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Malaysia

Malaysia tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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

Flying time from UK
14 hours

Time Zone
GMT +8

Currency
Ringgit (RM) = 100 sen

Language
Bahasa Malaysia

Visa
None

Where to go in Malaysia

Malacca

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.

Kuala Lumpur

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.

Borneo

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…

Malaysia's East Coast

Top class diving and snorkelling are among the charms of the Malay Peninsula's east coast. The east remains a less-travelled part of the country, but has plenty to offer - not least its stunning and largely unspoilt offshore islands, lined by some of the country's best beaches.

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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, …

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Top itineraries in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi

12-day tailor-made journey from £1,795 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £765 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

This 12-day, two-centre holiday combines Malaysia's cosmopolitan capital Kuala Lumpur with a weeklong stay on Langkawi - a palm-fringed island paradise on the country's beautiful west coast.

Wildlife of Borneo

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,055 pp incl. flights

Explore Malaysian Borneo; a region renowned for its wildlife, a holiday here will reward you with a myriad of encounters with some of the world's most iconic species.

Borneo Adventure

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,255 pp incl. flights

This 14-day Borneo adventure, starting in Kuching and ending in Kota Kinabalu, takes in just some of the region's many highlights, giving visitors a taste of both Sabah and Sarawak and the chance to see first hand some of the region's abundant wildlife, stunning landscapes and fascinating culture.

Kuala Lumpur & Gaya Island

8-day tailor-made beach holidays

This eight-day itinerary takes in the delights of Malaysia's intoxicating capital Kuala Lumpur, before heading east to the mystical island of Borneo where you'll spend eight memorable nights on beautiful Gaya Island in the heart of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park on Sabah's northern coast.

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Top places to stay in Malaysia

Lone Pine, Penang

Contemporary hotel

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, Malaysian Borneo

Contemporary resort

The new Gaya Island Resort is located off the coast of Borneo on Pulau Gaya, near Kota Kinabalu,Surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with golden sandy beaches, protected mangroves and rocky outcrops.

Golden Sands Resort, Penang

Accommodation

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca & Pangkor Laut

Accommodation

Venture to some of Malaysia’s less well-known highlights in order to see a side of the country usually missed by visitors focussing solely on the islands of Langkawi and Penang.

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Special offers in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi

12-day tailor-made journey from £1,795 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £765 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

This 12-day, two-centre holiday combines Malaysia's cosmopolitan capital Kuala Lumpur with a weeklong stay on Langkawi - a palm-fringed island paradise on the country's beautiful west coast.

Kuala Lumpur & Pangkor Laut

8-day tailor-made beach holidays from £1,390 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free two night stopover in Kuala Lumpur
Book by: 31 March 2017

This eight-day twin-centre holiday combines two nights in bustling, cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur with five nights at the idyllic, intimate retreat on Pangkor Laut, a secluded island resort on Malaysia's tropical west coast.

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Malaysia articles

  • Made in Malaysia

    A guide to the best of Malaysia's remarkable nature, wildlife, beaches, cities, hotels and resorts. Look at the very best of this remarkable country, looking at adventure and nature, beach holidays and city stopovers.

  • Adventures beyond the beach

    Don't like spending all your time on the beach? Take a look at our favourite places on the planet for combining a beach holiday with adventures and expeditions.

  • Top ten South East Asian beach resorts

    A guide to the best beach resorts in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia Whether you're diving into the crystalline waters of Indonesia's volcanic, coral-fringed islands, basking beneath towering limestone cliffs on the secluded white-sand bays of Thailand's Andaman Coast, or sippi…

  • 100-year anniversary of Alfred Russel Wallace’s death

    To mark the 100-year anniversary of pioneering explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace's death, the Natural History Museum has unveiled a statue of the man credited with the co-discovery of the theory of evolution by natural selection.

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