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Runaway Photo of the week: Pulau Besar, Malaysia


Pulau Besar beach


#Location : Pulau Besar, Melaka, Malaysia.

Pulau Besar a small island that 5km away from Melaka, Malaysia. The reason why I liked to stay around Mekela was because it has many historic sites including an awesome museum. Though I loved hang out in the town, it was too touristy. So a little getaway would be a good idea. I was with Jenny, we met in Singapore and shared the worst hangover night together, and I tagged along with her plan for the day to Pulau Besar.

It is very easy to reach by a ferry boat. There are few resorts inside of this island. You can stay here for jungle walk and beach holiday for few days. Pulau Besar also has few historic area of WWII but the main reason for the visit is for beach. We were there for half a day.ย It’s a easy one day getaway from Melaka city central.


This photo is actually would be one of the scene from the movie ‘The Beach’. It’s number one recommended book for South East Asia traveler especially for Thailand. Clair, a friend I met in Jeju island told me about this book and that she has been there. I started read this book and this is probably what would the fishing group looks like, I thought. I will find out when I watch the movie. I haven’t seen it yet. It’s waiting for the right time to be watched.
Fishing men at Pulau Besar


Pulau Besar is easily reachable with a short jetty ride. About two hours.



Loved the white sand beach. Pulau Besar is famous for this white sand beach.

We bought these sarongs at a local market. This became my travel companion ever since. I bring it everywhere. It is a dress, a blanket, a scarf, a skirt, a beach towel and sometimes an actual towel. And you know, it’sย pretty!

White sand and sarongs


Can’t leave out the palm trees in a tropical island.

Palm trees in Pulau Besar


More photos from Pulau Besar is in Runaway Juno Flickr photo album.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Oh, I bought a sarong too in Australia years ago and it accompanies me on my trips ever since!

  2. Ciki says:

    Do you mean Melaka? LOL

    Love the sarong shot.. can we exchange? hehe

  3. Ceri says:

    My friend went travelling around South East Asia and he says that The Beach was the book that reminds him of his travels the most. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do love those photos. So gorgeous.

  4. Very nice. Pulau Besar means Big Beach – was it very big? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Babyberries says:

    Hi! I’m planning to go there end of this month and probably stay at one of the resorts for 2 days. Right now I’m not sure if I should bring along my kids tandem stroller. I don’t want to drag the stroller over there just to find out I can’t use it, what with the sand and all. Any thoughts?

    • Juno says:

      Hi, it’s quite a well built resort I think. It’s popular getaway place for locals. If you are staying at resort, I recommend you to call them and ask if you can rent one. I didn’t stay at resort so I don’t know about that but they will help you I hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Leslie says:

    This looks amazing! Take me there immediately, please ๐Ÿ™‚

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