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East Coast
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The East Coast of Malaysia has a wide selection of the finest beaches, including some of the least spoilt in southern Asia. The entire east coast is one big beach, backed by jungle. The region covers two-thirds of Peninsular Malaysia and comprises the states of Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang and Johor, and many of the islands such as Tioman and Rawa.

The Coast - Pahang

Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang. It is gaining popularity as a beach resort. The region is also well known for village festivals and for craft weaving pandanus leaves into hats, mats, and baskets. Batik and woodcarving are also traditional crafts here.

Telek Chempadek is located just 5 kilometres or 3 miles north of Kuantan. It is a famous beach resort with a host of water sports available such as windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing. It has a wide collection of restaurants along the beachfront.

7 kilometres or 4 miles north of Kuantan is Besarah, an attractive fishing village that is well known for its batik, shell craft, and crafts modeled from coconuts.

Asia’s first Club Mediterranée holiday village is located in Cherating. About 45 kilometres or 30 miles north of Kuantan, the beaches at Cherating are some of the finest on the east coast and a good place for windsurfing.

The Interior - Pahang

Go in search of Malaysia’s Loch Ness at Lake Chini. These mythological monsters are said to guard the entrance to a renowned sunken city.

Kenong Rimba Park in the valley of the Sungai Kenong, is a must see for adventure seekers. Activities include jungle trekking, cave explorations, fishing and rock climbing.

In the north is Malaysia’s largest national park called Taman Negara. Surrounded by one of the world’s oldest tropical forest that supposedly dates back 130 million years, the park has remained untouched. It is a favourite site for outdoor enthusiasts, especially bird watchers. The journey to the park involves train travel, road and a 3-hour boat ride. Accommodations are mostly modest and the more comfortable lodgings are limited.

Tioman Island

Tioman is just off the coast of Pahang in the South China Sea. This island is familiar to fans of the movie South Pacific, as it was here when the filmmakers found their mythical Bali Hai. The white sandy beaches and palm trees are still there. The fame though has come at a price with a rush of development. There are direct flights and express boats from the mainland.

It is the largest island on the east coast of Malaysia and amongst 64 volcanic islands. ABC, Salang and Juara are the 3 most famous resorts.

Tioman is known as one of the best sites in the country for snorkeling and scuba diving. The dense jungle interior is also renowned for trekking. The island trek from Telek to Juara is a popular trek with no special equipment needed.


Terengganu has 225 kilometres or 140 miles of white sandy beaches. All water sports and swimming are favourite activities.

Turtle-breeding beaches can be found at Rantau Abang. The Visitor Centre can arrange for guests to view giant turtles laying their eggs.

Perhentian Islands

The twin islands of Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil are considered to be the most beautiful in Malaysia by its people. They have peaceful white beaches and clear blue sea and are still comparatively unspoiled.

Strict local beliefs mean that alcohol sales and consumption is unusual. The islands are renowned for snorkeling, scuba diving and its easy access to reefs with good visibility.
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