Eastern Malaysia | Cultural Towns and Islands

Peninsula Malaysia's stunning east coast is a popular place to relax, cycle, soak up the sun, hop between tiny islands, and of course, try some diving and snorkelling. Here, crystal clear blue waters are dotted with vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life, a divers' paradise for beginners and professionals alike. Hundreds of dive sites with untouched coral reefs and sunken wrecks are nestled between the clusters of islands. Among the most popular east coast destinations are the Perhentian Islands, Tioman Island, Redang and vibrant Kuantan city.

A visit to Peninsula Malaysia's east coast is best planned for between April and October, when the weather is superb. Avid divers will appreciate the fine white sand and clear waters surrounding the Perhentian Islands. Tioman Island is dotted with laid-back fishing villages and covered in lush green jungle trails. Family-friendly Redang has an upmarket ambiance that will resonate with travellers seeking luxury and relaxation in an idyllic paradise. Cherating is a tropical paradise for backpackers, and Kuantan is the best of many worlds: a city vibe with great dining, unbeatable street food, and close proximity to fabulous beaches, waterfalls, and a turtle sanctuary. Kota Bharu is a cultural treat: witness traditional performing arts and browse local crafts.

You can access Malaysia's east coast by car or on the famed Jungle Railway in just a few hours. Flights from Kuala Lumpur and Penang to Khota Baru leave regularly. To discover more about this diverse region, contact Experience Travel Group: we would love to share our local knowledge and help you plan your tailor-made holiday in Malaysia.

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