Malaysia Country Guide

Getting In


By Boat

There are several ferries services connecting various points in Peninsular Malaysia with Singapore, Sumatra in Indonesia and southern Thailand. In East Malaysia, there are ferry services between Sarawak and Brunei; Sabah and East Kalimantan in Indonesia; and Sabah with Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Luxury cruises also run from Singapore and sometimes Phuket (Thailand) to Malaysia.
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Ferry terminal in Klang
Ferry terminal in Klang
From Singapore
There are daily passenger boats running between Singapore and Johor in Malaysia. These include between Changi Point and Pengerang, between Tanah Merah and Sebana Cover Resort, as well as between Changi and Tanjung Belungkor.

From Thailand
Four ferries daily (reduced to three during Ramadan) between Tammalang at Satun (Thailand) and Kuah on Langkawi (Malaysia). Vehicle ferries operate between Ban Taba near Tak Bai in Narathiwat province (Thailand) and Pengkalan Kubur in Kelantan (Malaysia), while passenger boats run between Ban Buketa in Narathiwat province and Bukit Bunga in Kelantan.
Kuah Ferry Terminal in Langkawi

Kuah Ferry Terminal in Langkawi

From Brunei
Ferries daily between the Muara Ferry Terminal in Brunei and Labuan island and Lawas in Sarawak. Speedboats, mostly in the morning, also run between Bandar Seri Begawan jetty in Brunei and Limbang in Sarawak. 

From Indonesia
There are several jumping-off points from Indonesia to Peninsular Malaysia. These include the Riau Islands of Batam, Bintan and Karimun and the Sumatra mainland of Dumai, Medan and Pekanbaru. Ferries link:

  • Batam to Batu Pahat and Johor Bahru in Johor
  • Bintan to Johor Bahru
  • Karimun to Batu Pahat and Kukup in Johor
  • Dumai to Melaka, Muar (Johor), Port Dickson (Negeri Sembilan) and Port Klang (Selangor), the port for Kuala Lumpur
  • Pekanbaru to Melaka and Medan's port of Belawan with Penang

In Borneo, there are daily ferries linking Nunukan in Indonesia with Tawau in Sabah.

From the Philippines
There are ferries running between the Zamboanga Peninsula in the Philippines and Sandakan in Sabah.

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