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Malaysia Holidays

Holidays in Malaysia

Holidays in Malaysia provide the chance to visit some of the 878 islands that form this charming country. With an opportunity to visit both East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia in a multi centre holiday, visitors can enjoy everything from a luxurious beach holiday to a trip through tea plantations or rainforests.

Malaysia boasts a unique blend of old and new. The suspended walkways in the ancient rainforest of Taman Negara are a beautiful counterpoint to the bustle on the streets in Kuala Lumpur, its capital. Even here, architecture mixes classic colonial buildings with glass filled skyscrapers reaching far into the air. Adventurers of all kind will find experiences around every corner – up mountains, on trails and through the city. There is room for romance too, on island beaches and in luxury hotels.

Luxurious experiences await when you holiday in Malaysia

Hayes & Jarvis knows a trip can be an experience rather than just a holiday – a unique journey for those embarking on it. Our knowledge of Malaysia and its islands has been built over the past 65 years. Our tools and experience give you the chance to immerse yourself in Malaysian culture, history and beauty.

Book our Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Laut, and Penang multi centre holiday and combine the vibrance of the capital city with the relaxation offered by an island stay. Alternatively, you can go from skyscrapers to rainforests in search of orangutans on a trip that includes Kuala Lumpur, Borneo and Penang. Island lovers will enjoy our multi centre trip taking in Langkawi and Penang alongside the capital itself.

Destination Highlights
  • Hop around the islands
  • Unwind on incredible beaches
  • Enjoy Malaysia’s finest hotels
  • Witness orangutans in the forest
  • Visit the best tea plantations
  • Go shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT+8
  • Currency MYR - Malaysian Ringgit
  • Visa Information British Passport holders are not required a visa to enter Malaysia for tourist stays up to 30 days only.
  • Language Malay but English is widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Direct flights are available with British Airways and Malaysia Airlines who both offer a direct daily services from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur.
  • Health Information Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.

Top Tips from our Experts

Val

Destination Specialist

“If you’re staying at the Meritus Pelangi in Langkawi, make sure to walk along the beach. There’s an array of restaurants and bars, and Cenang Mal is only a 10-minute walk, which has lots of duty free shops and restaurants. “

Sue

Customer Experience Executive

“Always try local hawker stalls, you can eat like a king for next to nothing. Eat like a local with a breakfast of Roti canai.”

Tina

Destination Specialist

“Try the fruit – lots of roadside stalls everywhere you go sell fruit that I had never seen before. For example, Rambutan (a prickly fruit that is amazing), snake fruit (a bit like a lychee) and mangosteen (a sweet and tangy fruit with purple skin). However, beware of the large psarickly fruit called durian – it’s an acquired taste, and most hotels ban it as it's very smelly.”

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,329 pp

Gaya Island Resort
Sea Suite

Pangkor Laut Resort

Malaysia

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,409 pp

Pangkor Laut Resort
Swimming pool

Tanjong Jara Resort

Kuala Terengganu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,119 pp

Tanjong Jara Resort
Man Tao

Hotel Stripes

Kuala Lumpur

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£949 pp

Hotel Stripes

Our Malaysia destinations

Malaysia

Borneo

Borneo
Thean Hou Temple Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Langkawi

Langkawi

Malaysia

Penang

Penang
Sea Suite

Malaysia

Pangkor

Pangkor
Cameron Highlands

Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands
Tenggol Island

Malaysia

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu
Redang Island

Malaysia

Redang

Redang
Tioman Island

Malaysia

Tioman Island

Tioman Island

Types of Malaysia holidays

Mount Kinabalu

Malaysia Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Malaysia Tours

Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Malaysia take around 13 hours. There are currently two or three daily flights with British Airways and Malaysia Airlines that fly direct from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Alternatively, there are indirect flights with Etihad, Qatar, Emirates, and other international carriers from UK airports. 

Drinking alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim religion, which around 60% of the population follow. However, foreign non-Muslim visitors are free to buy and drink alcohol while visiting the country if it’s enjoyed in a sociable and respectful manner. 

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