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Untamed nature and island escapes

From Kuala Lumpur’s skyscrapers to the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands; Malaysia is a mythical country boasting unspoilt nature, endless white sandy 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 and George Town, known for its 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 exploring colonial George Town in Penang before relaxing on Langkawi’s beaches

Our favourite time to go to Malaysia

Weather

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
32°C
165mm
FEB
32°C
157mm
MAR
33°C
236mm
APR
33°C
276mm
MAY
32°C
222mm
JUN
32°C
136mm
JUL
32°C
129mm
AUG
32°C
162mm
SEP
32°C
202mm
OCT
32°C
280mm
NOV
31°C
290mm
DEC
31°C
243mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Kuala Lumpur

Dry Season

 May to September is the dry season in Kuala Lumpur, but rainfall is common in the city all year round. June is statistically the driest month, but even then you can expect drizzle or a shower on more days than not. 

Our Favourite Season

With temperatures varying little from season to season and a risk of showers whenever you go, Kuala Lumpur can be visited year round. May to August tends to see less rainfall, making this our favourite time to go.  

Rainy Season

The rainy season lasts from around October to April but showers can occur at any time; Kuala Lumpur sees rainfall about 200 days a year. The heat and humidity bring occasional thunderstorms, especially in the evenings.  

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
29°C
15mm
FEB
29°C
14mm
MAR
30°C
13mm
APR
30°C
15mm
MAY
31°C
13mm
JUN
31°C
13mm
JUL
30°C
12mm
AUG
31°C
11mm
SEP
31°C
11mm
OCT
30°C
9mm
NOV
30°C
9mm
DEC
29°C
12mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Borneo

Dry Season

While the seasons of Borneo can be generally broken down into wet and dry, Borneo enjoys a tropical climate with rain falling at any time. Throughout the dry season sunny skies are intermittently broken by quick showers, which just as quickly turn back to sunny skies. 

Our Favourite Season

Borneo’s tropical climate offers a mix of sunny skies and rain bursts throughout each day. We particularly love visiting between May and July, when the country celebrates its festivals, or from June to September, when the turtle eggs are hatching. 

Rainy Season

Borneo’s rainy season is a bit of a misnomer, as rain can occur at any time throughout the year. The tropical climate brings sporadic rainfall which returns to sunny skies very quickly. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
32°C
40mm
FEB
33°C
38mm
MAR
34°C
91mm
APR
33°C
187mm
MAY
32°C
291mm
JUN
31°C
279mm
JUL
31°C
280mm
AUG
31°C
305mm
SEP
31°C
380mm
OCT
31°C
370mm
NOV
31°C
222mm
DEC
31°C
70mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Langkawi

Dry Season

The dry season from mid-November to April sees very little rain. With tropical temperatures, clear sunny skies, and pleasant sea breezes, Langkawi is drier than much of Malaysia at this time of year. 

Our Favourite Season

Our favourite time to visit Langkawi is between mid-November and March, when there is less chance of rain. But thanks to the shelter provided by the mainland on one side and Sumatra on the other, Langkawi is a great year-round destination.  

Rainy Season

The rainy season stretches from May to October, but even then you can expect hot sunny days, with short tropical downpours to cool things off in the late afternoon and evening. Langkawi encounters the most rainfall in September and October.  

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
32°C
82mm
FEB
33°C
87mm
MAR
33°C
136mm
APR
33°C
189mm
MAY
32°C
245mm
JUN
32°C
189mm
JUL
32°C
205mm
AUG
32°C
238mm
SEP
31°C
335mm
OCT
32°C
398mm
NOV
31°C
260mm
DEC
32°C
136mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Penang

Dry Season

November to April isn’t exactly a dry season, but rainfall is much lower than for the rest of the year. January and February are the driest months and showers are much more likely at the beginning and end of the season.  

Our Favourite Season

Penang is hot all year round, with little seasonal variation in temperature. But we love to visit from December to March, when rainfall and humidity are at their lowest and sunshine is as close as it gets to guaranteed. 

Rainy Season

May to October sees wetter weather, especially in September and October. Rain falls on at least half of the days of the month at this time of year, although there is still an average of seven hours of sunshine per day. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
31°C
147mm
FEB
31°C
151mm
MAR
32°C
146mm
APR
32°C
192mm
MAY
32°C
145mm
JUN
32°C
100mm
JUL
32°C
117mm
AUG
31°C
131mm
SEP
31°C
182mm
OCT
31°C
265mm
NOV
31°C
270mm
DEC
31°C
205mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Pangkor

Dry Season

From February to September, Pangkor is mostly dry and humid, with sunny days and warm, pleasant evenings. Short showers can occur at any time of the year, but it rarely rains long enough to spoil your day. 

