Between its captivating cityscapes, untouched natural beauty, sweeping tea plantations, and incredibly mellow island vibes, holidays in Malaysia will leave you with unforgettable memories. You can explore remote idyllic islands, climb towering mountains, and enjoy the bright lights of the big city without having to leave the country.
If you consider yourself a doting nature lover, you’ll relish the opportunity to explore an array of outdoor hotspots that Malaysia holidays have to offer. Explore the vast biodiversity during a stay in Borneo, with a combination of breathtaking landscapes and astonishing wildlife, what more could you ask for?
You could also consider heading up to the Cameron Highlands. With 14 hiking trails on offer, you’ll find an ascent that matches your ability. Whether you’d like a signposted gentle amble to admire waterfalls or you want to head off the beaten path and revel in the silence 2,000m above the valley on Mount Gunung Irau, these Highlands are ideal for you.
Malaysia's incredible medley of picturesque scenery will leave you with postcard-worthy memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
As if straight out of a Marvel blockbuster, Kuala Lumpur’s imposing Petronas Towers are a symbol of the city’s architectural brilliance. As well as making a statement of wealth, these iconic buildings make for a fantastic spectacle. How are you with heights? Brave the towers’ connecting sky bridge on the 41st floor. For a truly unobstructed view of the city, the 86th floor promises spectacular panoramic views.
Shopping lovers rejoice, there’s something for you too. In Central Market, you’ll find buzzing market stalls with delicately handcrafted trinkets, woven textiles, and exquisite jewellery. Once you’ve shopped till you dropped, be sure to overindulge on mouth-watering local delicacies. No matter where you choose you to dine, you’ll find a tantalising treat in many of Kuala Lumpur's gourmet restaurants, each with magnificent city views as a backdrop.
The islands in Malaysia have so much to offer, their captivating serenity and tranquillity are second to none. If you so wish, you can put your feet up and relax with only the gentle sounds of nature to keep you company. Finding the best island in Malaysia, however, depends on the type of holiday you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for an upmarket holiday, make a beeline for Langkawi’s endless stretches of unblemished sand and spectacular turquoise waters. Pangkor and Kuala Terengganu need to be at the top of your list if you’re looking for your own slice of private heaven. If you adore cute baby animals (and who doesn’t?), venture to Pangkor beach, where you might just be lucky enough to spot baby leatherback turtles hatching.
When you land in Malaysia’s thriving capital, Kuala Lumpur, why not stop and explore locally for a few days? With so much diversity across the country, there’s plenty to see and do before hopping on a plane, train, or a bus, and moving to somewhere entirely different.
Malaysia holidays are great for all the family, as there truly is a little bit of everything on offer. Kuala Lumpur perfectly combines cuisine, culture, and excellent shopping. Make your way through the city and look out for its futuristic architecture before treating yourself to delicious treats courtesy of Malaysia's thriving foodie scene. And if you’re feeling brave, embrace the national fruit of the country, the durian. Its pungent aroma and fierce spiky outer shell are a huge contrast to the deliciously sweet flavour waiting for you on the inside.
If you crave local culture and want to escape the city life, you'll appreciate spiritual Penang. This melting pot of religion houses stunningly ornate temples that celebrate Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
If you're looking for a beach getaway, head to the relaxing shores of Langkawi. This enchanting jewel of the Andaman Sea promises transparent waters and white sandy beaches for all the family. If you'd prefer the exclusivity of a beachfront hideaway, book a trip to Pangkor, where lush, tropical rainforest makes you feel like you're in your own private lagoon.
Thanks to its tropical climate, you can enjoy Malaysia holidays any time of year. On average, you can expect the temperature to range between 20°C to 30°C throughout the year. During peak season, temperatures can soar during the day but cool off after hours. Rainfall will depend on where in the country you visit. To account for the constant sunshine, you can expect frequent warm showers in some areas of the country, so it’s a good idea to check for rainfall before you travel. But don’t panic, these rainy periods don’t last very long. November to February are the wettest months in the east whereas August is rainy season in the west. The best months to visit are between March and October when humidity and rainfall are at their lowest. No matter when you choose to take your holiday in Malaysia, you’re guaranteed to see plenty of sunshine.
Time difference: GMT +8 hours
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit.
Language: Malay, Tamil, Mandarin
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 13 hours.
Arrival Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Entry details for British passport holders: When entering Malaysia your passport must be valid for at least six months. For non-working visits you can visit for up to 90 days. Before you leave check the latest advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and escort you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. Your travel documentation will contain all relevant contact details if you want to get in touch with a local representative during your stay.
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