Imagine a country that is positively buzzing with the spirit of change and innovation, where you can walk in the shadow of some of the largest buildings in the world, buy the latest fashions and enjoy some of the most exciting nightlife on the planet.
And now imagine a country where you can go completely “offline”, with nothing but the sun and wind to influence your activities for the day. You can sail with your charter yacht along pristine beaches, marvel at the lush green jungle and discover animals that you have never seen before.
These may sound like polar opposites, but both can be found in Malaysia.
Located above the equator in South East Asia, Malaysia is divided into two halves. Malaysia’s mainland comprises the southern half of the Peninsular Malaysia, bordering to the north with Thailand and in the south with Singapore. In the east, separated by the South China Sea, lie the islands of Sarawak and Saba, which also belong to Malaysia.
On Malaysia’s southwest coast is the Langkawi Archipelago in the Andaman Sea. Between the islands of the archipelago, you’ll find a sheltered anchorage no matter which direction the wind is blowing. The beaches and bays in the north are especially beautiful. Langkawi is a wonderful area for sailing and is full of little islands on which you can do many exciting things, for example taking a trip to a freshwater lake.
The nearby Butang Archipelago comprises 50 spectacular islands that are largely uninhabited and are covered with rainforests. Belonging to neighbouring Thailand, the islands are part of the Tarutao National Park and offer a fantastic underwater coral landscape for divers and snorkelers to explore.
Tioman is one of the most popular of the 60 volcanic islands in the east of the peninsular Malaysia. Compared with other tropical destinations, the island is an untouched paradise and only a very limited degree of progress is allowed. In addition to fabulous beaches, as part of the Pahang Marine Park, Tioman is also home to unspoiled coral reefs teeming with colourful fish and other marine animals.
Tioman is the first of numerous inhabited and uninhabited islands in the east of Malaysia. Sailors will find fantastic conditions here as well as plenty of securely anchored moorings.