There are hundreds of islands in Malaysia that you can discover. The Malaysians call them “Pulau.” Hopping around them gives you a chance to discover more of this beautiful Asian country. Malaysia’s most popular islands are in the western part of Peninsular Malaysia. That’s because on this side, there’s no monsoon season plus they’re easier to travel to and offer a wide array of lodging from rustic to luxury. Here are some of the most popular “Pulau” in Malaysia.
For nature and beauty, this easily accessible island is ideal for a quiet vacation or for those that love nature. Despite being peaceful though, there are many attractions to keep you busy as well as lovely resorts to feel pampered in.
One island you shouldn’t miss is Penang, which has earned the nickname “The Pearl of the Orient.” It’s by far the most visited island by tourists but despite its popularity, it’s incredibly enjoyable no matter your reasons for visiting. The food is exceptional and the capital city, Georgetown, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s much to see and do here, and yes of course, the beaches are beyond compare.
Looking for something smaller? Come here for diving and snorkeling. You can even hop from Penang and Langkawi just to explore underwater here, as it’s not possible on those islands. Feeding baby sharks is a popular tourist attraction here too, if you dare.
Like lots of mountains with your beaches? You’ll find them here. If you’re looking for an ideal mix of resorts and beaches, you’ll feel right at home on Pangkor.
Catch the train from Kuala Lumpur to Ketam and enjoy a beautiful ride. It’s an island known for fishing, more so than even the other fishing islands. But Ketam has some of the best seafood in all the islands. While most tourists don’t stay overnight, you might just want to consider it since it’s not overrun with tourists and is something different to do. And if you don’t find accommodations you like, simply hop the train back to Kuala Lumpur, where you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.
What’s great about the Malaysian islands is that you can easily get to other islands from them, which gives you more to see and do on your travels here. That means you don’t have to stick to one location and can get a broad spectrum of Malaysian island life quite easily.