• Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Malaysia Holidays

Holidays in Malaysia are a potpourri of rich Asian culture, thriving cities and over 800 postcard-worthy islands. Recent visitors to this charming country have fondly described it as “truly Asia” and you’ll soon see why. It’s bursting with a richly diverse culture - Muslim Malays, Hindu and Muslim Indians and Chinese, as well as Aboriginal groups live together peacefully and all call this beautiful country home. 

With each city, town and island you visit owning its own rich history and eclectic charm, there are a thousand ways to explore and appreciate this melting pot of old and new. Destination holidays in Malaysia show you a world of ethnic cultures and customs in the daily life of the locals. You’ll find exciting cultural events happening almost every evening, where people of all faiths and cultures come together to enjoy vibrant and emotive performances and celebrations. 

Old and sacred customs are given high importance in Malaysia. There’s a truly impressive architectural talent here, too. The country is filled with larger than life inspirations - you’ll find Mughal, Tudor, Chinese, Portugese, Grecian, Gothic and Victorian designs in this cultural hotspot. The better known typical Malaysian architecture, also known as ‘Peranakan’ or ‘Baba Nyonya’, with the traditional Melaka shophouses, and are often dressed in vibrant pink, blue and yellow splashes of paint.

Holidays in Malaysia: a fusion of old and new

West Malaysia is home to the booming capital metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, where glistening, glass-filled skyscrapers line the busy streets, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. It’s home to more shopping districts than you can count on both hands. Enjoy the hustle and bustle and find the traditional Malaysian boutiques selling the finest batik accessories (a fabric made from silk), as well as the baju kebaya, a typical dress for ladies made of exceptionally high-quality fabrics and silks. 

If you love exploring then you will have plenty of fascinating sites to discover during your holiday in Malaysia. Dive deep into the historical heritage of the country with a visit to Malacca in the southwest. It’s the country’s historical state, where colonials first made contact with Malaysia. This small state is known for its interesting architecture, and you can tour the many forts, towers, churches and museums to observe the marks of British, Portuguese and Dutch forces left behind.

Malaysia is home to a fascinating geological makeup. Explore the 130 million year old rainforest of Taman Negara National Park in Pahang, making it one of the most ancient rainforests in the world. Not for the faint-hearted, here’s where adventurers can brave the longest rope walkway in the world. Even experienced trekkers will be in awe at the impressive 62 mile round trip trekking possibilities, although there are lots of softer treks for beginners and families too. Nature lovers will be impressed with the unusual wildlife here, with sun bear, barking deer, long-tail marque monkey and Malayan peacock roaming around the jungle-like rainforests.

While in Malaysia, a trip to colonial George Town is a must. Indigenous architecture, old cultures and some mouth-watering culinary delights await you at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Find pretty shophouses adorned in old Malay design, narrow streets bustling with locals and strings of paper lantern shrines among deliciously fragrant shops selling Indian spices. Browse the street art scene that bursts to life here, and then stop for a coffee or a cocktail in one of the many swanky bars.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Observe the tallest twin tower in the world, the Petronas Twin Tower
  • Explore historic buildings beside ultra-modern shopping centres in Malacca
  • Taste some of Southeast Asia’s best dishes in the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town
  • Brave the world’s longest rope walkway at 130 million year old Taman Negara

Our favourite hotels

Browse some of our favourite hotels in Malaysia. From vibrant luxury resorts to pretty little boutiques nestled in the countryside, we are here to help you find your perfect accommodation in Malaysia.

a small house in a garden

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,999  pp

Gaya Island Resort
Sea Suite

Pangkor Laut Resort

Malaysia

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,999  pp

Pangkor Laut Resort
Swimming pool

Tanjong Jara Resort

Kuala Terengganu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,699  pp

Tanjong Jara Resort
an island in the middle of a body of water

The Datai Langkawi

Langkawi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £3,099  pp

The Datai Langkawi

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.

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    Tea Plantations

    Cameron Highlands is home to many of Malaysia’s finest tea plantations. Lush crops cover the landscape, providing a visual spectacle over the hilly terrain. Sample the finest teas and discover how they are grown as you learn about the history of tea growing in this beautiful area.

Best time to visit Malaysia

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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

Our Malaysia destinations

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Malaysia

Borneo

Borneo
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur
a large body of water

Malaysia

Langkawi

Langkawi
Georgetown Street Art

Malaysia

Penang

Penang
Cameron Highlands

Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Malaysia

Tioman Island

Tioman Island

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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