Malaysia's east coast is a stark contrast to the densely populated cities to the west. Visitors are drawn here for the more sedate lifestyle, as well as a stronger taste of traditional Malay culture, found in relaxed villages and towns dotting the coast line. East Coast Malaysia holidays are all about rural and rustic. The islands situated off the eastern cost of Malaysia are certainly an ideal spot for the beach lover.
With shallow turquoise waters and virgin beaches, these land masses have escaped being spoiled by imposing hotel chains and resorts. Visitors can enjoy the feeling of a true hideaway and stay in one of the boutique hotels hidden in the wilderness, whilst exploring jungles, waterfalls and snorkelling in the beautiful shallow waters. Tioman is the largest island off the east coast and offers some of the best diving spots in Malaysia. With a huge variety of marine life as well as wildlife, it's the norm to spot monkeys, snakes and lizards as you trek the island footpaths into the jungle. The Juara Turtle Project is based on the south eastern part of Tioman, which works to preserve the natural life on and around this incredible island. Back on the mainland, head to Kota Bharu or Kuala Terengganu for an east coast city experience, where you can spot the old kampong-style houses in among city high rises and lose yourself in delicious seafood, bustling markets, mosques and squares.
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The refurbishment of the Datai has been remarkable - no expense has been spared. In particular the Beach Villas were extremely spacious & luxurious. The staff were very friendly & well trained & the 4 restaurants all were very good. Overall we had an extremely enjoyable & relaxing holiday