It might just be on the other side of the Peninsula, but Malaysia's east coast could as well be on a different planet than the populous, hectic and industrialized west coast. Its coastline, made up of the states of Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, is lined with coconut palms, dotted with sleepy fishing kampongs and interspersed with rubber and oil palm plantations, paddy fields, beaches and mangroves.
The string of islands stretching all along the coast offers a mix of lazy getaways. Choose from Pulau Kapas for its acclaimed snorkelling and diving sites, or Pulau Tenggol and Pulau Lang Tengah, or enjoy parties and barbecues on the beach at Pulau Perhentian.
For an insight into Malay traditions and artistry, Kota Bharu, located in the north, stages almost daily events, ranging from kite flying to drumming sessions, while Kuala Terengganu is a souvenir hunting ground with fine silverware and a choice of handicraft markets.
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