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The Islands

As well as a plethora of beautiful beaches in Malaysia, the country also boasts a host of offshore tropical islands that are rated as some of the most beautiful in the world. Idyllic white sandy beaches, palm trees, clear waters and an underwater heaven for divers and snorkellers - these are the archetypal images of paradise that beckon and enchant thousands of visitors each year.

The unblemished beauty and peacefulness of the Malaysian islands are famous worldwide, from the well-known islands of Langkawi to tiny specks off the coast such as Perhentian Kecil. The Langkawi archipelago has become an internationally renowned resort destination, irresistible for its ancient lakes and forests, waterfalls, fauna and flora, and wonderful beaches. Pantai Tengah and Pantai Cenang are Langkawi's main resorts with good facilities, and a relaxed atmosphere. Lovely sandy beaches and crystal clear seas surround the Perhentian Islands, with wonderful coral gardens and a vast array of marine life. Off the east coast, the most impressive island is Tioman, offering a wide variety of activities on and off the water and a holiday suited to those tired of commercialised resorts.

Ideally suited to those looking for a relaxing holiday with good facilities and a slow pace of life, the islands of Malaysia are a great destination. Beautiful beaches, lazy days in the sunshine and golden sunsets will be the lasting impressions of any visit.

Information & Facts

Language

Bahasa Melayu is the national language, but English is widely spoken and is the language of business. Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka are spoken by the Malaysias Chinese population and Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi among the Indian population.

Money

The Malaysian Ringit (MYR), also referred to as the Malaysian Dollar, is divided into 100 sen. Malaysian banks charge in the region of US$2-3 for foreign exchange transactions. Moneychangers are generally quicker to deal with and do not charge commission; their rates however are variable. Pounds or dollars are the easiest to exchange. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and some hotels. All major credit cards are accepted at upmarket hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely available.

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