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Malaysia Travel Guide

Discover the beautiful diversity of Malaysia's landscapes and cities. Expect exotic double-barrelled place names, primeval jungles, crystal-blue seas, unique wildlife and some of the best street-food in South East Asia. From the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and the jungles of Borneo, to the beaches of Langkawi and the swanky skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the Malay Archipelago will take your travels to the next level.
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Malaysian is the main language in Malaysia, but English is widely spoken. In Borneo, however, there are many more languages.
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Malaysian ringgit
Code: MYR
Symbol: RM
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Malaysia Standard Time (GMT+8:00)

Top places to visit in Malaysia

Red lanterns hanging outside of a temple in Penang


The foodie capital of Malaysia, Penang is truly a feast for the senses. Fill your belly to the brim with tasty fried noodles, succulent chicken satay and a great combination of meat, vegetables and dumplings
Tropical beach with palm trees in Langkawi


Keen to rest and soak up the sun in Malaysia? Look no further than Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands. Hop in your car and pass through villages, past rubber plantations and swaying palm trees, ending in your very own beach paradise.
The Petronas Towers

Kuala Lumpur

Towering skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, locals' trader markets and more food than you can shake a stick at, Malaysia's capital is full to the brim of things to see and do.

Malaysia tours & experiences

Monkey on tree in Borneo

Borneo - East Sabah Adventure

This eight-day adventure promises to keep you busy; time spent marvelling at nature’s glory on Libaran Island, close encounters with orangutans at a rehabilitation centre, prowling the streets of Kota Kinabalu by night, and the otherworldly wonders of Borneo.
8 days
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kuching temple

Experience Sarawak

Beginning in the dazzling city of Kuching, you’ll venture deep into the wondrous Bako National Park. Next, it’s on to Batang Ai to spend the night in a fascinating Iban longhouse.
6 days
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Malaysia beach holiday packages

Outdoor pool At Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort

4* Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort, Penang

A heaven of relaxation amongst the excitement of Penang's top attractions. Located in Tanjung Bungah, between the George Town (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. With ocean and hillside views to be enjoyed from private balconies.

Hotel highlights: Private rooms, swimming pool, pool bar, terrace, beachfront, 24-hour reception, coffee house, bar, restaurant
Return flights & hotel | Deposit from £99 | T&Cs apply
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Arierl view of the Holiday Village Beach Resort & Spa in Langkawi

3* Holiday Village Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

A seaside resort on Pantai Tengah, only a two-minute walk from the beach. Tropical beachfront resort with bright, airy rooms.

Hotel highlights: Private rooms, air con, in-room safe, outdoor pool, beachfront bar, restaurant, spa & massage services, sauna, tennis courts, 24-reception.
Return flights & hotel | Deposit from £99 | T&Cs apply
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Frequently asked questions about travelling to Malaysia

When is the best time to go to Malaysia?

The tropical Malaysian climate is hot and humid year round. The wet season on the east coast is between November and February, at which time the weather is dry and sunny on the other side. Try to avoid travelling to Malaysia during the monsoon for a rain free trip.

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