Marinas in Malaysia
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia and consists of thirteen states and three federal territories having a total land mass of 329,847 square kilometres (127,350 sq mi). The country is separated by the South China Sea into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo (also known as West and East Malaysia respectively). Malaysia shares land borders with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and also has maritime boundaries with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The population as of 2009 stood at over 28 million. The currency is the Ringgit.
Malaysia is a multi cultural country withs Malays, Chinese, Indians, Europeans and many other ethnic groups who have lived together i for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a gastronomical paradise, and making Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. Tourism plays a large part in the countries economy and this means that there is always plenty to entertain visiting yachts with many Marinas being close to tourist resorts or even part of a tourist complex.
The road network is good and modern for the most part but less developed or extensive in Sabah and Sarawak. The official airline of Malaysia is Malaysia Airlines, providing international and domestic air service alongside two other carriers. The railway system is state-run, and covers a total of 1,849 kilometres (1,149 mi). Relatively inexpensive elevated Light Rail Transit systems are used in some cities, such as Kuala Lumpur. There are various ferries to the out lying islands.
There are a growing number of marinas and yacht clubs throughout Malaysia and many are modern and offer good facilities. Malaysia is situated between one and seven degrees north of the Equator, enjoying mostly balmy, year-round weather. The wet northeast monsoon blows from November to March, along the East Coast of the peninsula as well as Sarawak and Sabah. Even during this period, there are periods of fine weather and smooth seas. The southwest monsoon blows from April to October. Generally, westbound yachters travel during the northeast monsoon and those travelling east, during the southwest.