There are hundreds of islands around Malaysia so it can get hard to make a decision on where to go for idyllic white sandy beaches and azure waters that rival the Maldives. Incidentally, Lang Tengah Island in the Northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia, has also been dubbed as the “Maldives of Southeast Asia”. With up to 3 metre-deep crystal clear waters and squeaky soft white sand, Lang Tengah Island can most definitely pass off as one of the atolls in Maldives.
Situated in between the more popular islands of Redang and Perhentian Islands, Lang Tengah is relatively smaller and offers a more relaxed vibe. There are no roads and no vehicles on this tiny slice of paradise and you can only get around the island by foot through the tropical jungle or by boat.
LANG TENGAH ISLAND
Due to limitations in its size, Lang Tengah Island is mainly untouched and offers only 4 resorts around the island. This has its advantages as over the years, the island has been mainly untouched and mass tourism has never been an issue due to the lack of accommodation around.
Its narrow stretch of white sandy beaches are located at the north-eastern and south-western side of the island and are separated by a lush mountain that acts as the backbone of this tropical island.
You can explore the island by foot through the paths in the jungle to get from one resort to the other or take a boat around the island which takes just 10 minutes.
WHERE TO STAY IN LANG TENGAH
SUMMER BAY RESORT LANG TENGAH
For those seeking their creature comforts in the middle of the South China Sea, you’ll find it all here at Summer Bay Resort Lang Tengah. This vacation resort caters to solo travellers, honeymooners, families and groups alike. It is the only 4-star resort on the island and is set to be an international-class 5-star resort in the near future.
There are 8 types of rooms to choose from, depending on your needs and package options at Summer Bay Resort Lang Tengah.
Garden View Room
Garden View Rooms are located at the back of the resort with views of the garden and jungle. Each room is equipped with a double bed or two single beds, air-condition, flat screen LCD satellite TV, safe deposit box and coffee and tea making facilities. En-suite bathroom comes with a hot and cold shower and hairdryer. Room size is 20 m².
Superior Rooms is decently sized at 24m² and comes with two queen size beds, air-conditioning, flat-screen LCD satellite TV, safe deposit box and coffee & tea making facilities. Private bathroom includes a hot and cold shower and hairdryer.
Deluxe Pool View Room
Located on the upper floors, these pool view rooms are perfect for everyone. Choose from a single King Size Bed or a King Size + 2 Single Beds in a room. Each Deluxe Pool View Room comes with its own en-suite bathroom and standard amenities.
Deluxe Pool Family Room
Deluxe Pool Family Rooms are spacious and catered for families with children. All rooms come with 2 King Size Beds and 1 Single Bed. These rooms also have their own private balconies and en-suite bathrooms with standard amenities.
Deluxe Pool Access Room
Each Deluxe Pool Access Room offers its guests direct access from their balcony directly into the resort’s swimming pool. For couples, there is the standard King Size Bed with en-suite bathroom and for families, there is the option of choosing the rooms that come with one King Size Bed plus 2 Single Beds in the room.
Deluxe Pool View Elegant Room
For those needing more space, the Deluxe Pool View Elegant Room is just what you need. It comes with a King Size Bed, a 3-seater sofa, private balcony and standard amenities.
Deluxe Pool Executive Room
The newly renovated Luxury Deluxe Pool Access Executive Room is an elegant room with a large luxurious area adorned with classic decor. It is the ideal room for guests to rejuvenate both mind and soul. These rooms were designed to offer pool views while providing absolute comfort. Each room comes with a King Size Bed, a GINTELL massage chair and sofa plus all the basic amenities.
Done with enjoying the sun, working on the perfect tan and swimming with the marine life? Why not end it all with a dip in the swimming pool! Summer Bay Resort has the one and only standard Olympic-length swimming pool on the whole island.
The resort provides its guests with an in-house diving center that is fully equipped for all your scuba diving and snorkeling needs. This PADI dive center offers courses and dive trips for beginners, recreational and advanced divers. You are also able to rent the equipment from the center if needed.
Gather a group and head to the beach where you’ll find a proper beach volleyball court to play.
A fully stocked mini market is available on the premises. From sunscreen to ice-cream, you’ll find almost everything you need to buy in case you missed out on packing anything.
Fancy working out during your holidays? Summer Bay Resort offers fitness fanatics a gym with a view of the ocean.
After a long day of doing absolutely nothing, why not go a step further and get pampered with massages and facials at the in-house spa.
Sing your hearts out with private karaoke rooms that can be rented for the day and night.
Ideal for larger groups and private events, the meeting room at Summer Bay Resort can hold up to 50 people.
