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Malaysia Travel Guide
Holidays to Malaysia promise the visitor a vibrant and exotic experience. Malaysia is a mosaic of ethnically diverse cultures combining the best of China, India, and Southeast Asia to create a delightful fusion of cultural styles, food and traditions that is utterly unique.
Malaysia is a country of distinct parts. The Peninsula bordering Thailand and Singapore attracts most holidaymakers, probably because of the diversity it offers in the way of people, activities and climates. The east coast, particularly the northern Kelantan province, offers visitors the chance to explore traditional Malay life. The area around the city of Kota Bharu is possibly the most fascinating part of the peninsula, and the least visited, with a remote beauty and rich culture. The west coast is favoured by holidaymakers for historical interest, and is where Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur can be found.
Penang on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is a feast for the senses. Thanks to a delicious blend of Chinese and Malay culture, a holiday to Penang is one you’ll remember. Explore the colonial charm of Georgetown, Penang’s capital city and relax on the popular Batu Ferringhi Beach. Food lovers will particularly enjoy the sizzle of woks and hint of mouth-watering cuisine in the air almost everywhere in the town, for a truly authentic experience, we recommend visiting the night market for street food and souvenir shopping.
The East Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak are separated from the mainland by the South China Sea. The dense jungles of Sabah and Sarawak support abundant plant and wildlife and Mt Kinabalu in Sabah stakes its claim as the highest peak in South East Asia. Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea on Malaysia's west coast, is the holiday destination of choice for surf enthusiasts and visitors who prefer a beach holiday.
Holidays To Malaysia – Things To Do
Malaysia is a country of diverse cultures, regions and attractions. It is the perfect holiday destination for holidaymakers seeking an authentic Asian holiday experience. With so many options on offer – what do our travel experts recommend as the best things to do in Malaysia.
No holiday to Malaysia is complete without a trip to Asia's tallest tower, the KL Tower. Treat a loved one to a sumptuous buffet dinner with ample seating to soak up the breath-taking panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur's night lights. Conclude your evening with a stroll through Kuala Lumpur's famous Central Market.
Visit the spectacular Batu Caves, one of the most sacred places for Hindu's in Malaysia. The Batu Cave Indian temple is a massive limestone outcrop with a cavernous interior. You can also take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Thean Hou Chinese Temple and witness the art of batik designing.
Explore the old town in Penang on the Northwest coast. Penang has perhaps the largest and best preserved colonial-era old town, with excellent examples of Chinese clan houses, colonial homes, public buildings and private mansions. Visit Chew Jetty, Little India and exciting Chinatown, and make a stop at the world famous Royal Selangor. Before the day is over, stop at Wat Chayamankalaram to see the big reclining Buddha.
The underwater world of the Pulau Payar Marine Park made up of the four uninhabited islands of Payar, Lembu, Kaca and Segantang, is Malaysia's oldest Marine Park sanctuary. Take a day trip via speedboat from Penang to dive into the perfect azure waters and experience this colourful underwater world, perfect for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
Extend your holiday to Malaysia by taking the short flight from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo. Renowned for its lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, Borneo is a nature lover’s dream. Borneo is home to a wide variety of wildlife species, but none quite so iconic as the flame-haired orangutan. We recommend visiting the Sepilok sanctuary in Sandakan, where you can see the orangutans swing through the trees and enjoy feeding time. With fewer than 15,000 orangutan left in the wild, this is a rare opportunity to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
Best Time To Visit Malaysia
A beach holiday to Malaysia is possible all year round because the east and west coasts experience their rainy seasons at different times of the year.
The west coast of the mainland and the islands of Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor off the Malay Peninsular are typically tropical, experiencing hot, sunny and humid weather with showers all year round. The wet season on the west of the peninsula is between April and October. During September and October, the showers are heavier, however even during the rainy season, it is still possible to enjoy a holiday with little more than the occasional short tropical downpour to provide a welcome relief to the humidity. Diving is best between November and August when the seas are warm and crystal clear.
The east coast tends to have a heavier monsoon season and is best avoided between November and February when many of the holiday resorts close. Outside of the rainy season, the east coast resorts are usually drier and are therefore the perfect destination for a relaxing beach holiday in Malaysia.
Holiday To Malaysia - Offers
The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Malaysia. Our travel experts have all visited Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Penang and have personal experience of the resorts, accommodation, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of holiday packages to Malaysia choose from. Why not call us today and get your Malaysian adventure started!