overview

Malaysia is one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in southeast Asia. It's buoyant and wealthy, and has moved towards a pluralist culture based on a vibrant and interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs.

Most visitors to Malaysia stick to the insane headlong rush of Kuala Lumpur, the colonially soothing Cameron Highlands Hill Station or the hedonistic torpor of Langkawi. However, East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, offers spectacular wildlife, longhouses and the awe-inspiring Mt Kinabalu.

Climate

Malaysia is hot and humid all year. Temperatures are usually between 20-30°C (68-86°F); humidity is usually 90%. The region has a monsoonal climate, but only the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia has a real rainy season. The wettest season on the west coast of the peninsula is between September and December; on the east coast and in Sabah and Sarawak it's between October and February. Rain, when it comes, generally interrupts the sunshine only briefly; most of it falls in short, strong bursts.

Anchorages in Malaysia

Langkawi - Kedah

Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands with beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

Beautiful scenery, great adventures and an international airport make Langkawi a great place for a holiday.

Tioman Island - Pahang

About 56km off the coast of Pahang lies Tioman Island, an alluring holiday paradise in the South China Sea.

This oceanic atoll is situated in the South China Sea about 300km north-west of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah.

Layang Layang - Sabah

Layang Layang, meaning kite, is fast becoming another one of Malaysia's premier dive destinations after the world-famous Sipadan Island.

Beautiful scenery, great adventures and an international airport make Langkawi a great place for a holiday.