Our Favourite Season

Although temperatures barely change more than a degree or two all year round, we love visiting Pangkor from February to September, when the chance of rain is that little bit lower. February, June, and July tend to be the driest months.  

Rainy Season

Malaysia’s monsoon season lasts from October to February, but the Pangkor area usually escapes the worst of the wet weather. October, November, and December are most likely to see heavy rain. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
32°C
165mm
FEB
32°C
157mm
MAR
33°C
236mm
APR
33°C
276mm
MAY
32°C
222mm
JUN
32°C
136mm
JUL
32°C
129mm
AUG
32°C
162mm
SEP
32°C
202mm
OCT
32°C
280mm
NOV
31°C
290mm
DEC
31°C
243mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Malacca

Dry Season

 May to September is the dry season in Kuala Lumpur, but rainfall is common in the city all year round. June is statistically the driest month, but even then you can expect drizzle or a shower on more days than not. 

Our Favourite Season

With temperatures varying little from season to season and a risk of showers whenever you go, Kuala Lumpur can be visited year round. May to August tends to see less rainfall, making this our favourite time to go.  

Rainy Season

The rainy season lasts from around October to April but showers can occur at any time; Kuala Lumpur sees rainfall about 200 days a year. The heat and humidity bring occasional thunderstorms, especially in the evenings.  

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
29°C
15mm
FEB
29°C
14mm
MAR
30°C
13mm
APR
30°C
15mm
MAY
31°C
13mm
JUN
31°C
13mm
JUL
30°C
12mm
AUG
31°C
11mm
SEP
31°C
11mm
OCT
30°C
9mm
NOV
30°C
9mm
DEC
29°C
12mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Kota Kinabalu

Dry Season

While the seasons of Borneo can be generally broken down into wet and dry, Borneo enjoys a tropical climate with rain falling at any time. Throughout the dry season sunny skies are intermittently broken by quick showers, which just as quickly turn back to sunny skies. 

Our Favourite Season

Borneo’s tropical climate offers a mix of sunny skies and rain bursts throughout each day. We particularly love visiting between May and July, when the country celebrates its festivals, or from June to September, when the turtle eggs are hatching. 

Rainy Season

Borneo’s rainy season is a bit of a misnomer, as rain can occur at any time throughout the year. The tropical climate brings sporadic rainfall which returns to sunny skies very quickly. 

Excursions in and around Malaysia

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Flight 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 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.

Visa Information

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.

Currency

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.

How to get your currency

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.

Currency code

MYR

Tipping

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.

Health

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.

What to pack

Pack to stay comfortable in Malaysia's heat and humidity. Check the monsoon seasons for the area you plan to visit and always take an umbrella and rain jacket in case of showers. Women should cover legs and upper arms away from the beach, and both sexes will create a better impression in trousers rather than shorts. There is no need to bring an electrical adapter; Malaysia uses British-style sockets.

An underwater camera for snorkelling.

Umbrella;

Long sleeved cover-ups for evening;

Cool

lightweight clothing in natural fabrics like cotton or linen;

High factor sunscreen;

Mosquito repellent;

Waterproof jacket;

A wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face;

Swimwear;

Passport;

Comfortable walking shoes for exploring;

Malaysia Specialities

The delicious national cuisine is one of the best parts of any holiday to Malaysia. Dishes often share similarities with Thai and Indonesian food, as well as influences from Europe, China and India; but Malaysian cooking has its own style, packed with lemongrass, chilli, ginger, lime leaves, peanuts, and coconut milk. The Indian and Chinese communities have their own culinary traditions too, like mamak cuisine, imported by Tamil Muslims.

Penang Assam Laksa
This spicy-sour fish noodle broth will have your nose running, but in a good way. Flavoured with flaky mackerel, chilli, lemongrass, ginger, tamarind, mint, onion, and pineapple; this aromatic laksa is a favourite in Penang, as its name suggests.

Nasi Lemak
You will find, and smell, the mouth-wateringly fragrant national dish everywhere you go in Malaysia. Rice is steamed with coconut milk and aromatic pandan leaves, then served with dried anchovies, sambal (a spicy sauce), peanuts, sliced cucumber, and boiled egg on the side, traditionally on a banana leaf.

Rendang Daging

Deeply infused with coconut and lemongrass, this slow-cooked, tender beef dish is well worth the wait. Also flavoured with galangal, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli paste, tamarind, and coconut sugar, it is often served at festivals with lemang; sticky rice, and coconut milk grilled in bamboo. 

