hill resorts. You can drive to most of these places, although it may be wiser to book with a travel agent if you are inexperienced in these parts. Generally the best time to visit the beach resorts is between February and October, as the year-end months bring with it monsoon rains and winds.
The nearest beach resort to Singapore, Desaru is only about 45 minutes by ferry from the Changi Ferry Terminal, or about 90 minutes by car. It's a rather typical beach resort with typical facilities, but there is an 18-hole golf-course.
One of the most popular, crowded and commercialised island getaways off the Malaysian Eas Coast. It's located about 45 minutes from Mersing by hydrofoil, or you can take the high-speed ferry from Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (about 4 hours). You can even fly there as there is an airport on the island. Tioman has nice beaches, chalets, and more expensive hotel resorts. The clear water also makes Tioman ideal for snorkelling and diving.
Better known as a jumping-off point to the half dozen or so islands near it, Mersing is a small fishing town that provides quiet getaways and kelong (houses that sit on stilts over the sea) type chalets.
Islands off Mersing
Pulau Sibu - If you're looking for an island holiday with good facilities, this is the best bet after Tioman. Quite popular with divers. Check out the Sea Gypsy Village website for more information.
Pulau Rawa - A small island with 2 places to stay - Rawa Safaris and Rawa Holidays.
Pulau Tinggi - Supposedly better for fishing than for diving, there is even a five-star resort on this island.
Pulau Besar - Again, this island is noted for its fishing. However, there are other activities like snorkelling, kayaking and jungle-trekking. For some pictures and more information, you may want to look at this website.
Pulau Aur - Takes about 4 hours by boat from Mersing. Popular island with many dive shops and groups in Singapore.
Langkawi is a group of 90 plus islands situated near the northern tip on Malaysia, and is probably best accessed by air from Singapore. Famous for its luxurious resorts and beautiful beaches, Langkawi is more a place where you go to relax by the pool or suntan on the beach, while at the same time have all the modern amenities near you.
Terengganu is fast gaining a reputation with holiday-makers, snorkellers and divers alike, with its white beaches and clean, clear water. You can also watch turtles laying eggs on the beach at night if you're into that kind of thing.
Located about 45 minutes' drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands (1700 m above sea level) is a popular destination with Singaporeans, largely for its casino and cool weather. There is family entertainment as well, in the form of a theme park and amusement facilities. The drive up and down the winding hill roads can be tricky, so many people prefer to take a coach or cable car.
This is more of a family holiday destination, with vegetable and strawberry farms, chatteau-type resorts, an 18-hole golf course and plush greenery.
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