Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Destination

Malaysia Holidays

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 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.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Glittering skylines
  • Tea plantations
  • Unspoilt nature
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Lush rainforests
  • Flame-haired orangutans
Essential Information
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  • 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.”

Tejal

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 Malaysia destinations

Malaysia

Borneo

Borneo
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur
Beach

Malaysia

Langkawi

Langkawi

Malaysia

Penang

Penang
Sea Villa

Malaysia

Pangkor

Pangkor

Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands
Tenggol Island

Malaysia

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu
Redang Island

Malaysia

Redang

Redang
Tioman Beach

Malaysia

Tioman Island

Tioman Island

Types of Malaysia holidays

Mount Kinabalu

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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. 

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.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Penang

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Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Shangri-La`s Golden Sands Resort

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

Penang

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Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

The Danna Langkawi

Langkawi

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The Danna Langkawi

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