Regional Malay Peninsula

From Highlands to Islands

To the east, to the west and on the mainland, glorious beaches abound on the Malay Peninsula. Island clusters on the west coast include Pangkor, largely inhabited by fisher folk and welcoming you with golden beaches, great scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkelling. Just a stone’s throw away is Pangkor Laut, an exotic and privately owned island with a luxury resort surrounded by unspoilt ancient rainforest and sublime bays.

Off the east coast of the peninsula lie Tioman and Redang islands. Redang is renowned for its alluring beauty, some of the peninsula’s best diving and snorkelling, and great opportunities for jungle trekking and canoeing.

Further south, volcanic Tioman Island, with its dragon-like appearance and related mythology, has steep slopes of lush, green vegetation, vibrant, tropical flowers, stunning waterfalls and pristine white sandy beaches lined with seashells. Offering a traditional village atmosphere, Cherating Beach on the mainland serves as the perfect antidote to frantic city life.

In the state of Perak, north of Kuala Lumpur, journey up to 1800 metres above sea level to the lush Cameron Highlands. The most popular hill station in the country still retains much of its original English village charm. Stop at the Iskandar Waterfalls en route and enjoy an opportunity to visit the Orang Asli (indigenous Malaysians).

Insiders' Tips

  1. Relax on Pangkor Laut Island, with pristine beaches and secluded bays.
  2. Soak in Tioman’s waterfalls. To visit the Mukut Falls you will need to take a short ride in a water taxi.
  3. Visit the Cameron Highlands and spend some time exploring the green hills of this lush area, home to ancient forests and rich tea plantations.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Malay Peninsula chapter in our online Malaysia, Singapore & The Philippines brochure. Click here.

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