Malaysia, Kapas Island – Hidden Treasure
A quiet island with white beaches, turquoise sea and an unspoiled underwater world is the dream of each of us. Have you ever heard of this little paradise? Thanks to the white beaches, the island was named Pulau Kapas or "Cotton Island". (Kapas means "cotton" in Malay, Pulau "island").
If you like night life, I will disappoint you. This is a very quiet island, where you will find a few restaurants and beach bars. The main attraction of the island is the azure blue sea, the long sandy beaches, the rich underwater world. It's a real paradise on earth that has the special power to keep you on the island longer than you planned. The island is closed during the monsoon season from November to the end of February. The best time to visit is from April to August. Kapas is located 6 km from Marang City, on the east coast of Malaysia in Terengganu Province. The island is about 20 minutes away from the mainland and can only be reached by boat. The return ticket is approximately 160 to 220 CZK.
Don't expect any luxury, it's not an island with exclusive 5 star hotels or expensive restaurants. The resorts are very simple and modestly equipped. The average price per night in the cottage is around 650 CZK for a private room with air conditioning and shower. Backpackers can sleep either in a tent or in a shared room. You will not find accommodation on this island on any of the booking servers such as booking.com, agoda.com, etc. You have to arrange everything on the spot.
The island is also a renowned destination for snorkeling. However, there is only one dive center on the island, the Aqua Sport Divers. You can look forward to countless fishes of different kinds and colors, sea turtles and beautiful corals, when you are in the right place at the right time, you will see small sharks. For boat wreck enthusiasts there is a Japanese ship wreck from World War II.
What else to do except to rest? If you have enough "nothing to do", put together a bunch of people and compete in beach volleyball. You can also go to the other side of the island through the jungle or take a day trip to nearby Gem Island.
There is no ATM on the island and be sure to pack a repellent and headlamp. So what are you waiting for? Your next stop can be just this little island, which is still without mass tourism.
GPS: 5°13'09.2"N 103°15'54.2"E
Text and photos: Andrea Meluzínová
Our last day in Malaysia has come. We don't want to go too far from Kuala Lumpur and we also enjoyed the beaches a lot, so we will visit the city of Putrajaya. It has served as a federal territory since 2001 and is the planned capital and administrative center of Malaysia. The seat of government moved here as early as 1999 due to the congestion of the existing capital Kuala Lumpur. However, the king, parliament and embassies are still based here.
In Kota Kinabalu we can recommend October Coffee House. It's a stylish café with great coffee. If you need to connect to the internet and send some photos or mails home, you will be happy. It does not run too fast, but you can shorten your wait by eating delicious cakes. Connecting to the world is no problem here ...
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After visiting North Sumatra we return to Malaysia, but this time not back to Kuala Lumpur, but heading north. We fly to the northwest coast of Malaysia, to the state of Penang (also Pinang), which consists of the main island with the capital George Town, the mainland (Seberang Perai) and other smaller islands.
From Penang harbor we set off with a small ferry to the very popular and popular tourist resort - the island of Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi). It takes about three hours to get there, and it is definitely a good idea to take something warmer, because the ferry is extremely cold due to extreme air conditioning. Outside the closed part of the ship, unfortunately, there is not much room for comfortable long journey. The island can also be transported by air, such as from Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
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Our stay on the beautiful Malaysian island of Langkawi is nearing the end and the last trip is ahead. Today we set out on the most famous icon of the island, the Sky Bridge. The bridge is less than 20 kilometers by car from Pantai Cenang.
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Our second day in the Cameron Highlands we again take a trip to the tea plantations. We take a taxi and go from Tanah Rata through the city of Brinchang to about 10 km distant Kea Farm, where roses are grown.
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