Malaysia is a mythical country boasting unspoilt nature, endless white sand beaches and rich cultures that blend together to create a vibrant mix of customs, festivals and gastronomic delights. Malaysia offers you the opportunity to explore a land of extreme contrasts, the excitement of Kuala Lumpur, the architecture and history of Penang, Langkawi's luxurious beaches and the endangered orang-utans of Borneo. A Malaysia holiday has something for everyone.
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Orang-utans: They may be close to extinction, but these friendly monkeys have become Borneo's biggest tourist draw. Interact with baby orang-utans at the rehabilitation sanctuary at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria or venture further afield to Sarawak for your chance to adopt one for a year!
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur: Modern and exciting, Kuala Lumpur offers a contrast of colonial charm, modern transport systems and mosques. However, Kuala Lumpur is arguably better known for its glamorous and vast shopping centres, particularly in Bukit Bintang. With a rapidly expanding retail industry catering for every taste and budget, you really can 'shop till you drop'!
Island Escapes: Malaysia's East Coast holds some of the best beaches in South East Asia, with tropical rainforest and coral reefs home to stunning plants and marine life. Whether you seek historical charm in the bustling streets of Kuantan, the waterfalls and jungles of Tioman or the beach paradise of Terengganu, these hidden gems will not disappoint.
Cameron Highlands and Malacca: For quaint little villages, manicured gardens and a cool climate, head to Cameron Highlands. Unchanged since colonial times, the tea plantations here form part of the stunning scenery. Alternatively take a trip to Malacca, the oldest trading port in Malaysia which has undergone Portuguese, Dutch and English rule and still retains much of its old character.
Turtle Island: Don't miss your chance of seeing the green turtles off Sandakan! No matter what time of the year you visit, the show on display is unique, whether you see the adult females nesting in the sand, or the young hatchlings trying to make their way to the ocean. As accommodation on the island is scarce we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
When to go
Temperature Range: 22°C - 35°C
Most popular: December - March
Best value: April - June and August - November
Best weather: December - March (West Coast) and June - July (East Coast).
Direct flights: Malaysia Airlines
Indirect flights: Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and KLM.
Visa information: None for British citizens
Health information: Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.
Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
When To Go
April to June and August to November offer the best value, as this coincides with the rainy season. Although this means sunbathing time may be limited, rainy season is actually the best time to spot the green turtles as they come out to lay their eggs.
Best Time to Go
Any time. Malaysia enjoys tropical temperatures all year round (averaging 28°C). The West Coast is best enjoyed between December and March and the East Coast is best between June and July. November to Febuary is the rainy season in Borneo and the East coast.
The most popular time to visit Malaysia is between December to March.
Malaysia enjoys hot weather all year round, however the hottest months of the year are February to June when temperatures can reach 35°C.
Malaysia has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 28°C year round and high relative humidity. Variations in rainfall can be extreme and the wettest season is different for the East and West Coast. The rainy season for the East Coast and Borneo occurs between November and February, while the rainy season for the West Coast occurs between May and October.
Malaysia Travel Information
There are a number of airlines flying into Kuala Lumpur with onward connections available to Penang, Langkawi and Borneo. Flight time to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 12 hours 30 minutes.
Direct Carriers: Malaysia Airlines offers 2 flights per day direct to Kuala Lumpur.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and KLM.
Departure Taxes: Departure taxes are included in the price of flight tickets.
Fastest Flight Time: 13hrs (London Heathrow - Kuala Lumpur)
British Passport holders are not required a visa to enter Malaysia for tourist stays up to 30 days only. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Malaysia. Please contact the Malaysian Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 235 8033.
How to obtain a visa
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