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Malaysia

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Malaysia tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Malaysia is a 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,  while on the east coast, dazzling beaches offer plenty of sun-kissed relaxation. The other half 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 guarantees a truly memorable adventure.

Malaysia's Natural world

With its mix of jungles, mountains and coast, Malaysia's natural world is as diverse as it is spectacular. At the heart of the peninsula, the ancient rainforests of Taman Negara are among the oldest on Earth, while to the east, the sandy beaches of the Perhentian Islands are home leatherback turtles, who come to lay their eggs far from the crowds. But, the real star of the show surely lies across the sea on the island of Borneo, where rivers snake between verdant jungles and orangutans and proboscis monkeys clamber through the canopy as dazzling hornbills swoop overhead. And, on the coast, pristine coral-reef islands host a dizzying variety of marine life.  


Orangutans, Borneo

History, people & culture

Malaysia's location on the sea route between India and China made it a major port of call from traders and settlers. In 1405, the Chinese established the port of Malacca as a supply base, which in turn led to European interest in the region. Indeed, the Portuguese, Dutch and British each held Malacca for a time, while the British East India Company also leased Penang, which became another strategic post. It's all seen today in the country's wealth of architectural styles as well as the large Indian and Chinese populations, which make cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang so vibrant.


Penang, Malaysia

A taste of the country

Eating out in Malaysia is a chance to try a wealth of Asian flavours. Dishes from the three main communities – Chinese, Indian and Malay – and others inspired by the tastes of neighbouring Indonesia and Thailand reveal the sheer breadth of culinary influences. Rice, satay and creamy coconut curries are Malay staples, with beef rendang being a particularly popular dish. Banana leaf curries and roti bread are typically Indian, while noodles and dim sum are among the Chinese favourites. And, be sure to try 'Nyonya' cuisine, which mixes Malay and Chinese in dishes such as laksa – a spicy noodle soup. 


Street market, Kota Bharu

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
14 hours

Time zone
GMT +8

Currency
Ringgit (RM) = 100 sen

Language
Bahasa Malaysia

Travel advice
None

Special offers in Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,145 pp incl. flights

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offer

Includes 2 FREE nights – Save up to £655 pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

This 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 northwest coast.

Eastern & Oriental Express passing over the Bridge over the River Kwai

Eastern & Oriental Express Asia Classic

11-day luxury rail journey from £3,395 pp incl. flights

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offer

Flight & Rail offer – Save up to £385 pp
Book by: 15 September 2019

Sweep through misted jungles, explore on expert-led excursions and indulge with restaurant-car fine dining – this is Southeast Asia’s finest rail journey.

Skyline, Singapore

Singapore To Sydney on Silver Muse

21-day cruise from £12,660 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Save 10% and 25% Solo Fares

Departing from one of the most progressive cities in the world, set sail for 18 days of adventure and discovery. This voyage is a tapestry of blue; from sea to sky imbibe in a palette of colour as never seen before.

Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

Top itineraries in Malaysia

Orangutan, Borneo

Wild Borneo Adventure

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,335 pp incl. flights

Spot orangutans and proboscis monkeys on rainforest treks and cruise past pygmy elephants on a longboat, all on this comprehensive Borneo itinerary.

Orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia

Wildlife of Borneo

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,555 pp incl. flights

Explore the best of Malaysian Borneo on this tailor-made adventure, from the tribal culture of Batang Ai to the wildlife-rich regions of Kinabatangan and the remote Danum Valley.

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

Penang & the Malaysian Peninsula

11-day tailor-made independent tour from £2,060 pp incl. flights

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.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Best of Borneo & Gaya Island

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,805 pp incl. flights

Borneo’s delights are twofold – pristine island paradises and some of the world’s best wildlife viewing. And, this comprehensive route showcases all of its highlights, with the river cruises and jungle treks of a private safari paired with a luxury beach resort.

Top places to stay in Malaysia

Matsu Restaurant, Lone Pine, Penang

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…

Beach at Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort, Malaysian Borneo

Contemporary resort

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.

Golden Sands Penang main building and pool

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.

Pangor Laut Resort

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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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…

Perhentian islands, Malaysia

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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