Malaysia tailor-made holidays
An astonishing variety of cultures, religions, wildlife and landscapes can be found on a Malaysia holiday to this fascinating country of two halves. On one side of the South China Sea lies the Malay Peninsula, where most of the population lives, a mix of Malays, Indians and Chinese.
Here, the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur provide a striking contrast to the tea plantations of the cool Cameron Highlands, or the quiet sandy beaches of the Perhentian Islands, on which leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs well away from the crowds.
The other half of the country is on the northern part of the island of Borneo, where the states of Sabah and Sarawak reveal a wild, untamed side. Travelling to both halves in the course of a tailor-made holiday in Malaysia guarantees a varied and highly memorable experience.
At a glance
Top itineraries in Malaysia
Pair the cultural riches of Kuala Lumpur with a five-star stay on Malaysia's tropical east coast. Here, at your indulgent beachfront hotel, you'll relax with spa treatments and gourmet dining, all the while looking out to sweeping, palm-framed views of the South China Sea.
From Europe to the Far East, myriad influences play out across peninsular Malaysia’s colonial towns, city greats and island beaches. You’ll showcase the best of it all with bijou stays, private transfers and exclusive touring, ranging from rainforest cruises to tea tasting in the Cameron Highlands.
Watch turtles hatch on a beach, spot orangutans on rainforest treks and cruise past pygmy elephants on a longboat, all on this comprehensive Borneo itinerary. Throughout, you’ll enjoy everything from luxury beach stays to guided touring from local experts.
Top places to stay in Malaysia
Airy, modern rooms and great sea views are among the draws at Lone Pine, a luxury boutique hotel in Batu Ferringhi, a popular beach town on the Malaysian island of Penang. Renewed and restored, this Eastern & Oriental property has retained the colonial feel that has made it one of Penang's most cap…
Gaya Island Resort is located off the coast of Borneo on Pulau Gaya, near Kota Kinabalu. It's a stunning setting of coral reefs and fringing golden-sand beaches, protected mangroves, dense rainforest and rocky outcrops.
The Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La is a top luxury resort for families, situated on the stunning beachfront of Batu Feringgion the north coast of Penang, a twenty-minute drive from the pretty colonial city of Georgetown.
Where to go in Malaysia
Malacca is perhaps the most obvious stop-off between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore; a place squabbled over by empires, which retains a sense of its colonial past.
It's been a hectic hundred years for Kuala Lumpur. In this time the former tin-mining shantytown has transformed into a heaving 21st century metropolis - a medley of mosques, museums and markets, temples and towers.
Few places in the world are as wild, remote and resource-rich as its third largest island, Borneo. Surrounded by the Java, Celebes, Sulu and South China seas, this eden-like environment combines some of the world's oldest rainforests and cloud-shrouded granite peaks with a biodiversity matched by v…
When to go to Malaysia
"A tree with strong roots laughs at storms."Malay proverb Aside from Perlis and the northern tip of Kelantan around Khota Bharu, which have a short dry season from January to February, Malaysia has a tropical climate with temperatures and rainfall largely unchanged throughout the year. Daily averages range from 22 to 32°C, with temperatures in the hill resorts a little cooler during the day, and a comfortable 10°C at night. The wettest seasons are March to May and October to December, with monthly average rainfall in the range of 25cm. The driest months are June and July, with about half that rainfall. On the resorts of the east coast, …
The glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express is unparalleled when it comes to epic journeys through the exotic Malay Peninsula. We share its highlights, from fine Asian dining and five-star service to speeding past Thailand’s temples and Malaysia’s tropical rainforests.
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