Malaysia is a stunning country that has been truly blessed by Mother Nature. Filled with majestic mountains, impressive coastlines, emerald waters and pristine beaches that rival the hidden gems of neighboring countries. Take a breather from your busy city life and make some time for yourself because all work and no play makes for dull days. The best part is that your dream beach destinations are a hop, skip and jump away. Just imagine relaxing amidst gently swaying palm trees, lush greenery, incredible surfing spots, mesmerizing underwater life and some of the best diving sites in Asia. These picturesque Malaysian islands are close to being heaven on earth. It’s your perfect answer if you are pursuing moments of freedom and leisure away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
If you love the sun, sea and sand,
There are a four island paradises that you should see.
Beach lovers, come to Malaysia if you want stunning sceneries,
And a good dose of Vitamin SEA.
If you are seeking a peaceful atmosphere then escape to the scenic Pangkor Island and explore stunning beaches like Coral Bay and Teluk Nipah. There are so many breathtaking must-see attractions like the Chinese Fu Lin Kong Temple, the Kali Amman Temple and the remnants of the Dutch fort that shelters the historic Tiger Rock and more. If you want some adventure, there is a myriad of fun water activities on the island like banana boating, jet skiing, jungle trekking and night swimming with glowing plankton. Pangkor Laut, a smaller island right next to Pangkor Island is home to one of the most luxurious resorts in all of Malaysia. It’s been reported that celebrities like Keira Knightley, Sting and Anna Friel are fans of the privately owned island.
Tioman Island, regarded by many as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, happens to be the scenic backdrop in the movie “South Pacific” in 1958. Most of the island has been commercially developed, but nevertheless much of its natural beauty and wildlife diversity is still well preserved. During your stay, you’ll get to see all sorts of wild inhabitants roaming free on the island including monitor lizards. Tioman Island is a divers and snorkelers paradise because it is surrounded by astoundingly beautiful coral reefs. You can also go on jungle trekking adventures, experience swimming under waterfalls, visit a turtle farm and immerse yourself in the local culture at the traditional village on Juara beach.
Langkawi is an archipelago that is made up of 99 Malaysian islands of the Andaman Sea and quite possibly Malaysia’s most famous beach destination. The largest island of them all, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is Langkawi Island. Here, you will experience a diverse beach landscape, majestic mountains, lush rainforests and mangrove wetlands. There is so much to see and do here like taking a cable car ride up to Mount Mat Cinchang and walking across the spectacular Sky Bridge to see the stunning views spanning across to Thailand.
Mount Raya, close to Mount Mat Cincang, is Langkawi’s highest peak. It features a resort hotel, restaurants and a remarkable lookout tower at its summit. There are more amazing attractions like the flourishing Laman Padi Rice Garden and the indoor aquarium at the Underwater World. At the Oriental Village, you can enjoy cultural shows, watch snake charmers and ride elephants.
Penang Island is known as the Pearl of the Orient for a reason; its vital location among the sea trade route. Penang is a vast and lively island that is shaped by its diverse culture, heritage and globally famous cuisine. Aside from a smorgasbord of delectable culinary experiences, there are plenty activities to try, ranging from horse riding on the beach, photographing snakes in the Snake Temple to cable car rides up to Penang Hill.
One of the best ways to see the island is to take a leisurely stroll or ride a rickshaw around historic Georgetown. The remarkable colonial buildings, majestic mansions, exquisite temples and impressive hotels will surely amaze you. One incredible hotel that is ideal for your stay while in Penang Island is the Holiday Inn Resort Penang. Click here for more details. It has everything you need, want and more in a beach resort. Everyone in the family will love it here because there is wide variety of activities for guests of all ages. If you are vacationing with your significant other alone, then there are special romantic offerings perfect for couples.
If you’d rather swap the sun for a holiday destination that’s more chilly and relaxing, read our article on cool destinations for you to escape the heat here: https://www.hpility.sg/2017/06/why-stay-in-the-heat-when-cooler-destinations-await