From Kuala Lumpur’s skyscrapers to the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands; Malaysia is a mythical country boasting unspoilt nature, endless beaches and rich culture. Explore a land of extreme contrasts, beautiful architecture and fascinating history for an unforgettable trip.
If you’re a nature lover, you’re sure to love learning about the conservation of orang-utans at Sepilok in Borneo; or perhaps you’re after an adrenaline rush, in which case we recommend taking a ride on Langkawi’s cable car for panoramic views. Round off your trip by learning more about the cultural heritage of Malacca or George Town in Penang, known for their stunning buildings and Chinese temples.
With so much of Malaysia to explore, why stick to just one location? Start your trip in Kuala Lumpur before island hopping to Penang and Langkawi for the perfect mix of city buzz, colonial charm and beautiful beaches.
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 two 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.
Most bills include a 10 percent service charge and five percent government tax. Further tips are not expected, but are becoming more common in tourist areas. One or two Malaysian Ringgits is fine for hotel porters, and taxi drivers will be happy if you round the fare up to the nearest Malaysian Ringgit.
Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country or area. For full details, please contact your GP.
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.
The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit, often referred to as the Malaysian Dollar. You can buy them in the UK, but you can only take 1,000 Ringgits in cash in and out of Malaysia. There is no limit to the amount you can take in foreign currency or traveller's cheques, and UK Pounds are the easiest currency to exchange. When you get there, you can change money in commercial banks and major hotels. It may be more difficult to exchange foreign currencies outside the main tourist areas.
MasterCard, Visa and American Express are widely accepted, although you should carry cash in rural areas. Cash machines are found in all cities and most accept international cards from major issuers like Visa and MasterCard, but remember to tell your bank that you are travelling to Malaysia. Traveller's cheques are accepted by banks, hotels, and large department stores.