Recommendations for lively, beautiful beach area in January
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 11:00 AM Last Post By: killanigia
Jan 15, 2013 11:00 AM
Recommendations for lively, beautiful beach area in JanuaryHi,
Planning a honeymoon at present for next Christmas / early January period. Hoping to head to Burma first and then interested in white sand, nice beach for a few days chilling in Malaysia or possibly another SE Asia country but not an uber-expensive resort.
My preference was Perhentian Islands but this isn't the right season for there. Thought Langkawi then but hotels seem to be very bad value for money at that time of year, por reviews generally and the island seems to be too tame .
I'd welcome general recommendations - I have already been to Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore so interested in trying somewhere new.
Thanks in advance.
Jan 15, 2013 1:05 PM
1Thailand would be the obvious solution at this time of the year. Otherwise you can also go to Malaysia to the islands off Semporna (Sabah, Malaysia), but it's very expensive. The beaches are beautiful however:
Pom Pom, Mataking and a few other places have resorts.
Jan 15, 2013 8:21 PM
Jan 15, 2013 8:31 PM
3Thailand have many beautiful beaches and Island like Samui, Samed and Phaghan in the south of TH but if you are interested in going to Malaysia. Langkawi has nice beach, there are some hotels with private beach so you can enjoy calmer atmosphere but you are right, those hotels will be quite pricey like The Danna and The Datai...they are quite famous for honeymoon package.
If Thailand then I suggest Samui, Kirirayan is very beautiful resort by Chaweng Beach. The price is about USD170++ a night but I think it's worth staying if you like lively area with good seafood. Personally, I like W retreat...it is such a gorgeous resort (one of the best in my opinion) but it might be too expensive because it can cost about 800++ in low season. You can look at their website, you might like it.
Jan 15, 2013 11:02 PM
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Jan 15, 2013 11:52 PM
6If yout interested in somewhere new, how about Philippines? hundreds of beaches to choose from..
Jan 16, 2013 10:50 AM
I've never been there, but somehow I get the impression that it is not easy to travel around in the Philippines, or let's say, not as easy as travelling around Malaysia.
Then I also hear that the food in the Philippines is not as good as in Malaysia.
Jan 16, 2013 10:52 AM
8Thanks all for the contributions. Just a few follow up comments / questions:
- Langkawi - High end resorts such as Danna, Datai look great but are way over our budget, I checked on Booking and we are talking 400 euros plus per night.
- Pangkor - read mixed reports on it, not sure it would be worth the effort relative to experience.
- Thailand, I have already been to Samui / Chaweng which I wasn't hugely impressed by at the time. I also went to Krabi / Phi Phi (pre-Tsunami) which I enjoyed a lot more but I know it has changed for the worse since. But I would definitely be interested in other thoughts there - anywhere with a Perhentian type feel to it?
- Philippines - yes, considered it but it is a fair trek from Burma and I'm assuming connectivity from Yangon is pretty limited / non-existent (at least 2 flights). Plus my girlfriend has been to Boracay and Coron already which she loved.
Any other thoughts y'all?
Jan 16, 2013 8:32 PM
9Changi beach in Langkawi is decent, but there's a bit of a jelly fish problem in the water. If your hotel has a pool, no worries. And the Duty Free smooths it all out!
Jan 18, 2013 8:15 PM
10How about Bali? Sanur beach is quite pretty or Ubud which is traditional village city of Indonesia. It is calmer city and more private but if you are looking for beachfront hotel, it might be very expensive as well. Legian and Kuta are very crowded because it is like party beach type but they have many hotels which are cheaper but it will be hotel not villa.
You can also check out Cebu or Boracay in Philippines, beautiful beach not too expensive and white sand. You can go diving and enjoy sunset. But I got to say that in December and January period are the highest season for resort or beach area so room rate will probably more expensive than usual. You can book early bird, that might help you get cheaper rates.
Jan 19, 2013 1:37 AM
11The beach in Sanur is not good although Sanur is a nice place.
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