Best Beaches in Malaysia

October 26, 2012 by

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Cherating Beach

Cherating Beach. Photo courtesy of dandeliondeee via Flickr.

Most travelers to Malaysia are seeking at least a little bit of fun in the sun. The following are a few suggestions for some of the best beaches in Malaysia:

Mellow Miri

Miri has been a bustling economic hub since oil was discovered there in the early 20th century. Today, it is part of a regional economic explosion in Malaysia. Since being designated a city in 2005, it has invested a considerable amount in local tourism. Many people stop in Miri on their way to Gunung Mulu National Park, itself a worthy destination (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The spot you’ll want to check out is Esplanade Beach, a popular beach at Luak Bay. If it’s sunbathing and relaxation you’re after, you won’t be disappointed.

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Surfing Malaysia’s East Coast

The swells in Indonesia to the south are justifiably world famous, but the breaks around Cherating and off eastern Tioman are perfectly respectable. They may not be home to any big wave contests anytime soon, but the 5-6 foot waves should do the trick for visitors to the area who are looking for a good place to hit the surf.

Spectacular Sebah

If you’re traveling to the State of Sabah, chances are it’s sun, surf and sand that you’re after. If you’re looking for something that’s a little less crowded than the most popular stretches of sand, Kelambu Beach is a good place to start. Less crowded than other destinations, Kelambu nonetheless offers ready access to speedboating, waterskiing, swimming and snorkeling, crystal clear waters, and a white sand beach that is a perfect spot for family picnics.

- John Reality

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