The islands situated off the eastern cost of Malaysia are
certainly ideal spot for the beach lover. With shallow turquoise
waters and virgin beaches, these land masses have escaped spoilage
from the 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 presents
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. To no surprise, the islanders love to take care of their
inhabitants; 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 nestled amongst city high rises and lose
yourself in delicious sea-food, bustling markets, mosques and
squares. But don't be deceived by the concrete and traffic - these
towns might seem large in comparison to the idyllic island
counterparts, but they still manage exude the small-town essence of
Malaysia's rustic eastern domain.