7 beautiful beaches in Malaysia

Sep 4, 2017

With almost 900 scattered islands, and a vast 5,000km coastline on both sides of the Malay Peninsula and along the coast of Borneo, Malaysia offers beach holiday destinations to suit every taste and budget. Here are Tourism Malaysia’s top picks of the best beaches across the country, from jungle-fringed coastline to romantic secluded coves.

1. Batu Feringghi Beach, George Town, Penang

If you need all your creature comforts, Batu Feringghi ticks the boxes. Not far from buzzing George Town on the island of Penang, it is home to big beachfront resorts, such as Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, and DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang.

It also has a generous stretch of pristine beach for pleasant strolls. Batu Feringghi is not too affected by the monsoon season, making it a great year-round beach destination. If you want to escape the crowds, travel further west to less developed areas like Monkey Beach in the north-east of Penang National Park. The secluded coves at Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Bungah, and Jerejak Island, just off the south-east coast are particularly tranquil.

Getting there: Catch a one-and-a-half-hour flight to Penang from Singapore, on Singapore Airlines’s regional wing, SilkAir.

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2. Tanjung Aru Beach, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Not many cities are fortunate enough to have a quality beach on their doorstep. Just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Tanjung Aru is popular among locals, who jog there in the early mornings and gather to watch the sunset in the evenings – good, friendly vibes abound. Views stretch across the shimmering South China Sea, to the nearby offshore Gaya Island group. Tanjung Aru Beach is only 1,500m long but with its generous low tides and shaded public areas, its northern end (where you’ll also find a golf course and sailing course) is a great spot for picnics. You can also enjoy kayaking, windsurfing and jet-skiing here.

Getting there: Catch a two-hour-10-minute flight to Sabah from Singapore, on Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, SilkAir.

3. Teluk Pandan, Bako National Park, Sarawak

Teeming with natural diversity, Bako National Park is home to lush jungles and glittering beaches. It’s not unusual to hear a greeting from proboscis monkeys, rustling high up in the trees that line the beach. Secluded Teluk Pandan is one of the most breathtaking beaches in the park, with its weathered sea stacks, jungle foreshore and panoramic lookout. While April to October is the best time to visit for clear weather, the monsoon season between November and March bring torrential rain, causing the waterfalls to gush and the streams to flow freely.

Getting there: Catch a one-and-a-half-hour flight to Kuching from Singapore, on Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, SilkAir.

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