Street Food

Some of Malaysia’s best eats can be found right at the roadside; the mouth-watering result of this country’s multi-ethnic culture. Street food hotspots include Pasar Malam market and Jonkers Street in Malacca, George Town in Penang, Gaya Street and the central market in Kota Kinabalu, and Chinatown and Little India in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s foodie mecca. Be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh, and cooked right in front of you.

Nasi Goreng 
A real favourite at street stalls and night markets, this dish is made with pre-cooked rice and ingredients like shrimp, crab, beef, vegetables, or scrambled egg. It is stir-fried in a wok and seasoned with flavours like cumin, curry powder, chilli paste, soy or oyster sauce.

Roti Canai
Tasty and cheap, you will find this Indian-influenced flatbread everywhere you go, usually served with a spicy curry sauce. As with so many things that taste good, the dough is usually made with ghee. Cooked in a flat pan, the perfect roti canai is fluffy on the inside, and crispy and flaky on the outside.

Char Kway Teow
This fried noodle dish has a bit of a reputation for its high fat content, which is probably why it tastes so good. Traditionally served up to energy-burning labourers, it contains flat rice noodles stir-fried with soy sauce, chilli, prawns, cockles, bean sprouts and Chinese chives, with added calories from pork fat and lard croutons.
   

Average Prices

Most people find their money goes a long way on Malaysia holidays, although it is more expensive than nearby Thailand or Indonesia. Keep in mind that Kuala Lumpur is more expensive than the rest of Malaysia. On average though, a three course meal in a mid-range restaurant will set you back around 45 Malaysian Ringgits, a bottled beer is about 12 Malaysian Ringgits, and a 1.5 litre bottle of water is around two Malaysian Ringgits. 

National Dress

For men, the traditional Malay attire is the baju melayu, a loose tunic worn over trousers and under a sarong-style sampin around the hips, accompanied by a songkok cap on their head. Malay women wear the baju kurung, a knee-length tunic over a long skirt, worn with a scarf or shawl. Both sexes often dress in bright colours.

Customs & Traditions

With three major ethnicities in Malaysia, social conventions are dictated by each religion and culture, with different norms among Muslim Malays, Indian Hindus, and followers of Chinese religions. Make an effort to respect religious beliefs and follow the Malaysian example, particularly when it comes to dressing appropriately.

When it comes to etiquette, keep the following in mind:

•    Greetings tend to vary between people of Malay, Chinese, and Indian origin, although a gentle, sometimes two-handed, handshake is the most common way to say hello. The Chinese will sometimes accompany it with a touch on the arm. Malays will add the salaam and a slight bow. And Indians will also use the namaste (hands pressed together, pointed upwards). Between men and women, a simple nod or bow will often do; wait for the woman to initiate
•    Touching the hand to the chest is a sign of respect
•    Avoid touching and overly direct eye contact with the opposite sex
•    Malaysians prefer to stand at least an arm’s lengths from one another. Two to three feet is normal
•    Women should avoid wearing revealing clothing and heavy make-up
•    Take your shoes off before entering a house or temple
•    Always use your right hand to eat, touch, pass or receive
•    People beckon one another by extending an arm and making a scratching motion with their fingers
•    Beckoning or pointing with a finger is considered rude. Use your thumb with the rest of your fingers clenched in a fist instead
•    Pounding your fist into the palm of your other hand is an obscene gesture
•    Avoid touching or passing anything over anyone’s head, which is viewed as the most sacred body part
•    The surfer's ‘hang loose’ sign (presenting the back of the hand while extending the thumb and smallest finger and keeping the three middle fingers curled) is an obscene gesture
 

Wildlife

Naturally blessed Malaysia has some of the most varied wildlife on Earth. With most of the country cloaked in ancient rainforests, it is the perfect habitat for the 210 mammal species, 620 types of bird, 250 kinds of reptile, and 150 types of frog found here. In Borneo alone, hundreds of new species have been discovered since the 1990s, including the world's largest flower and the world's biggest cockroach. Malaysian wildlife includes gibbons, monkeys, orangutans, scaly anteaters (pangolins), elephants, tapirs, tigers, leopards, honey bears, and snakes like vipers, pythons, and cobras. 

Dive with Marine Life
The warm waters off Malaysia’s endless coastline are part of the biologically diverse Coral Triangle, also known as the ‘Amazon of the Seas’. Malaysia’s islands are bursting with places to snorkel and scuba dive, so jump in and swim with rays, starfish, sea fans, shrimp, puffer fish, and so much more.

Orang-utans
These long-limbed, ginger-haired apes have become Borneo’s biggest tourist draw. Venture out to Sarawak to meet these adorable creatures, where you can also adopt one for a year.  
 
Turtle Island
This is your chance to see the green turtles of Sandakan. No matter what time of 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. Accommodation on the island is scarce, so book early.