Malaysia is a culturally wealthy nation offering
treasures galore for charter guests to explore during their lavish
cruise. Gear up for a relaxing holiday in this exotic slice of
paradise whose unsurpassed beauty will enchant you on every step of
the way. Malaysia is great to visit year-round, although to make
the most out of your holiday, it is best to sail around Langkawi
from October to March and the island of Borneo from April to
Malaysia will be a joy to discover for all history buffs. Before
the Age of Discovery and the rise of European colonial powers, the
Malaysian peninsula and archipelago were home to a number of
powerful empires and sultanates. At one point settled even by
Indians, the Malay population continues to transmit glorious Hindu
legends from this flourishing period of history.
The first Europeans to have established a colony on these lands
were the British who came to power at the end of the 18th century
and later shared the region with the Dutch. Malaysia lived a
turbulent past, the most recent being World War II leaving the
British States weakened by their Japanese opponent and resulting in
the monarchy’s independence in the 1950s.
The northernmost mainland state of Malaysia is Kedah situated on
the country’s West Coast. Also encompassing the Langkawi
archipelago, Kedah boasts fabulous beaches and landmarks to explore
during a luxury charter holiday. The village of Kuala Kedah is not
located far from Alor Setar, the state’s capital, but it is a
pristine alternative to the city’s hustle and bustle. The
historical fishing port with a dominant red brick fortress is
located at the mouth of the Kedah River and is home to some of the
best seafood restaurants in the state.
Sitting on the Andaman Sea northwest of the land border between
Malaysia and Thailand is the divine archipelago of Langkawi.
Comprised of a hundred islands and islets to discover during your
luxury charter vacation, Langkawi is a wonderful gateway to both
neighboring Thailand and Malaysia’s West Coast. Sporting impeccably
turquoise waters and a lush tropical vegetation, Langkawi is dotted
not only with immaculate beaches but also those rimmed with
animated waterfront bars and restaurants. There are also a number
of luxury resorts serving up the finest local specialties and
offering rejuvenating body treatments and massages.
Thanks to yet undiscovered coves, your luxury charter yacht will
anchor off many secluded bays and you will explore perfectly azure
and crystalline waters where aquatic sports will be a sheer
pleasure to indulge in. Arrive in Pentai Cenang, a coastal town
home to a few top-notch resorts and a stretching powdery beach
rimmed with bustling bars, or choose Tanjung Rhu located on
Langkawi island’s northern coast, considered by some as the
archipelago’s most awe-inspiring shoreline. With translucent
waters, fine white sands, swaying protecting palm trees and an
undisturbed land and seascape stretching as far as the eye can see,
a stop at Tanjung Rhu beach is quite inevitable.
Guests longing for a bit of urban taste will be pleased to stop by
Kuah, Langkawi’s port of entry carpeted with beaches, waterfront
promenades, restaurants, cafes, bars, luxury resorts and a number
of duty-free boutiques.
Dubbed Malaysia’s historic state, Malacca is the third smallest
region of the country. Although of minor importance considering its
size, Malacca is of a great cultural and historic significance.
Malacca may not sport as many exquisite beaches as the neighboring
Kedah, but charter guests will not be disappointed with their time
spent in this utopian slice of heaven.
Just a few miles off the coasts of Malacca City sits a quaint
island of Pulau Besar, an imperative port of call for a luxury
charter catamaran. The island is quite mysterious with
many fables and legends lying behind its origin. According to many
local storytellers, the island was formed after a heart-broken
pregnant widowed princess jumped into the water and floated until
her body took the shape of the island. Visit a storied cave
believed to have been used as a training spot by ancient warriors,
or the giant Split Rock. There are a couple of high-end resorts, a
yacht club and plenty of options for water sports fun while
activities include beachcombing, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling
and hiking, to name but a few.
Do not be discouraged by the fact that Johor is one of the most
developed regions of Malaysia because this state boasts more
pristine areas than one could believe. Johor is the direct border
state with Singapore so guests are welcome to choose either a more
animated charter vacation close to the city or an immaculate
holiday sailing around the state’s untouched islets and coves.
Johor’s East Coast is lined with a plethora of sandy stretches of
land, including Desaru, a 26 kilometer-long beach and resort strip
where kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, swimming, snorkeling or
diving will be a true delight.
Sailing up North along the mainland’s East Coast, guest will reach
Tioman Island, a quaint and rather small retreat lined with eight
humble villages, a dense verdant rainforest and vibrant coral
reefs, making it a perfect snorkeling and diving spot. The island
serves as a government-protected bird sanctuary and nature reserve
with species such as frigatebird, macaque, black giant squirrel or
slow loris. From hiking through the dense forest, to discovering
the island’s breathtaking, immaculate waterfalls, to lounging
around on the beach or treating yourself to a rejuvenating massage
in an elegant resort, Tioman Island will simply mesmerize you.
Offshore Malaysia has just as many beautiful surprises as does the
mainland. One of the two offshore states on the mind-blowing island
of Borneo that comprise East Malaysia is Sabah. Borneo is divided
between three countries and Sabah is Malaysia’s easternmost state.
It is home to a few delightful towns exuding an authentic ambiance
mixed with much cosmopolitan flare, as well as remote islets,
beaches and coves for a romantic getaway aboard a luxury charter
catamaran or mega yacht. Anchor along
Mantanani islands off Sabah’s West Coast, an archipelago populated
with dugongs, also known as “sea cows”, or Pulau Tiga, the original
Survivor island whose geothermal activity created therapeutic and
relaxing bubbling mud baths that could easily compete with a
rejuvenating spa treatment. Natural hiking trails inland are home
to Pulau Tiga’s residents, including macaques, giant monitor
lizards, wild boar and hornbill. And if this is not enough, the
turquoise waters around Mengalum Island further north abound in
dogtooth and yellow fin tuna.
Borneo’s northern tip is idyllic, remote and features untouched
beaches and the luxury Kudat Marina for your charter
catamaran, mega yacht or power yacht. The town of Kudat
is somewhat hypnotic and therefore the more suitable for a perfect charter
getaway. Kudat lies on the territory of the Rungus people who
carry on their ancient traditions and live in isolation from the
modern world. Sail along the northern tip and head southward to the
state’s eastern coast to reach a genuine wildlife sanctuary lined
with marine and land national parks a plethora of untouched
With Malaysia’s population made up of three main ethnic groups
being the Malays, Chinese and Indians, the nation’s culinary style
is well diverse and composed of many different flavors. This rich
cuisine is largely based on rice, noodles, poultry, beef, pork,
seafood as well as fresh vegetables and fruit, including durian,
rambutan, lychee, mango or guava. Coconut milk is a staple
ingredient not only for main dishes but also desserts, along with
gula melaka (coconut palm sugar) and tropical fruit.