With tropical beaches, ancient rainforests and exciting regional cuisine, it’s easy to fall head over heels for the islands of Malaysia. Beyond the unspoilt national parks and some of the finest diving locations in the world, the country is also home to a diversity of championship golf courses and a rich cultural heritage.
DIVE INTO NATURE
Less frequented by tourists, Malaysia’s eastern coast has become a refuge for those seeking out wildlife and nature. Explore the dense rainforests and quaint local villages or escape to the country’s utopian beaches. Come here for diving and snorkelling where you’ll encounter colourful creatures of the deep and if you’re lucky, witness turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
CULTURE & CITIES
From the colonial architecture of Penang, through to the sky rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a country that’s as diverse as it is beautiful. This multicultural country has influences of India, China and Indonesia flecked through it from delicious street food to the religious shrines and festivities.
Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor Laut are all found on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia and are home to some of the largest beach resorts and offer clear blue waters and silky soft sand. For a quiet beachside retreat, we suggest heading to Langkawi, Pangkor Laut or the more remote areas of the east coast such as Terengganu or Tioman Island.
WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF MALAYSIA
The best time to visit the west coast destinations of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor Laut is between December and March. Terengannu and the Tioman Islands over on the east coast enjoy the best weather between March and October.