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Hornbill,Borneo, Malaysia

Malaysia

Dense rainforest trails and bustling city streets – Malaysia offers something for wherever your feet want to take you. Step up and try our group photography tour in the Danum Valley to watch art and nature combine.

Malaysia’s diverse cultural history has led to an open-minded approach to tourism, with a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures together with the indigenous tribes.

This diversity means that when you visit Malaysia you’re treated to varied architecture, culture and of course delicious cuisines. From the skyscrapers and modernity of Kuala Lumpur to the dense rainforests of both Borneo and the mainland, a Malaysia holiday encapsulates South-East Asia in its entirety.

Gibbon monkeys, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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What to expect on your Malaysia holiday

Malaysia offers the visitor endless beaches, colonial hill stations, dense primary rainforest, tea plantations, UNESCO cities and incredibly diverse wildlife. Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the northern part of it belongs to Malaysia. It is here that you can find the iconic orangutan.

Explore Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Taman Negara National Park
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Penang
  • Langkawi
  • Perhentian Islands
  • Sabah
  • Sarawak

Experiences

A selection of experiences and activities available to include in your holiday to Malaysia.

Orangutan Experience

Come face to face with Asia’s only great ape, the iconic orangutan, in the rainforests of Borneo.

Malaysia’s Butterflies

Explore ‘the butterfly capital of the world’ with over 1,600 species – the UK has 65.

Climb Mount Kinabalu

For the fit, but novice mountaineer, climb Mount Kinabalu, which stands at 4,093 metres, and watch the sunrise from the summit.

Night Markets

Soak up the atmosphere at the night market in Penang and set your taste buds alight with the delights of Malaysian cuisine.

Terrapuri

Step back in time at Terrapuri and stay in a restored villa with stunning views towards the Perhentian Islands and Redang.

Kinabatangan River Safari

Spot proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and orangutans on a boat safari along the Kinabatangan River.

Turtle Nesting

Stay at Tanjong Jara whose beach welcome turtles every year between April and September to lay their eggs.

Eastern & Oriental Express

Board the iconic E&O train to journey between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Diving

Head below water in a host of excellent dive sites along the east coast of Malaysia as well as the waters off Malaysian Borneo.

Meet the Orang Asli People

Trek to waterfalls and villages of the Orang Asli tribes.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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Frequently asked questions about Malaysia

What are the rules on dress code?

With Islam being the most popular religion in Malaysia, the dress code should be respected especially when visiting religious sites. Women must cover up bare shoulders, legs and avoid tight-fitting clothing, especially when in less touristy areas.

What should I see when visiting the country?

For those who enjoy the buzz of city life then the capital city Kuala Lumpur is an exotic and exciting scene where modern skyscrapers and colonial architecture live side by side along with its multi-cultural residents. If you are wanting to escape the hubbub and stress of daily life then the island of Langkawi, with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, is the perfect place to unwind.

Is Malaysia safe to travel around?

Malaysia is safe to travel around easily without any problems concerning safety. However, like any tourist destination, smaller crimes such as pick-pocketing do occur. Keep a close eye on belongings when out in larger crowds and leave any valuables at home.

Is the street food safe to eat in Malaysia?

The food is one of the highlights of any trip in South East Asia. On the whole the food is generally safe, although we always advise eating at busy stalls which are popular with the locals. This way you know the food is not only safe, but the best. You also get to rub shoulders with the local people this way.

Is Malaysia safe to travel around?

Malaysia is safe to travel around easily without any problems concerning safety. However, like any tourist destination smaller crimes such as pick-pocketing do occur. Keep a close eye on belongings when out in larger crowds and leave any valuables at home.

Can I use my mobile phone in Malaysia?

Using your mobile in Malaysia is possible, although charges will be high. Pre-paid SIM cards are available and provide a less expensive way of making calls.

What is the international dialling code for Malaysia?

60

What is the time zone in Malaysia?

Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT.

How long are the flights to Malaysia from the UK?

Direct flights to the capital Kuala Lumpur take around 13 hours.

Is alcohol available?

Alcohol is available throughout the country, especially in cities and tourist areas, although drinking is not a huge part of the culture. Look out for the local beers on offer, similar to those found all over South East Asia.

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