Backpacking Route Planner
I've set up two itineraries: One for the Eastern coast of Malay Peninsula and one for the Western coast of Malay Peninsula.
The reason is the monsoon weather which affects these two parts of the country differently.
It all depends on when you're going. The Eastern coast of Malaysia is affected by the heavy monsoon period between November and March.
While the west coast has its monsoon period between May to September. In other words, if you're planning on sunbathing on Penang or Pangkor Island during this period, you'll probably get disappointed.
Time: 3,5 weeks
One option is to take the night bus from KL, arrive early in Kuala Besut around 5 am, then take the earliest boat (7.30 am). Then you won't need to spend the night in this nothing-to-do town, but you do have to try to keep your eyes open for a couple of hours.
Another option is to take the bus from KL at 9.30 am (from Putra Bus Station) and hope that the bus catches the last boat at 5.30 pm.
In the high season, buses stop in Kuala Besut if there are enough people (which in many cases there are), or else the bus will drop you off at Jerteh.
If it drops you off at Jerteh, take a taxi (15 RM - 15 minutes) to the jetty in Kuala Besut.
If crossing the border from Southern Thailand and continuing to Singapore.
Time: 4 weeks
From border crossing Kuala Perlis
Penang (from Butterworth) Lumut (stop-over to Pangkor Island)
Pangkor Island Back to Lumut (stopover to Ipoh)
Ipoh (stopover to Cameron Highlands)
Cameron Highlands (Tanah Rata) Kuala Lumpur Melaka
Johor Bahru Singapore
With Tiger Line Travel, the ferries between Koh Lipe and Langkawi only travel in the high season; meaning from November to April. The ferry leaves Koh Lipe at 16.00 from No Pier.
Updated on Jan 14, 2013: The ferry from Penang to Medan, or vice versa, doesn't operate anymore.
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