• Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Malaysia Holidays

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

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

Time Zone

GMT+8

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.

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.

Health Information

Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.

Things to do in Malaysia

You’d be wrong to compare Malaysia to anywhere else in the world. With Chinese, Indian, Arabic, British and Persian influences, it really is unique. Kuala Lumpur is a mesmerising capital city where you can experience incredible views from the Menara and The Petronas Towers. The country has 28 national parks where you’ll encounter some weird and wonderful animal and plant life.

  • Orang-utan

    Wild Orangutans

    Discover how conservation efforts are preserving the wild orangutans in Borneo. Sightings are all but guaranteed if you take a tour round the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where orangutans are permitted to roam within the forest.

  • Langkawi Sky Bridge

    Langkawi Cable Car

    We highly recommend you take the SkyCab cable car up to Machinchang Mountain if you want to get a bird’s eye view over the bucolic hills of Langkawi. If you’ve never seen a flying fox or macaque monkey, consider hiking the spectacular Gunung Raya.

  • Petronas Twin Towers

    City Life

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, provides the perfect contrast to the more relaxed highlands and beaches. Appreciate the views from Kuala Lumpur Tower, discover the Batu limestone caves, and stroll around the city’s food markets.

  • Fireflies

    Enchanting Fireflies

    Away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Selangor, a small village known for its natural heritage of Mangrove forest. Here you can witness thousands of fireflies sparkling in the thick mangrove along both sides of the river banks. A wonderful phenomena resembling rows of brightly lit Christmas trees!

  • Beach

    Relaxing Beaches

    White, pure sands, sifting between your toes, are common on many of Malaysia’s finest beaches. Islands including Langkawi and Redang offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities alongside the chance to relax and sunbathe.

  • Langkawi

    Malaysian Island Hopping

    Your perfect break in Malaysia can include visits to Langkawi and Penang islands, before heading to the mainland to discover its capital, Kuala Lumpur. Feel your toes sink into the warm sands of Malaysia’s best beaches. Visit Hindu temples, spot turtles on the beach, or explore caves and visit ancient rainforests.

Best time to visit Malaysia

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
29ºC
15mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
165mm
Langkawi
32ºC
40mm
Pangkor
31ºC
147mm
Penang
32ºC
82mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
29ºC
14mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
157mm
Langkawi
33ºC
38mm
Pangkor
31ºC
151mm
Penang
33ºC
87mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
13mm
Kuala Lumpur
33ºC
236mm
Langkawi
34ºC
91mm
Pangkor
32ºC
146mm
Penang
33ºC
136mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
15mm
Kuala Lumpur
33ºC
276mm
Langkawi
33ºC
187mm
Pangkor
32ºC
192mm
Penang
33ºC
189mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
13mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
222mm
Langkawi
32ºC
291mm
Pangkor
32ºC
145mm
Penang
32ºC
245mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
13mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
136mm
Langkawi
31ºC
279mm
Pangkor
32ºC
100mm
Penang
32ºC
189mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
12mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
129mm
Langkawi
31ºC
280mm
Pangkor
32ºC
117mm
Penang
32ºC
205mm

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
11mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
162mm
Langkawi
31ºC
305mm
Pangkor
31ºC
131mm
Penang
32ºC
238mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
11mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
202mm
Langkawi
31ºC
380mm
Pangkor
31ºC
182mm
Penang
31ºC
335mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
9mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
280mm
Langkawi
31ºC
370mm
Pangkor
31ºC
265mm
Penang
32ºC
398mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
9mm
Kuala Lumpur
31ºC
290mm
Langkawi
31ºC
222mm
Pangkor
31ºC
270mm
Penang
31ºC
260mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
29ºC
12mm
Kuala Lumpur
31ºC
243mm
Langkawi
31ºC
70mm
Pangkor
31ºC
205mm
Penang
32ºC
136mm
  • 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

    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 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
Tioman Island

Malaysia

Tioman Island

Tioman Island
Redang Island

Malaysia

Redang

Redang

Types of Malaysia holidays

Mount Kinabalu

Malaysia 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. 

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