Top coastal cities in Malaysia


Malaysia is a beautiful country with many tourist attractions for travelers to come and enjoy. Especially, it is a country with mostly borders contacting with sea, so the coastal cities are the main destinations for visitors.

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Every coastal city has its own characteristics, so sometimes you love the beauty of the place then you will visit it many times. Malaysia tourism has no exception, especially the beautiful coastal cities below.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu

About 500 km northeast from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu is a tourist area with long beaches and smooth strip of sands. The beautiful Mosque floating on the blue sea also attracts a lot of visitors.

If you travel from Kuala Lumpur by plane, you only need 50 minutes. This place is so beautiful thanks to the long coastline covered with beautiful white sandy beaches with warm and clear water. Of the many islands in this place, Redang, Kapas, Perhentian Kecil, Perhentian Besar and Tenggol are the favorite islands.

Most especial one is Redang with many great diving sites and magnificent coral reefs, around them is diverse and surprisingly rich marine lives. Sea lovers, nature lovers and people who are seeking a perfect holiday should go to Tanjung Jara – a resort designed in the style of an ancient Malaysian castle.

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Despite offshore oil and gas exploration activities, life in Terengganu is not as hurried as it is in some other Malaysian states. In the middle of May and September, visitors often concentrate in Rantau Abang (60km south of Kuala Terengganu) to see giant leatherback turtles coming to the land to lay eggs. This turtle has 2m length and weighs 375kg.



Penang was voted one of the top 10 places having the most attractive street foods in Asia. Therefore, when coming to Malaysia, you cannot miss Penang – cuisine capital of Malaysia.

Penang is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, formerly one of the most important islands on the Malacca Straits, occupied by British colonialists quite early.

Today, Penang has become an intersection of many cultures, including Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Thai. If you are a fan of cuisine, you should visit Gurney Drive, an unforgettable place to visit in Penang Island. Among the special foods, there is Asam Laksa noodles with water made from fish and sour soup.

This hot noodle food, with the harmonious taste of sour, spicy, salty, sweet, ranked 7th in the list of 50 most attractive dishes in the world ranked by CNN Travel. Not only famous for its good foods, Penang also has admirable buildings. Some of the highlights are: Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill, Tanjung Bungah, Pinang Peranakan Museum, Penang Bridge, etc.



The Langkawi achipelago includes 99 islands located in the Andaman Sea. There are excellent beaches, high-end resorts and many activities associated with nature. Langkawi is a tax-free island. Shops in Kuah Town and at Langkawi International Airport are the best places for shopping.

The highlight of Langkawi is the natural and quiet space. In addition, Langkawi Island has limestone caves open between a tropical jungle. Many interesting things are waiting for visitors, you can sail through the mangroves. Or enjoy the fun of feeding eagles, exploring the rainforest or making a trip through the jungle.

You can walk to Seven Wells area (Telaga Tujuh) and swim in the fresh mountain lakes. There is a cable car system leading you to Gunung Mat Cincang peak at 700 meters. While traveling by cable car, visitors will have a chance to see the islands and also Thailand.

Langkawi is a good place to sail every time of a year, and you can come to the sea with luxury motorized boats or sailboats to enjoy the sunset. Of which, Pantai Cenang, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok and Pantai Datai are the best beaches beside the world-class resorts like The Datai and The Andaman. In addition, there are also modest cottages for visitors.

Malaysia is really a great country with many coastal cities. Come to these cities, you can not only watch the beautiful sights of them, but also do many attractive activities in nearly every time of a year. There are many coastal cities we can list, so you should come to Malaysia once to experience them.