Redang in the off-season


Pasir Panjang with Pulau Lima in the background (C) Lrong Lim

Was at Redang for the first time last month. Had been avoiding Redang in preference for that little paradise, Lang Tengah. The crowds had not arrived yet, so Pasir Panjang was really quiet.

Heard from the hotel staff that during the peak season, about 2000 visitors throng the beach. Stayed at the Laguna Redang. New solid buildings, lots of wood fixtures, good and plentiful food, friendly staff, and a magnificent view of the sea from the restaurant.

But I wished the staff could do away with the fake ‘Malalaysian’ way of salutation each time we walked up the stairs towards the restaurant. Has anyone actually seen any Malaysian greeting someone by putting the palms on the chest?

Walked the whole stretch of Pasir Panjang and it made us glad that we chose Laguna. Most, if not all of the other resorts seemed shabby: some not so; some really crappy.

We have read many a time that Redang offers the best of diving on the east coast although some may claim Tenggol is the one.

Our four days there was spent mostly scuba diving, and we had the services of the dive masters all to ourselves.

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2 thoughts on “Redang in the off-season

  1. hi, I was in Redang too late March. It was also not in peak season, very calm and quiet. Nope, I didn’t notice the palm on chest thing. What does it mean?Btw, I was staying besides Laguna, Redang resort. Quite ok but I envy Laguna. At least laguna has a swimming pool (though I have no idea why I need it when the ocean is in front of the eyes).It was a great holiday but I still prefer Perhentian. Hey, is Lang Tengah good? My next island trip will be LT.

  2. Hi. The palm-on-the-chest thingy was proposed by some politician to show that Malaysia also has her very own way of salutation, as per the Japanese bow, the Thai clasped hands, the matsalleh handshake, etc… think this proposal will die a natural death evetually. Laguna is good, and the pool is very good, complete with a bubble spa. A dip in the ‘warm’ pool after returning from the sea is heavenly. Perhentian is lovely too. I hope Perhentian will not be developed as Redang was. We had been to Lang Tengah thrice. Stayed at the Blue Coral Island Resort (BCIR). The folks there are very very friendly. On our third trip there, we got trapped because of a storm. The manager treated us super well, offering us accomodation and food at no cost, plus a partial refund of the air ticket. How kind. There will be a fourth visit for us. The good thing about BCIR is the house reef. You can snorkel anytime you want. Besides, they provide free snorkeling trips daily. See this page for some pictures…http://www.angelfire.com/stars3/lrong/index.html

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