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Seaside in Malaysia: when to go and the 10 hottest beaches beautiful

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Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and offers modern cities interspersed with colonial cities, for a journey that will take you to know a peaceful and sunny culture. Made up of over 900 islands, Malaysia is definitely there ideal destination for those seeking relaxation on the beach. But which beach to choose among so many proposals? Here it is for you the 10 most beautiful beaches in Malaysia.

Index

  1. Penang beach
  2. Sipadan beach
  3. Gaya beach
  4. Langkawi beach
  5. Mabul beach
  6. Redang Beach
  7. Pangkor beach
  8. Tioman Beach
  9. Lang Tengah Beach
  10. Sibu beach
  11. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  12. Plan your trip: interactive map + info on flights, hotels and tours
  13. User questions and comments

1 - Penang Beach

Penang Island is known as the Pearl of the Orient and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although it offers a wonderful and crystalline sea, it is known more for its cultural peculiarities. Don't miss out on visiting Georgetown, its capital, to admire the English farmhouses that alternate with Buddhist times in a truly exceptional mix of colors and scents.



  • Where it is: west in the Strait of Malacca, further north from Kuala Lumpur - Get directions
  • Ideal for: cultural visits
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -

2 - Sipadan beach

The island of Spidan is of volcanic origin and is counted among the wonders of the underwater world. Here you can dive and see parrotfish, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, barracudas and countless small species.



  • Where it is: to the east, in the Celebes Sea. It has a maximum number of daily visitors and to dive you need to apply for a diving permit - Get directions
  • Ideal for: diving
  • Type: volcanic sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Semporna (14 km from Sipadan) from € 38,00 per room -

3 - Gaya beach

The island of Gaya is the least known by mass tourism but the most loved by those who love eco-tourism. It is a coral formation with golden and pink beaches which will allow you to visit a Unesco heritage: the Kinabalu natural park with the homonymous mountain, the highest in Southeast Asia.

  • Where it is: north west of the island of Borneo - Get directions
  • Ideal for: eco-tourism
  • Type: coral sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and resorts starting from € 250,00 per room -

4 - Langkawi Beach

On the island of Langkawi you can go to the discovery of Kilim park thanks to numerous organized boat tours. You will pass through the mangrove forests to discover a wild and unspoiled nature. You can take the funicular and climb up to Mount Mato. And if you are not afraid of heights, do not miss the Sky Bridge, the suspension bridge that will allow you to enjoy a unique panorama.


  • Where it is: Northwest in the Strait of Malacca, on the border with Thailand - Get directions
  • Ideal for: discovery of nature
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 42,00 per room -

5 - Mabul beach

The island of Mabul has coasts full of houses on stilts: they are the homes of the last marine nomads, the Bajau Laut: chatting with them will only enrich your trip. Bathing in its crystal clear sea will allow you to see seahorses and water snakes.


  • Where it is: to the east, in the Celebes Sea, not far from the island of Sipadan - Get directions
  • Ideal for: snorkeling
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Semporna (14 km from Sipadan) from € 38,00 per room -

6 - Redang Beach

Redang Island is part of a declared archipelago protected marine park, home to tropical fish and turtles. This means that if you want to dive, you will need a permit. On the other hand, you can enjoy absolute relaxation on the Long Beach Sand Crescent.

  • Where it is: north east of the main peninsula - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: white / pink sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -

7 - Pangkor beach

The island of Pangkor was once the refuge of Malaysian pirates. Today completely safe, it still contains the charm of the fishing villages. You cannot miss a visit to Pangkor Town to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of the island.


  • Where it is: Northwest of the main peninsula, at Sungai Manjung - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 23,00 per room -

8 - Tioman Beach

Tioman Island is ideal for those who love to relax on the beach but at the same time do not want to run the risk of getting bored. Here you can go diving in search of sea gorgonians and Napoleon fish, but also climb on granite formations that characterize the territory. And maybe meet the dragon princess who, according to legend, rests on the island.


  • Where it is: East in the South China Sea - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and climbing
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

9 - Lang Tengah Beach

The island of Lang Rengah is almost uninhabited and is therefore ideal for those who want to dedicate themselves to complete relaxation, but also for novice divers, who want to make wonderful dives in total safety.

  • Where it is: north east of the main peninsula, in the Terengganu Sea - Get directions
  • Ideal for: novice divers
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 76,00 per room -

10 - Sibu beach

The island of Sibu has a wild aspect that is divided into a thick tropical vegetation, in kilometers of beaches and caves carved into the rock. During your visit, you can walk through the jungle to discover the marshes, discover anchovy fishing at the dock and learn about the process of smoking of coconuts in local villages.

  • Where it is: east of the main peninsula - Get directions
  • Ideal for: nature and culture
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 34,00 per room -

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: Malaysia has an equatorial climate, therefore warm all year round, with minimal seasonal variations and precipitation always present. The rains, practically daily, make the Malaysian climate particularly sultry. Temperatures range from a minimum of 22 ° C to a maximum of 32 ° C.
  • Best time: from June to August the days of rain and the grip of the heat are reduced.
  • Period to avoid: from November to February the rains intensify making visits more difficult.

Plan your trip: interactive map + info on flights, hotels and tours

Malaysia has a very high security rate: the population is sunny and it is common to speak English. You will have no problems finding your way around and asking for directions, also because tourists are always well liked.
Kuala Lumpur Airport connects Malaysia to Europe and at the same time the main peninsula with the small archipelagos scattered in the sea of ​​Southeast Asia.

  • starting from € 473,26 -
  • Hotels and b & b in Kuala Lumpur from € 43,00 per room -
  • Recommended cards, tours and tickets: Klias: River, Wildlife and Nasic Cruise Malacca: Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur Twin Islands: Snorkeling Day Trip to Sapi and Manukan Island
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