Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Malaysia

Peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia) runs from Singapore to the Thai border with approximately 400 miles of coastline forming the eastern boundary of the famous Malacca Straits. On the Gulf of Thailand coast, the distance to the border is slightly less. East Malaysia comprises the two states of Sarawak and Sabah, which lie on the northwestern side of the island of Borneo.

Malaysia West Malaysia East

Navigation through the straits is not difficult, with only a few shallow areas which are well buoyed and lit. The Japanese Government gave financial aid to Malaysia for the purposes of renewing and expanding all navigational aids around the Peninsula.

Commercial shipping traffic is very heavy and a good watch is essential day and night. The safest course for pleasure yachts passing north or south is to stay on the edge of the northbound passage which should keep you clear of inshore fishing fleets and the busy shipping lanes.

There are two seasons corresponding to the northeast and southwest monsoon, with May to October being the wetter season. Winds in the Malacca straits are often fickle and strongly affected by the local landmasses of the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.

Short, but sometimes quite strong, squalls called ‘Sumatras’ are frequent. Thunderstorms are common and insurance companies often have to deal with lightning strike claims.

Telaga harbour Telaga harbour
Pulau Kudu, 1nm south of Pulau Sibu Tenga
Photo by Bill O’Leary
Photo by Ed Shiels
Anchorages in Malaysia
Below, we list the main anchorage locations for Malaysia that are featured in the book – together with one sample anchorage. For a complete list of all 533 anchorage locations, go to Southeast Asia Pilot index
West Malaysia, West Coast Photo by Bill O’Leary

West Malaysia, West Coast

  • PORT DICKSON
  • PORT KLANG, PANGKOR, LUMUT, DINDING RIVER
  • PENANG
  • LANGKAWI
West Malaysia, West Coast Photo by http://commons.wikimedia.org

West Malaysia, East Coast

Yachts heading to the east coast of West Malaysia and on to the Gulf of Thailand may enter Malaysia at…

  • The Tioman Group
  • NORTH OF MERSING & KUANTAN
  • PULAU REDANG & PERHENTIAN BESAR
See sample Malaysia anchorage
The Tioman Group
West Malaysia, West Coast Photo by Ed Shiels

East Malaysia

Lying to the east of Peninsular Malaysia is the island of Borneo. On the northwest side of this huge island are the two East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah…

  • KUCHING & SIBU CITY
  • LABUAN
  • KOTA KINABALU
  • KINABATANGAN RIVER
  • TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN MARINE PARK
  • PULAU SULUG, PULAU TIGA & PULAU GAYA
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While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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