Adult Male Orangutan in the wild nature. Borneo. Indonesia

Malaysia Holidays

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.

What to expect on your Malaysia holiday

Synonymous with the mystery of the Far East, Malaysia still conjures visions of rubber trees, sultans, jungles, pirates, head-hunters and exotic beaches but while the pirates and head-hunters have largely retired, the rest remains. Malaysia's endless glorious beaches tend to be the initial lure and there are some truly sensational resorts that will pamper you and cater to your every need. Explore further and you find colonial hill stations, dense primary rainforest, tea plantations and some fascinating wildlife, including the endearing orang-utan. In addition there are the UNESCO sites of George Town and Malacca where four centuries of European influence have left churches, forts, houses and grandiose administrative buildings.

Some ideas for a Malaysia holiday

  • Don’t forget that part of Borneo belongs to Malaysia.
  • Walk trails in the dense rainforest of Taman Negara Park.
  • Spend a few days in the colonial atmosphere of the Cameron Highlands with its waterfalls, tea plantations and local tribes.
  • Journey down the Kinabatangan River in search of proboscis monkey
  • Spend time with Asia's only great ape, the iconic orang-utan.
  • There are glorious beach resorts on all the coasts and some excellent diving.

Beyond the ordinary

  • If you are prepared to rough it, speak to Clare, one of our Travel Experts, about getting off the beaten path and stay with headhunters in a longhouse. Not the usual tourist experience but very much authentic and uncontrived.
  • A private yacht charter to cruise through the pristine islands of Sipidan with world-class diving and turtle nesting.

did you know

  • Malaysia is one of the eco hotspots of the world and a centre of biodiversity with 68% of the world’s coral as compared with 8% in the Caribbean
  • Malaysia has 36% of the world’s marine fish.
  • There are 60 types of mangrove in the world, Malaysia has 48 and Langkawi has 45 (Brazil only has 9).
  • There are over 795 species of birds in Malaysia with 10 types of hornbills.
  • There are 9 species of wildcats.
  • Malaysia is the butterfly capital of the world with over 1684 species in Malaysia (the UK has 65).
  • Malaysia has the Big 5 plus one as it has two types of elephant.

Our Malaysia Holiday Travel Experts

Clare and Amy have a wealth of travel experience and a particular passion for South East Asia. Both have recently returned from a trip to Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo which has only served to enhance their love for this part of the world. 

Making A Difference

If spending some time with orangutans is your prime objective on your holiday to Malaysia then we definitely have the right expertise, not least because of our very close relationship with the Orangutan Foundation.

Malaysia FAQs

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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.
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 the street food safe to eat?
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.
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.


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All our drivers were first-rate and some were very knowledgeable, which was fun. Our guide in Penang was excellent."

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