With tropical beaches, ancient rainforests and exciting regional cuisine, it’s easy to fall head over heels for the islands of Malaysia. Beyond the unspoilt national parks and some of the finest diving locations in the world, the country is also home to a diversity of championship golf courses and a rich cultural heritage.
Less frequented by tourists, Malaysia’s eastern coast has become a refuge for those seeking out wildlife and nature. Explore the dense rainforests and quaint local villages or escape to the country’s utopian beaches. Come here for diving and snorkelling where you’ll encounter colourful creatures of the deep and if you’re lucky, witness turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
From the colonial architecture of Penang, through to the sky rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a country that’s as diverse as it is beautiful. This multicultural country has influences of India, China and Indonesia flecked through it from delicious street food to the religious shrines and festivities.
Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor Laut are all found on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia and are home to some of the largest beach resorts and offer clear blue waters and silky soft sand. For a quiet beachside retreat, we suggest heading to Langkawi, Pangkor Laut or the more remote areas of the east coast such as Terengganu or Tioman Island.
The best time to visit the west coast destinations of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor Laut is between December and March. Terengannu and the Tioman Islands over on the east coast enjoy the best weather between March and October.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Time Zone: GMT +8 hours
Flight Time: 13 hours
From the soaring, space-age buildings and bustling cosmopolitanism of Kuala Lumpar to the ocean-fringed plains of the peninsula and the primal beauty of Borneo’s jungle, Malaysia is a country abundant in fascinating contrasts and vibrant multiculturalism. Decisively divided by the South China Sea, the mountain-studded Malaysia Peninsular points south towards Indonesia, while the impossibly green jungle island of Borneo lies to one side (the Malaysian regions comprising its northernmost third) – explore both to discover a captivating kaleidoscope of cultures, landscapes, people and places!
Our team of Far East experts are frequent visitors to Malaysia and Borneo, and are incredibly passionate about enabling others to discover these extraordinary places! Regularly revisiting the resorts that we sell in order to stay up to date with the latest developments, they know Malaysia and Borneo from coast to coast, and are keen to assist you in planning and executing your ideal holiday.
Malaysia enjoys tropical weather year-round with high temperatures. Rainfall differs on the east and west coasts according to the prevailing monsoon winds. The main rainy season on eastern Peninsular Malaysia and Malay Borneo is between October and March; whilst the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia experiences most rain between May and September.
For direct flights to Malaysia, you can fly from London Heathrow into Kuala Lumpar with Malaysia Airlines and onwards to domestic points within Malaysia. Singapore Airlines fly via Singapore into Kuala Lumpar, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Langkawi and Penang. Cathay Pacific fly from London Heathrow via Singapore into Kuala Lumpar, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo) and Penang, and will also offer flights from Manchester beginning in December.
Qatar Airways, Emirate and Eithad Airways all fly into Kuala Lumpar via various locations in the Middle East, however they do not fly to any other Malaysian destination.