What do you have in mind when you first hear about East Malaysia Holiday? Most people know KL better. This does not mean East Malaysia is something to miss. In fact, you will gain another knowledge and perspective. Give this east coast of Peninsular Malaysia a visit.
About East Malaysia
Do not be put off yet when you first hear these keywords that describe East Malaysia: the poorest and most culturally conservative. If you are into learning about other people’s cultures, your East Malaysia holiday will be a trip to remember.
First of all, East Malaysia consists of three regions: Kelantan, Pahang, and Terengganu. Kota Baru is the capital city of Kelantan, while Kuala Terengganu is obviously the capital one of Terengganu. Kuantan is the capital city of Kelantan.
Agriculture is the main economy factor of East Malaysia. What makes their culture conservative is the existence of sharia (Islamic law) in public. The majority of women there wear headscarves.
Since Friday is a special day for all Muslims, the weekends here start from Friday to Saturday. This means, all shops and banks are closed on Friday too. However, they are back in the usual business hours on Sunday.
The Greatest Views of East Malaysia
No worries, your East Malaysia holiday can still be fun. If you would like to go somewhere more laid-back, then the resort islands are for you. The gender segregation is not as strict as anywhere far from the resort islands. Here, you can enjoy the wonderful sandy beaches and abundant marine life.
Besides swimming and sunbathing, you can relax or go for a stroll. There are fishing communities and trading centres that you can explore. There are also lush inland jungles and small islands of Redang and Tioman. To visit these islands, you can fly directly from KL or Singapore.
As mentioned earlier, East Malaysia may not be on the top of most people’s lists when it comes to holiday. The best thing about that fact alone is the path less travelled. Imagine you are searching for a much quieter place, where you can have your holiday in peace.
The tropical beaches are beautiful, probably even more so than other beaches overpopulated by tourists during peak seasons. Almost unspoiled, you will feel more relaxed and at peace, as if you are far away from the civilisation.
The Climate and The People
So, when are the best times to visit and travel to East Malaysia? November and February are the coolest, with monsoon winds and heavy rains. The downside of these times is less outdoor activities. In fact, swimming and hanging out at the beaches are considered unsafe, since strong winds also mean high tides.
April to October is the best timeline, since it is still sunny but not too busy. Watch out for June to August, though, since it is definitely the holiday season. Almost every area will be jam-packed by many tourists.
People in East Malaysia speak Malay, but with a Kelantan dialect. You might have a bit of a trouble feeling familiar with it. Close to the northern border, some people speak a version of Thai.
According to travel bloggers who have visited East Malaysia, the people are gentle, genuine, and friendly. You get to learn more about the local cultures here, since they are also very helpful and more corteous. Ask them what you would like to know about their cultures. They would gladly be telling you more and helping you to adjust well.
So, in details, what else can you do on your East Malaysia holiday here?
There are three regions of East Malaysia that have their own beauties. Let’s check them out one by one:
Here are some of the things that you can do in Kelantan:
- The road trip to Kota Baru might take a while and be winding, especially in Gerik. Still, you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery, from the mountains, the lush green forest, and Temmengor Lake.
- Try the menus at Famous Yati Ayam Percik. There are Gulai Kawah (or Crate Goulash in English), Ayam Percik (roasted chicken splashed with special sauce), and nasi kerabu.
- There are many places that you can go to. For shopping, you can go to Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, where they sell a lot of affordable souvenirs. There are plenty of museums and other attractions too in Kota Baru, like: Istana Jahar, Min Stingless Bee Farm and Gallery, Taman Negara National Park, and more.
Here are some of the things that you can do in Pahang:
- Hungry and feeling like some Thai food? Go to Sara Thai Kitchen in town. However, if you are curious and would like to go far, visit Tanjung Lumpur and try other restaurants there.
- One famous beach in Pahang is called Teluk Chempedak. Many people often drive or walk to TC for a night stroll. There are people selling toys for kids and local street artists that can draw a caricature of yourself.
- Pahang has a lot of green areas or natural sites. Prepare your camera, since there will be interesting shots in Taman Negara, Cameron High, and Rainbow Waterfall. Check out the Time Tunnel Museum too, where you will be brought back in time.
Here are some of the things that you can do in Kuala Terengganu:
- Staying at hotels like Primula Beach Hotel is like a dream come true. The hotel is practically by the beach itself. Although they have their own swimming pool, you can still go to the beach if you want to swim in the ocean too and then back again.
- Visit Chinatown, or also known as Jalan Kampung Cina.
- There are smaller islands nearby like: Perhentian Island (where you can visit Turtle Sanctuary Beach), Redang Island, and Kapas Island. You can have a swim or prepare your camera for several nice shots at the scenery.
East Malaysia holiday is something worth trying for. If you are looking for a more peaceful area on holiday, this is it.