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East Coast Malaysia

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. Diving off this coast can be excellent with whale sharks frequenting these waters at certain times of the 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.

Experiences

Terrapuri

Step back in time at Terrapuri and stay in a restored villa with stunning views towards the Perhentian Islands and Redang.

Desaru Coast

Explore this little known coastline of sandy beaches and lush jungle interiors, just two hours from Singapore.

Diving

Head below water in a host of excellent dive sites along the east coast of Malaysia as well as the waters off Malaysian Borneo.

Climb Mount Kinabalu

For the fit, but novice mountaineer, climb Mount Kinabalu, which stands at 4,093 metres, and watch the sunrise from the summit.

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Kinabatangan River Safari

Spot proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and orangutans on a boat safari along the Kinabatangan River.

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Jungle Trekking

Rise early to the sound of the jungle at Borneo Rainforest Lodge – walk to their spectacular viewpoint, head to the treetop canopy walkway or go tubing on the river.

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Turtle Nesting

Stay at Tanjong Jara whose beach welcome turtles every year between April and September to lay their eggs.

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Orangutan Experience

Come face to face with Asia’s only great ape, the iconic orangutan, in the rainforests of Borneo.

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Eastern & Oriental Express

Board the iconic E&O train to journey between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Taman Negara National Park

Hike through world’s oldest rainforest or take to canopy walkways to spot some of the 380 bird species in Taman Negara.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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