Malaysia is an underrated gem, blessed with pristine beaches, colonial history and rainforests filled with an impressive array of natural wonders and wildlife. Home to many nationalities and cultures including Malay, Chinese, Indian and European, foodies will be in heaven with their range of eclectic cuisine. Discover skyscrapers and fine dining in Kuala Lumpur or venture to Penang for stunning architecture and bustling markets. For the adventurous, head to Borneo to see the endangered Orang-Utan.

  • Cameron Highlands

    Cameron Highlands

    Cameron Highlands is a scenic hill station in Malaysia known for its cool climate, tea plantations, and strawberry farms. It’s a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers seeking breathtaking views and fresh mountain air.

  • Danum Valley

    Danum Valley

    Danum Valley is a pristine rainforest in Sabah, home to a diverse range of flora & fauna, including orangutans and pygmy elephants. It’s a popular destination for ecotourism, offering breathtaking landscapes and a unique jungle experience.

  • George Town

    George Town

    George Town is a historic city on the island of Penang, known for its vibrant street art, multicultural heritage, and great food. Perfect for those seeking a blend of colonial & contemporary architecture and unique cultural experiences.

  • Kota Kinabalu

    Kota Kinabalu

    Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah, Malaysia, known for its stunning beaches, beautiful islands, and vibrant markets. It’s a popular destination for activities like hiking and snorkeling, offering a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.

  • Kuala Lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, a vibrant metropolis with a mix of modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks. It’s known for its diverse culture, delicious food, and bustling nightlife.

  • Kuching

    Kuching

    Kuching, is a treasure trove of cultural and natural delights. From historic landmarks and vibrant markets to lush parks and nearby rainforests, the city offers a unique blend of urban and outdoor experiences. You must discover the beauty of this hidden gem

  • Langkawi

    Langkawi

    Langkawi, a tropical archipelago on Malaysia’s west coast, is a paradise of stunning beaches and lush rainforests. With plenty of outdoor activities and vibrant nightlife, it’s a perfect destination for adventure and relaxation.

  • Malacca

    Malacca

    Malacca, a historic city on Malaysia’s west coast, is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. With charming colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and delicious food, it’s a perfect destination for cultural immersion and culinary exploration.

  • Penang

    Penang

    Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ Penang island is a melting pot of Asian cultures. Start in George Town and head to spots like Tanjung Bungah beach, Penang Hill, The Tropical Spice Garden, Penang National Park and immerse yourself in this island.

  • Sepilok

    Sepilok

    Sepilok, in Sabah, Malaysia, is a sanctuary for orphaned orangutans and other endangered wildlife. With opportunities to witness feeding sessions and jungle treks, it’s a perfect destination for animal lovers and ecotourists.

Browse through our itineraries for inspiration. This is just a starting point for your plans so please do get in touch to design one that will meet your exact specifications.

 

  • Malaysia & Borneo Family Holiday

    Days: 13 Type: Tailor Made itineraries
    This itinerary which covers both mainland Malaysia along with the incredible Borneo provides the perfect mix. With city time in Kuala Lumpur, rainforest and wildlife time in Borneo and then beach time in Kota Kinabalu. It's a great itinerary to suit so many people!

Planning your trip

There are direct flights to Kuala Lumpur with British Airways and Malaysia Airways from london. Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds also have daily flights with one stop. All itineraries will include a private car with driver and English speaking guide which is the best and most efficient way to travel.

Quick country facts

  • Recommended airlines
    British Airways direct, Emirates via Dubai, Malaysian Airlines direct, Singapore Airlines via Singapore and Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong.
  • Flight time
    Around 13 -16 hours dependent on airline or length of connection.
  • Time zone:
    GMT +7
  • Visa requirements:
    Free Visa on arrival 30 day stay (UK passport)

Accommodation and costs
There are plenty of options across Malaysia with many different styles of properties ranging from large hotels with lots of facilities such as kids clubs etc to boutique properties offering a more intimate and private setting. Colonial buildings are found all across Malaysia offering a stay with charm and character. Hotels can be booked fairly reasonably compared to other countries especially if you choose an independent boutique brand, for which there are many.

How long to stay
With the time taken to get here, 10 days would be the minimum we’d recommend in Malaysia. A short city stopover is also highly recommended in places such as Singapore, which can be done either at the beginning or the end of the trip. In two weeks, you can discover colonial Malaysia and end on a stunning beach or island hop your way from the west to the east coast.

Weather and when to go
Malaysia, dependent on which coast you visit has two different seasons. The West and East Coast act very differently in terms of weather and rainfall and so it is important to visit at the right time. The best time to visit the West Coast is between October and March and the best time to visit the East Coast is between May and August. April and September and transitional months between the two and so if you wish to visit both coasts of Malaysia, these are the best months to go.

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