Home to some of the oldest rainforest on earth and one of the world’s most high-tech capital cities, there are two distinct sides to Malaysia, both figuratively and literally. Renowned for its dynamic cuisine, postcard-perfect beaches and exotic jungles, this is a country that inspires adventure. Visit the orangutans of Borneo (East Malaysia) or go on a foodie adventure in George Town – Malaysia’s foodie capital on the island of Penang. Malaysia’s palm-edged, white-sand beaches really steal the show, so ask our Travel Experts to design your itinerary to balance relaxation with experiencing the cultural and adventure-packed highlights of this amazing country.
Malaysia's cultural and historical diversity make it one of the most fascinating countries in Asia – perfect for your next holiday. And, as the national carrier, who better to start your adventure with than Malaysia Airlines?
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If you want to see more than just one destination in Malaysia, then you’ll love our tailor-made holidays. Designed to take in a number of spots in the country, from colonial towns to remote beaches and lush jungles, these Malaysia holidays have been carefully planned by our Experts based on their first-hand experience. Taking the guesswork out of planning, these holidays include flights, accommodation, transport, tours and experiences, so everything is taken care of. And best of all, your Expert can tailor each aspect to suit you.
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Where to Go in Malaysia
Most Malaysia holidays begin in Kuala Lumpur, the country’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city. After a few days in the city, most travellers opt to fly east to Borneo Malaysia for an exotic jungle stay at Kota Kinabalu, or fly north to the idyllic islands of Penang or Langkawi. Penang and Langkawi are relatively close together and can be reached via a two-hour, 45-minute ferry or 25-minute flight, so it’s well worth visiting both islands.
Malaysia Holiday Types
A holiday in Malaysia offers a veritable platter of experiences, from the adventurous to the relaxing. So if you’re looking to simply unwind on a beach, immerse yourself in local culture or enjoy a little bit of both in complete luxury, we have a Malaysia holiday type to suit you.
Malaysia Travel Advice and Ideas
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Things to do in Malaysia
Get to the top of the Petronas Towers
The Petronas towers are the iconic centrepiece of Kuala Lumpur, and indeed, Malaysia. At 88 floors high they are the tallest twin towers in the world, venture to the top of the towers for the best view of the city.
Hike through the Cameron highlands
The Cameron highlands have a pleasant, temperate, climate with daytime temperatures consistently in the mid-twenties. In British colonial times this was an area in which the British grew and exported tea, a tradition which continues today. Walk amongst the rolling hills and watch the pickers work methodically through the fields selecting the very best leaves – one of the most scenic places to do this is Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate. It’s not only tea that brings visitors to this region, the Cameron highlands has some excellent hiking opportunities, most notably the Mossy Forest and trek up to Thompson falls.
Sample the cuisine in Penang
One of the things that you will realise on your holiday to Malaysia is that Malaysian’s take their food very seriously. Perhaps nowhere epitomises this more than Penang. Situated in the North West corner of peninsular Malaysia – not far from the Thai border – this island has historically been a mélange of different cultures. Goods were traded here from “the East” to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. As a result, the area has a thriving art scene and one of the most famous street food scenes in the world – browse through the stalls and chew your way through Laksas, Mee Goreng, Popiah and Roti dishes.
Laze on the beach in the Perhentian islands
The Perhentian islands are relatively unknown and, luckily, they have not been overdeveloped – although it may be due to the fact that these islands are completely devoid of roads. There are two Perhentian islands – Perhentian Besar – known for luxury travel, and Perhentian Kecil – which has more of a backpacker influence. Whichever island you choose you will be treated to secluded beaches of pure white sand and warm turquoise waters.
Dive in Sipadan
Sipadan is one of the world’s best diving sites and is, as Jacques Cousteau stated, “an untouched piece of art…”. This atoll sits in the middle of the Celebes sea and is a magnet for marine life – some of the things that can be seen here are Reef sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Manta Rays, Barracuda and a variety of turtles. If you cannot dive here, make sure that you don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater riches on your Malaysian holiday.
Ride the Langkawi Cable Car
To the far North of Peninsula Malaysia, sitting in the Malacca straight, is Langkawi – home to beautifl natural landscapes, expansive parks and the Langkawi Sky Bridge and Cable Car. The cable car takes patrons on a journey to the top of Mount Mat Cincang, where there are views of Langkawi’s dense rainforest landscapes, small islets and waterfalls.
Things to see in Malaysia
Found on the island of Borneo is Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in South East Asia – is a must see, even if you are not feeling up to climbing it. Mount Kinabalu’s jagged plateau rises up through the clouds like a crown. Those who are daring enough to attempt the climb will be treated to a unique cloud forest environment which contains 4,500 different species of flora and fauna, including the world’s largest flower – Rafflesia.
Fancy hiking through virgin rainforest dating back 130 million years? Then you can’t go wrong by visiting Taman Negara national park on your holiday to Malaysia. Here you can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities including trekking, caving, fishing, camping and walking along the world’s longest canopy walkway.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Malaysia is split into peninsula Malaysia and Bornean Malaysia. On the Malaysian Borneo side is some of the most incredible wildlife and scenery you are likely to see in the world. Known for its dramatic Karst caves and peaks like the Deer Cave, home to over 3 million bats, or the striking pinnacles jabbing through the rainforest.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
This extravagant building has been part of Kuala Lumpur since its beginning. The Islamic aesthetics are beautiful and consist of copper domed spires and open spiral staircases.
Orang Utans in Borneo
Although their plight has been well documented through various nature documentaries but nothing can compare to seeing them in the wild. The only great apes native to Asia orangutans share 97% of their DNA with humans and it’s impossible not to feel an affection towards these curious animals.
When to Go to Malaysia
Located just above the equator, Malaysia experiences an equatorial climate, bringing hot and humid weather, with the occasional burst of rain. This means that there’s always sunshine somewhere, making Malaysia a year-round destination. Malaysia experiences just two seasons, the West Coast monsoon and the East Coast monsoon.
More About Malaysia
Capital city: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Vaccinations: We recommend visiting your doctor or our Travel Clinic six weeks before travelling. Travellers from the UK to Malaysia are recommended to be vaccinated for MMR, DTaP, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
Flight time: The London to Kuala Lumpur flight time is 13 hours, 10 minutes.
Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa if staying for under 90 days.