Malaysia has a vibrant mix of oriental culture – it is a true melting pot that offers a perfect fusion of Chinese, Indian and Malay customs and cultures, with a smattering of Dutch colonial art and architecture. Its cities are the ideal blend of old and new, classical and contemporary, with modern skylines in Kuala Lumpur mixed with perfect examples of colonial architecture in Malacca and George Town. Its landscape is just as varied, ranging from the palm-fringed, perfect white-sand beaches of Langkawi, to the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands and the wild jungles of Borneo. The country is also renowned for its award-winning hotels, like The Datai and the private Pangkor Laut island resort, as well as for its equally-famous spas at Tanjong Jara and the Spa Village at Pangkor.
- Visit the stunning tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands
- Relax on the beautiful beaches of Langkawi and the private island of Pangkor Laut
- Explore the temples and historical sites of Penang
- Trek though the jungles of Borneo and spot orangutans.
- Dive in one of the worlds best spots at Sipadan Island
- Visit the oldest primary rain forest in the world at Taman Negara
- Climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu
- Explore the sights of the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur
- Marvel at the historic buildings and ancient landmarks of Malacca
- Relax on the stunning beaches of Terengganu on the East Coast
Malaysia generally has a humid, tropical climate year round, characterised by high year-round temperatures and only two distinct seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.
Rainy Season for the different regions as follows:
West coast – May to October
East coast – September to December
Kuala Lumpur – March to April and September to November
Borneo – November to February
Best time to go
Trying to figure out the best time to go really depends on where you are travelling to. Popular destinations like Langkawi is fantastic when the dry season is from December to February, where as Borneo is best from March to April.
- Capital – Kuala Lumpur
- Currency – Ringgit
- Point of Entry – Kuala Lumpur
- Airlines – Malaysian Airlines
- Flying Time – 12 hrs 25 mins
- Time Zone – GMT + 7 hrs
- Visa – Not required
- Taxis in Kuala Lumpur are cheap and plentiful so don't plan on walking from site to site in the humidity.
10 Day Family-Friendly Malaysia
From £5,389 per family based on 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12 yrs)
Duration: 10 days
Enjoy some quality time as a family on this fun-filled holiday to Malaysia. With visits to the bustling capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the relaxing beaches of Langkawi, as well as the Cameron Highlands, there is sure to be something to please everyone on this exciting getaway. Enjoy a trip up the tow...
12 Day Borneo Beach & Adventure
From £2,115 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 12 days
Malaysia offers a fantastic mix of modern cities, ancient culture and wild landscapes. From the bustling city you'll head to the jungles of Borneo for fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities - not to mention the colourful birdlife! Walk, hike or simply enjoy the sounds of the lush forest. Then ...
13 Day Peninsular Malaysia Tour
From £1,960 per person based on two people sharing a room
Duration: 13 days
Malaysia is made up of a vast mix of religions and races combining Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups who all live together in harmony. The countryside itself is as diverse and is spread across 11 states with varying scenes and sights to behold. The key attractions are in its bust...
Cameron Highlands Resort
The Cameron Highlands Resort provides an ideal stopover between Kuala Lumpur and Pangkor Laut and stays cool and comfortable at an altitude 1500 metres above sea level. The resort is surrounded by tea plantations and strawberry fields and features lush countryside views.
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Majestic Hotel dates back to 1932 and remains one of the leading hotels of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is known for its glamorous social calendar, government receptions, and luxurious guest rooms.
Shangri La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Shangri La Hotel is a newly renovated 5 star hotel located in the centre of the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur but still manages to provide a peaceful sanctuary for guests as it is set in beautiful tropical gardens. This property offers premium elegance and comfort as well as a number of award win...
Villa Samadhi is located in a quiet residential area within Kuala Lumpur and offers 21 suites surrounding a large lagoon pool. Some suites have a kitchen while others have a private garden. The hotel's concierge service can assist guests with organising activities.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
The Mandarin Oriental is located in the centre of the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur and offers great access to temples, mosques, markets, and museums. It is near Little India, Chinatown, and the Petronas Twin Towers. The hotel offers a children's activity programme and a host of suites and rooms.
The Danna is located minutes away from the wonders of Langkawi with its white sand, blue sea, and tropical rainforest. This five storey hotel offers views of the sea, the forest, the marina, the mountains, and the central courtyard and has the largest three-tiered infinity pool on the island.
The Andaman is located magnificently between a 10 million year old rainforest and a beautiful beach fringed by an 8000 year old coral reef. This resort is ideal for individuals, couples, and families and features spectacular views over Datai Bay and the Andaman Sea.
The Majestic Malacca
The Majestic Malacca is the ideal base from which to explore the ancient trading empire that was Malacca. The centre of a lucrative spice trade, the old sultanate was visited by Arab and Chinese merchants and later influenced by the cultures of the Portuguese, Dutch and British who combined all left...
Pangkor Laut Island
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Resort is a privately owned island property that is ideal for a true "get away from it all" experience. The resort offers pristine beaches including the acclaimed Emerald Bay, Malaysian style villas over the water or hidden in the forest, 7 restaurants, spa treatments, an...
Shangri La Tanjung Aru
Enter into paradise at Shangri La Tanjung Aru, a magnificent coastal resort in Borneo that offers rooms with every modern facility. The resort is located on the beach allowing guests to sail, swim, windsurf, and enjoy a host of other water based activities. Combining this excellent beachsi...
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort is one the newest resorts in the area and is only accessible by boat within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabulu. The resort offers beautifully decorated suites made from local materials with spectacular views of the surrounding area. As well as the us...
Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort
Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort is a beautiful beach resort in a tropical setting on 400 acres overlooking the Pantai Dalit Bay. This resort is ideal for nature lovers as just on its borders is a nature reserve which is home to rescued orangutans as well as a host of other animals and birds that can be v...
Tanjong Jara Resort
The Tanjong Jara Resort is a sister property to Pangkor Laut on the East Coast of Malaysia. The resort is styled using traditional 17th century Malay architecture, winning it many prestigious awards. The resort offers four dining experiences, a spa and rooms featuring private decks or balconies that...