The main draw for travellers to the east coast are the glorious beaches and sun drenched coastline, much of which remains relatively undeveloped. It may not have the history and the multicultural elements offered in the west but it suggests a blend of relaxation and charm unsurpassed in many South East Asian destinations.
The coastline is dotted with laid back towns, fishing villages and resort islands and in many of these life remains relatively unchanged for the locals, with traditional customs still observed.
Accommodation ranges from the luxurious Tanjong Jara with its beachfront location to more boutique options, with more opening all the time on some of the off shore island retreats.
Diving off this coast can be excellent with whale sharks frequenting these waters at certain times of year. The Perhentian islands in the north are surrounded by untouched coral reefs and the Redang Island archipelago, located within a Marine Park offers a wealth of underwater wonders.
In the south is Tioman Island, famed as Bali Hai in the 1950's film South Pacific and in addition to fantastic beaches, diving and snorkelling it is home to the lovely boutique hotel of Japamala.
This coastline does have distinct seasons and the best time to visit is during our summer when the weather is dry, before the monsoons arrive from about November until March.