Langkawi and Penang
The west coast offers a perfect example of Malaysia’s multiculturalism including intriguing delights with the islands of Penang and Langkawi.
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.
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.
Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.
A selection of experiences and activities available to include in your holiday to Malaysia.
Come face to face with orangutan in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo and learn about conservation efforts to save the species. Spend time observing them at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah or Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak.
Explore ‘the butterfly capital of the world’ with over 1,600 species – the UK has 65.
For the fit, but novice mountaineer, climb Mount Kinabalu, which stands at 4,093 metres, and watch the sunrise from the summit.
Soak up the atmosphere at the night market in Penang and set your taste buds alight with the delights of Malaysian cuisine.
Step back in time at Terrapuri on Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, and stay in a restored villa with stunning views towards the Perhentian Islands and Redang.
Spot proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and orangutans on a boat safari along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo.
Stay at Tanjong Jara where every year between April and September turtle come to lay their eggs.
Board the iconic E&O train to journey between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Head below water to a host of excellent dive sites along the east coast of Malaysia as well as the waters off Malaysian Borneo.
Trek to waterfalls and villages of the Orang Asli tribes, indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in Malaysia and our experts have first hand knowledge of many of them. Here are a few of our favourites but talk to us to find a property that suits your style and budget.
Situated within the tropical lowland rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers 31 timber chalets and a true jungle experience. Deluxe chalets have a balcony with river or jungle views plus some…View Property
Nestled in ancient rainforest metres away from the tranquil shores of Datai Bay. The 121 rooms, villas and suites all make the most of the surrounding scenery, with some located literally in the tree tops, others…View Property
Pangkor Laut is a private, rainforest-covered island of just under 300 acres. Choose to stay over the water, on the beach or in one of the hillside villas. All 140 rooms and suites are spacious and…View Property
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT.
Direct flights to the capital Kuala Lumpur take around 13 hours.
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.
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.
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