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Malaysia Holidays

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Destination Guide – Holidays to Malaysia


Introduction

Offering breathtaking natural beauty, magnificent cultural diversity and fabulous food, shopping and nightlife, Malaysia offers a perfect mix of everything you’d want from a 5 star holiday. Malaysia’s diversity allows you to experience the bright lights of a big city, astonishingly beautiful beaches and simple rural life all in one trip. With excellent food, impeccable service and first class hotel and tourism facilities, Malaysia is an enchanting destination that will captivate everybody, from thrill seekers to beach bunnies, and culture vultures to hedonists.


Things to do
The Great Outdoors

With such a wonderful medley of landscapes and scenery, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you experience some of Malaysia’s natural beauty during your luxury holiday. From canopy walking high above the treetops to cave exploration deep underground, holidays in Malaysia are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Why not join a jungle trek to Mount Kinabalu for lush scenery and magnificent views. Or perhaps head down to the beach at Pankor to witness the hatching of the baby leatherback turtles. For an unusually tasty treat, stop by an exotic fruit farm, where you’ll get to sample papaya, mango and dragon fruit. If you’re feeling brave, try durian, with its creamy flesh and ‘distinctive’ aroma.


Explore Kuala Lumpur’s urban jungle

Kuala Lumpur’s imposing Petronas Towers are a symbol of the city’s position as a world-class capital, and the building itself is certainly worth a visit during your Malaysia holiday. A futuristic monorail takes you to the foot of the building, and you then take an elevator up to the skybridge on the 41st floor, which connects the two towers. Those who want to can continue up to the 86th floor for spectacular panoramic views across the city. Back on the ground you should take an afternoon to explore KL’s Central Market, with its busy stalls selling handicrafts, exquisite jewellery, woven textiles, and souvenir clothing. Kuala Lumpur is also a foodie paradise, with everything from hawker stalls selling a variety of local dishes to gourmet restaurants with magnificent city views.


To the Beach

Unmatched in their beauty and tranquillity, Malaysia’s pristine beaches offer endless stretches of white sand and dazzling turquoise waters. For an ultimate luxury holiday, head to Pangkor or Kuala Terengganu, where the focus is on relaxation, privacy and paradise-like surroundings. Splendidly romantic and gloriously isolated, most of the hotels in this area have their own private beaches where you can swim, sunbathe and watch the sunset from the comfort of your sun lounger. Or perhaps take a blissful boat trip round Langkawi’s romantic and secluded coastline, taking in the marine and bird life along the way, before stopping in a secluded island cove for a bbq lunch and to top up your tan.


Where to Stay

Why not start with a few days in Malaysia’s buzzing capital, Kuala Lumpur. Here opulent hotels, futuristic architecture and a thriving foodie scene combine with culture, art and excellent shopping. Nature lovers will jump at the chance to explore the area’s biodiversity during a stay in Borneo, with its breathtaking landscapes and astonishing wildlife. Culture vultures will love Penang, melting pot of religion and culture, and home to some of the most elaborate and beautiful temples, mosques and shrines in the whole region. For pure relaxation and indulgence, spend a few blissful days at enchanting Lakngkawi, or the even less developed but equally splendid Pankor, where you’ll find beachfront hideaways surrounded by lush tropical rainforest.


Useful Information


Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 12 hours 30 minutes.
Arrival Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Transfers take approximately 1 hour.
Entry details for British passport holders: A visa is not required for stays of up to 3 months. Passports need 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit.
Language: Malay.

Here to help:
A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and escort you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You'll receive a welcome pack containing information on the local area and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel where you can find out more about the area you are visiting.


Best time to go:
Temperatures in Malaysia are consistently around the 30-degree mark during the day, and its geographical location means that humidity is high most of the time. A great time to visit is between March and October, when both rainfall and humidity are at their lowest. If you are traveling outside of this time, don’t fear, as showers are usually short and sharp, and mostly take place during the afternoon, so just find some shelter and enjoy a drink until the rain passes. Chinese New Year in February and the Hindu celebration of Thapusam are both celebrated in style in Malaysia, so a visit during this time gives you the opportunity to join in the festivities, in particular the eating, drinking and partying.

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