There is free Wifi connection around the resort, however the best connection is found at the reception area.
DeLang Buffet Restaurant
Eat all you can with a sumptuous buffet spread with a variety of dishes including a live cooking station for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The only Japanese restaurant on the whole island. This is where you come in the evenings for delicious BBQ and seafood.
Lie back on one of the cushy beanbags and sip on coffee or tea or even a cocktail while enjoying the scenic views of the turquoise waters during the day.
Local delicacies are served all day at this casual beach side dining venue.
Enjoy daily complimentary tea time with snacks, coffee and tea in the afternoons here. This is also where you can enjoy a steamboat/hotpot dinner.
Open only in the evenings, the bar is located on the first floor, giving you spectacular views of the orange sunset. Beers, cocktails and liquors are served here with a live band performing every weekend.
Besides lazing by the beach, Summer Bay Resort Lang Tengah offers a variety of daily activities that will definitely keep everyone busy.
The resort arranges complimentary snorkeling excursions around the island and to neighboring islands. With over 100 species of marine life, you’ll definitely have a great morning or day out in the sea. Rental of equipment is from MYR15 per stay. The house coral reef is a must see from above and below the sea. This moon-shaped coral reef is where you’ll see a variety of fish and even reef sharks during the morning.
If you’ve never scuba dived before, this is the best place to literally dip your toes in the water. The scuba center offers Discovery Scuba Dive for total newbies as well as regular shore and boat dives for the seasoned divers.
Snorkeling with Turtles
Ever wanted to swim with turtles? You can do so with the daily turtle snorkel session with a personal guide.
Summer Bay Resort offers kayaks and glass bottom kayaks for rent.
Blue Sand Walk
Every evening after dinner, when the weather permits, the resort staff will take you on a beach walk to discover the bio-luminescent blue sand waters which sparkle in the sea.
Be a model for the day and hire the in-house photographer to take gorgeous pictures of you and your loved ones during sunset by the beach. You can also rent drones here and even learn about underwater photography.
For more information about packages and hotel rates, head on directly to www.summerbayresort.com.my or click below to compare the best rates on Agoda.com.
HOW TO GET TO LANG TENGAH
There are several transportation options to get to Lang Tengah Island. The newly built Merang Jetty is where you will need to be to take a speedboat to the island. This jetty also serves Redang Island but do not get confused with Merang and Marang which is another town altogether.
Take the East Coast Expressway towards Kuala Terengganu and head towards Merang. There are private carparks available and resort-owned carparks around the jetty which will cost around MYR15 to MYR20 per day.
There are daily flights to Sultan Mahmud Airport (TGG), which is the closest airport to Lang Tengah Island in Kuala Terengganu. Malaysia Airlines flies out from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Air Asia flies out from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), Firefly and Malindo Air flies out from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) in Subang.
Summer Bay Resort provides transfer services between Sultan Mahmud Airport to Merang Jetty for those arriving before 9am. A taxi will cost approximately MYR35 to MYR40 from the airport to the jetty and the journey will take around 35 minutes.
The most economical option is to take a bus from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malacca, Johor and even Singapore directly to Kuala Terengganu to the destination. Estimated bus ride is 6-7 hours (450km) from Kuala Lumpur and will cost approximately MYR40+. Click here to find the best deals on bus tickets to Kuala Terengganu.
Multi-day tours that begin from Kuala Lumpur are a great way to explore Malaysia and the islands of Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Redang. Head on to www.viator.com for tour options which include stays at Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Cherating including all meals and hotels which will then end at the jetty to one of these islands.
Upon arrival at Merang Jetty, proceed to the Summer Bay Resort Lang Tengah counter. The resort owns and operates their own speedboat services which will take you directly to the resort and back to Merang Jetty. A one-way speedboat will take approximately 30-45 minutes depending on weather conditions. The schedule is as follows:
Depart Merang Jetty : 10:30am Daily
Depart Lang Tengah Island : 9:00am & 12:00pm Daily
You can also rent a private speedboat at Merang Jetty to take you to the island outside of the scheduled hours.
IS THERE AN ATM ON LANG TENGAH ISLAND
There are no ATMs or banks on this small island. However, most of the resorts accept cash and credit cards. Summer Bay Resort accepts foreign currency as well such as Renminbi, American Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Euro, Pound, New Taiwan Dollar and Yen.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Like other islands along the coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Lang Tengah Island is exposed to the northeast monsoon every year between November to March. The best time to visit Lang Tengah Island is between April and August with June and July being the peak season. Temperatures are warm between 28℃-34℃.
The resorts on the island are shut down during the highest monsoon season from November to January with no tourists allowed to visit.
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