Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small island), Malaysia

Kecil is the smallest of the Pulau Perhentian Islands, the most popular of the islands with backpackers, and one of the best backpacker beaches in Southeast Asia.


Long beach

Long beach is the normal boat drop-off point and has the biggest range of accommodation and facilities.

Lemon Grass Chalets
t: 012 900 5756
At the very southern end of Long Beach, set amongst the cliffs.  Lemon Grass offers new wooden shacks with baths.  Has views of the beach.

Matahari Chalets
t: 019 956 5756
In the middle of the beach.  A nice complex set back from the beach, but a little rough around the edges.  Has a range of accommodation including long house dorms, double rooms (RM20), small A frame chalets (RM45), ensuite chalets (RM55) and bungalows (RM65).  The restaurant is good.  There is a generator behind chalets C, D and E, which runs 7pm to 7am and you’ll need earplugs if staying in these. 

Moonlight Chalets
At the very northern end of Long Beach, right next to the jetty.  Accommodation includes beach hut and solid bungalows.  The bungalows are good high-end accommodation, with AC, hot water, nice furniture, fridge, balcony and sea views (RM100).  Towels are included.

Food and Drink

Most places to stay have restaurants offering the normal traveler food and good specials.  There are also a few cafes on the beaches.  Because of the extra transportation costs food and drink is higher than the mainland.  Dishes from RM8 and a beer costs RM10. 

Long beach

  • Meeting Point Cafe – A good selection of well prepared food.  In the middle of Long Beach.
  • Bubu – Excellent but pricey food (from RM20 per dish).  Part of a high-end hotel.

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