Penang Shrine

Penang Shrine

Malaysia is one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in South-East Asia. Several decades of sustained economic growth and political stability have made it one of the most buoyant and wealthy countries in the region. Although political power (Malay) and economic clout (Chinese) are still traditionally divided along racial lines, Malaysia has moved towards a pluralist culture based on a vibrant and interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs, all living side by side. 

The Malays are the largest community. They are Muslims, speak Bahasa and are largely responsible for the political fortunes of the country. The Chinese comprise about a third of the population. They are Buddhists and Taoists, speak Hokkein, Hakka and Cantonese, and are dominant in the business community. The Indians account for about 10% of the population. Most visitors to Malaysia stick to the Peninsula, where the insane headlong rush of Kuala Lumpur is offset by the colonially soothing Cameron Highlands Hill Station or the hedonistic torpor of Langkawi. Far fewer make it to Sarawak or Sabah, on the island of East Malaysia, with their spectacular wildlife, longhouses and the awe-inspiring Mt Kinabalu.

Langkawi: This breathtaking Malaysian island of Langkawi is one of 104 islands scattered off the northern-most tip of the Malaysian Peninsula. Scenes of paddy fields, limestone hillsides, lush tropical forests and waterfalls, this is a nature lovers paradise. Kuah Town, its capital is full of excellent duty free shopping.

Penang: Sometimes referred to as “The Pearl of the Orient”, this island lies off the northwestern coast of the Malaysian Peninsula and is now linked to the mainland by one of the longest bridges in the world. This island is home to one of the finest Buddhist temples in this region.

Tioman Island: This picture-postcard island lies off the eastern coast of Peninsula Malaysia in the South China Sea. It boasts beautiful beaches, clear, coral-filled water, techno-color marine life, virtually unpopulated jungle highlands, crystal-clear streams, and the dramatic twin peaks of Batu Sirau and Nenek Semukut, often referred to as the chinaman’s hat.

Tioman has been blessed with exotic place names like ‘Palm-Frond Hill’ and ‘Village of Doubt’ and is generally quoted as the setting for the mythical Bali Hai in the film “South Pacific”. The Happy Talk waterfalls are well worth the short hike into the jungle to get there. The permanent population on Tioman is low and the locals are usually out numbered by tourists. June and August are the peak tourist months, while during November to January, the heavy monsoon season, the island is almost deserted. The island’s west coast is dotted with villages and is home to a classy resort. Pulau Tioman is the most popular travelers’ destination and Kampung Nipah is the place to go if you really want to get away from it all. You can get to Tioman by boat from Mersing and Singapore. The island’s largest village, Kampung Tekek, has an airstrip.

Map of Malaysia

Map of Malaysia

A few miles south of the Thai border of the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia lies over a hundred magical islands. Some of them are just small outcrops of coral with a few trees and a sandy beach and t in the Straits of Malacca and are known as the Langkawi Group with the island of Langkawi being the largest of the group. The 99 islands of Malaysia which make up the Langkawi group has an outstanding natural landscape with beautiful deserted beaches, spectacular caves, lakes, limestone hills, lush vegetation and amazing wildlife.

The many coves, lagoons and inlets make it the perfect place for a yacht charter experience, providing you with the time to go at a leisurely pace through the region absorbing the surroundings and the culture of Malaysia. One of the most famous areas in this region is the freshwater lake at Pulau Dayang Bunting (The Lake of the Pregnant Maiden) which has small bays with good anchorages. Legend has it that this beautiful lake, tucked away in a natural reservoir and surrounded by jungle and towering limestone rock, was formed from the tears of a Princess. For years, the lake with its legend has brought many barren women to the lake in the hope that drinking the cool water will make them fertile again. This is an excellent example of  folklore that is still very much believed by the local Malay’s. The lake can also be reached from the shallow bay at Gua Langsir where ‘The cave of the Banshee’ is filled with bats.

1 week Itinerary - Langkawi/Langkawi

Day 1- Arrive at your yacht berthed at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. Lunch & dinner onboard. Feel free to wander around Langkawi and explore the region or take a ride in the Cable Car attraction. Langkawi’s name is believed to have originated from the abundance of eagles on the island and the geological wonder of its landscape.

Day 2- Very early departure for Palau BumBon where we will explore, snorkel and anchor for the evening. A realxing spot to just spend the day and evening at anchor. There are some pleasant beaches here and you can spend a few hours of peace and quiet on a deserted island.

Day 3- After breakfast we pull anchor and head to Langun Island where we will beach comb, play with the water toys and relax in the sun or shade. By now your body should have acclimated to the time differences.

Day 4- Another beautiful day in East Asia. Today we head for the beautiful island of Datai, home of two 5-Star Resort Hotels. There is a Spa & Golf course onshore so perhaps some in the group would like to participate in these activities.

Day 5- Early departure for Pulau Singa today. This very uniquie and eco sensitive land has been converted into a wildlife sanctuary for many native Malay creatures. Walking round the island takes 8 hours or so, but if you choose to do this, you may get a chance to see some of the local wildlife residing on the island such as monitor lizards, macaques, deer or the timid mousedeer.

Day 6- We are off today to Pulau Dayang to pay homage to all the barren maidens who have drank the precious water in hopes of restoring their own fertility. The core of the island is home to this famous freshwater lake. Palau Dayang is the second largest island in the Langkawi Archipeligo. In the afternoon, we will move to Palau Tuba to anchor for the evening.

Day 7- Waking up in beautiful Pulau Tuba, we are surrounded with mountains as there is very limited lowland on this island. This can be clearly seen at the rim of the island as there is hardly even enough space for the track of dirt that surrounds Palau Tuba. Activities are limited to perhaps a spot of hiking. This island is undeveloped and without a doubt still a natural habitat to an interesting array of wildlife – those on land, in the air, the water and even those in the treetops. Bird-watching or walking may thus bring you in close proximity to some very interesting creatures and species of wildlife. Even the most deserted beaches would be incentive for the sea creatures to put in an appearance for your final day of your yacht charter.

Day 8- After breakfast, we pull our anchor to take you back to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club for your departure.

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