The islands off Peninsular Malaysia are extraordinarily lush, with beautiful beaches and glistening clear waters.
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands off the mainland coast of north-western Malaysia, with one main island which harbours several luxury hotels hidden amidst ancient rainforest, including the breathtaking Datai. These islands boast pristine jungle that is best explored on a canopy tour or by zipline, as well as waterfalls and natural pools, rice fields and beautiful gardens.
The island of Penang off Malaysia's west coast has a rich and fascinating multicultural history and its Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences make it a truly unique and remarkable spot. The delicate city of George Town on Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ornately decorated with sprawling Buddhist temples, mosques, botanical gardens, colonial buildings and a river lined with mangrove trees. White sandy beaches line the north coast and Penang also boasts quaint Malay villages and paddy fields, as well as laying claim to being one of Malaysia’s best regions for fantastic cuisine.
Pangkor and its smaller sister island Pangkor Laut, which is home to the luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort, lie off the south-west corner of Peninsular Malaysia - if it's pristine white sand beaches you're after, these islands will dazzle.
For diving, head to Pulau Tioman off Malaysia's east coast, where the reef and marine life are among the finest in south-east Asia.