From the impressive lights of Kuala Lumpur to the lush greenery of Borneo, Malaysia is a land of contrasts. Shop for bargains, trek peaceful forests or soak up the action in bustling city streets. Much like its food, Malaysia is made up of ingredients from all around Asia. A South East Asian melting pot that neighbours Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia, this fascinating country is home to a wide variety of languages, including English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and Punjabi. For many travellers, Malaysia's attraction is that it offers a completely unique holiday experience - an opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures, cuisines and lifestyles all in the one country.
Airlines that fly from the UK to Malaysia include:
- Air France
- Cathay Pacific
- China Southern Airlines
- Emirates Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- KLM Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
Malaysia International Airports:
Malaysia's main international airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport, located 34 miles from the city centre and a hub for Malaysia Airlines. Penang and Langkawi are also serviced by international airports, although they mainy host international flights from within Asia.
When most people think of a Malaysian holiday, Kuala Lumpur usually comes to mind. This is the capital of Malaysia and a city where modern technology has flourished. 6.5 million people now call Kuala Lumpur home, many of whom are expats living in this metropolis for business. In addition to the population figure, Kuala Lumpur is also a hotspot for travellers. As such, Malaysian accommodation is at its best in the capital, where some of the world's most luxurious hotels come with affordable price tags. Affordable luxury also applies to Kuala Lumpur's shopping, where mega-malls and markets offer something for everyone.
Away from the sky scrapers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is home to many natural wonders and fascinating historic landmarks. Just outside the capital you can wander the Batu Caves, a series of ancient limestone caves which host a number of Hindu shrines as well as a 100-year-old temple. Across the South China Sea in the Malaysian side of Borneo lies some of the country's most notable natural landmarks. It is here you can climb Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's highest peak, see the surreal pinnacles of Gunung Mulu National Park and spot rare orangutans in the wild.
For a more relaxing stay, the island of Penang is home to pristine beaches, incense-scented temples and lively nightlife. Chinese and Indian communities are very prominent in Penang. As such the streets of Penang's Little India are great for exploring and shopping while the street food here is some of the best you'll find in Asia.
For more on Malaysia holidays, check out our Malaysia travel guide or view our range of Malaysia holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours or car hire.