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5 Reasons to Visit the East Coast of Malaysia & East Malaysia

5 Reasons to Visit the East Coast of Malaysia & East Malaysia

December 14th, 2017

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The East Coast of Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) are known as the most culturally-rich parts of Malaysia. There are so many great adventures to explore upon visiting the cities when you travel east, so here are some suggestions we would like to share with you.

Why Visit the East Coast of Malaysia and East Malaysia?

1) Climb Malaysia’s highest mountain
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the world located in Sabah. Standing at 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level, the biological diversity of the mountain has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You also can experience the world’s highest via ferrata which means iron road in Italian. Mount Kinabalu is a protected climbing route that comes with steel cables, harnesses and bridges that embraces the rock face. It will definitely be one of the best adventures you have ever experienced.

2) Soak up the sun at the beaches
For those who are looking to get away from the city and laze under the sun, the Terengganu beaches must be in the list of things to do in the East Coast of Malaysia. One of the most-visited beaches in Terengganu is Redang Island situated 50 KM off the coast by the South China Sea that is welcomed by crystal clear water that is a haven for divers from all over the world.

There is also Perhentian Island which is part of the National Marine Park of the country. Whether travellers are looking for an adventure to go deep-sea fishing to simply lay by the beach for a beautiful tan, this tropical twin islands is a must-visit for all nature lovers.

3) Learn about the Malay kites
When it comes to Malay culture, one of the most obvious of the tradition is the wau, which is the Malay kite. They are intricately handmade with amazing designs and with bamboo as borders to hold the frame. There is even the annual Kelantan International Kite Festival that has been held for more than 30 years.

Get a first-hand look at these elaborate kites that are very popular in Kelantan and other parts of Malaysia as well at the Kelantan Wau Museum by Pantai Sri Tujuh. There are displays of kites from Malaysia, Japan, Thailand to Cambodia, and catch a demonstration on how to make kites if the opportunity rises.

4) Go for a tribal experience
Visiting the Sarawak longhouses is a great way to learn about the tribal lifestyles and cultures through the ethnic communities. A visit to Sarawak longhouses will open your mind into a raw and honest insight of the tribal traditions, lifestyles, cultures and daily activities that go on in this beautiful island.

There are many traditional tribal buildings that can be found at the Sarawak Cultural Village from a simple nomadic shelter to the native longhouses. Get a hands-on experience on the native crafts, primitive hunting weapons and participate in the other activities.

5) Feast on traditional food
Another great way to learn about the culture of a nation is definitely through its food. There is no denying that the east coast especially Terengganu and Kelantan offer the best Malay food you can find in the country.

There are so much choices to choose from in the east coast and one of the most well-known is the Nasi Kerabu. Nasi Kerabu is a blue-tinted rice served with crackers, a variety of raw vegetables, salted egg, dehydrated coconut with a few sides such as the Kelantan Ayam Percik, Sambal Kelapa, Solok Lada or Ikan Goreng.

Nasi Dagang is another popular breakfast meals in the east coast and has been called the "nasi lemak of the East Coast" since both are rice dished rich with coconut milk. The fried fish paste known as the Keropok Lekor is a famous mouth-watering snack feasted by many Malaysians.

East Malaysia also offers plenty of simple yet delicious dishes like Kolok Mee, Sarawak laksa, Pinasakan Sada and Nonsom. They are food that you cannot miss out on trying upon visiting East Malaysia.

The East Coast of Malaysia and East Malaysia offer many great things to see, do and eat, so do not miss out on this amazing offer for weekend breaks or any public holidays. Easybook now offer you with a special 15% discount (discount code: TravelEast) for return bus and ferry trips from the East Coast of Malaysia and East Malaysia. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets now with Easybook!

Terms & Conditions

  1. Discount code is only applicable for bus and ferry tickets from Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu & Kelantan in Malaysia only.
  2. Discount code is valid until 31st December 2018.
  3. Discount code is valid for bus and ferry trips departure from now until 31st January 2019.
  4. The discount code TravelEast must be entered upon checkout, discount of the booking price excludes all applicable taxes and charges.
  5. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion and discount codes.
  6. Easybook reserves the right to discontinue or amend the offer without any prior notice.
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