Malaysia has some simply stunning beaches. From private islands that are a haven for marine life to busy beaches with nightlife and water sports.
We look at some of the most popular beaches in Malaysia but some hidden gems.
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
The busiest beach resort on Langkawi and has something for everyone, from families, backpackers and lovers of water sports or lively nightlife.
A great mix of accommodation options to meet all budgets and white sand beaches complete this popular tourist destination.
Batu Ferringhi, Penang
North west of Georgetown sits Batu Ferringhi with its long, soft, white sand beach.
Famous not just for its beach but also for the night market, street food, local shops and excellent water sports.
An excellent range of accommodation is available making this an affordable slice of Malaysian paradise.
Sitting on the South China Sea this upcoming beach resort is popular with Malaysians who will often spend weekends here.
During the week it can be much quieter and you will be able to get long stretches of beach to yourself.
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Almost 20 km of beach stretching along the coastline offering secluded locations, only available after a jungle hike, to beach resorts, with water sports, shops and restaurants.
Located 80km, or round an hours drive, south of Kuala Lumpur, on the west coast of Malaysia.
Popular with Malaysians for its facilities and sheer number of beach options, together with its proximity to Kuala Lumpur and Seremban.
The area also offers wildlife reserves, a 16th century lighthouse and tombs and megaliths dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
Cherating village has a number of excellent beaches, home to turtle breeding grounds as well as the Chendor Turtle Sanctuary.
The village has a number of traditional workshops selling local goods. Nearby are spectacular caves including Panching Cave which has a huge reclining Buddha
A secluded but easy to reach destination makes this a wonderful option to the island resorts.
Mataking Island Beach, Sabah
Located in the Celebes Sea, in the state of Sabah on Borneo makes this beach more of a trek to reach.
Hugely popular with snorkelers and scuba divers due to the pleasant seas and exceptional marine life.
The beach itself is exceptional and perfect for those lazy days soaking up the rays.
Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
The next door neighbour to Pentai Cenang, although increasingly has become an extension to Cenang.
Home to all-inclusive resorts, excellent spas and food and crystal blue seas.
Tanjung Aru, Sabah
A 2km stretch of beach in Sabah on Borneo.
Home to spectacular sunsets but also to increasing development and skyscrapers.
Pasir Panjang, Rendang
Situated on the island of Rendang with a number of all-inclusive resorts many sitting near the soft white sand and crystal clear water.
Situated in a circular bay with a gently sloping beach and popular with Malaysian and international tourists.
An island reached from nearby Mersing, no roads, white sand beaches and stunning clear waters make this an excellent beach for those looking for the quieter life.
A great destination for marine life, there are also footpaths that take you through the island and discover wildlife in the jungle.
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