Often overlooked in favor of its hedonistic neighbors, Malaysia remains an unspoiled treasure of Southeast Asia. From elaborate temples in Georgetown to shopping in Selangor or sampling the great cuisine of Penang Island, Malaysia is full of wonderful experiences to be had. As most of the islands are accessible only by boat, a luxury yacht charter is the best way to visit the country.
Island hop through the magical Langkawi archipelago, 99 beautiful islands that are primarily inhabited by rare birds and beautiful mangrove trees. Drop anchor in one of the secluded bays, explore the water caves, and look out for whale sharks in the warm waters that surround the islands. If you’re feeling adventurous, the hiking found in these islands is truly breathtaking. Head ashore and spend the day exploring the thick forests before returning to your yacht for an evening cocktail. This region is also home to Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark, the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park in Langkawi, a lush forest bursting with mangroves on a striking rock formation.
Diving in Malaysia is fantastic. Your charter yacht will be the perfect place for you to travel to the hidden bays and secluded spots to dive in and experience the magical underwater world. The marine life here varies hugely, guests will be able to choose from seeing black tip sharks up close to muck diving among the coral reefs.
Explore deserted beaches edged with limestone cliffs, hidden caves, and clear warm waters. Berth in the fantastic modern marinas to head inland – hike to the top of Mount Kinabalu to watch the sunrise over Bornea, walk along treetop canopies watched by the bizarre faces of Proboscis Monkeys in the national park, or take in the view of the famous Petrona Towers lit up at night as you sip teh Tarik (a hot milk tea beverage). Want to relax? A holiday to Malaysia isn’t complete without experiencing some of the country’s world-renowned spas.
If you’re seeking a blend of relaxing and adventure, a luxury yacht charter in Malaysia will leave you with unforgettable moments and incredible memories.
Best Time To Visit: Malaysia is a year round destination – the West Coast is best from December – April and the East Coast is best from April – October.
Key Cruising Areas: The East Coast has many islands surrounded by turquoise waters, ideal for island hopping with the option to continue up to Thailand. The West coast has interesting cultural stops and the Andaman Sea offers some cruising options.
Don’t Miss: From dining in the iconic Petronas Towers, to cruising down the Sungai Kinabatangan river, Malaysia is filled with unique “must dos”. However, a private yacht charter wouldn’t be complete without island hopping around the 100 islands of Langkawi. Ride the famous cable car, visit the Bat Cave, snorkel in the famously clear waters or simply relax on an uninhabited beach.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur has every option for eating and drinking, from cosy casual cafes, to luxurious establishments at the top of skyscrapers. For Michelin-starred food with a stunning view from the 56th floor of the KLCC, take an evening table at Nobu and enjoy the creative fusion of Peruvian flavors with simple Asian dishes create outstanding dishes – be sure to try the toro tartare.
Best Local Dish: Malay cuisine has a distinctive flavor, full of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, wild ginger and turmeric. Traditional dishes include satay, rendang and coconut rice. For the best street food, head to the night markets at Kuah and pick up a Penang laksa.
Local Culture: Malaysia’s history has made it a truly multicultural city. The culture is therefore one of openness and diversity. The heritage trails around Ipoh or Meleka are great ways to explore and see historic buildings. Around KL, fascinating trails can be followed through places such as the Merdeka Square or the vibrant community of Brickfields.
Best Beach: The upmarket destination of Redang offers nine islands surrounded by crystal clear waters and kilometers of beach. Lima and Pinang islands are outstandingly beautiful, with sunrises worth getting up for.
IYC recommends: Spend some time inland hiking in the Cameron Highlands. The misty cool of the highlands is a welcome respite from the humid heat of the lowlands, and walking through the rolling hills cloaked in emerald tea fields, breathing in fresh mountain air is instantly restorative. Hire a guide and explore the trails, butterfly gardens and strawberry farms. Picnic beside waterfalls and enjoy tea at the plantations for unforgettable moments.
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