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.
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.
West Malaysia, West Coast
West Malaysia, East Coast
Yachts heading to the east coast of West Malaysia and on to the Gulf of Thailand may enter Malaysia at…
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The Tioman Group
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…
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