Malaysia Travel Guide

We try not to say things like ‘this is a country of contrasts’, because that could be said of anywhere, but in Malaysia it’s hard not to.

The sudden transitions from ancient to ultra-modern, thriving jungle to hotels dripping with luxury, and cuisines from every port between Mecca and Beijing. It’s certainly interesting to tailor a holiday here – in Malaysia, we can take you from tea plantation to rainforest to tropical coastline, stopping in some top notch towns along the way, in a country that’s barely 200 miles across!

Where to go in Malaysia

Most visitors to Malaysia – in fact, many travellers to South-East Asia at large – will arrive at Kuala Lumpur, the country’s buzzing capital, whose international airport is a key gateway to the region. In ‘KL’, the country’s cultural diversity is tangible at every turn, especially in its fantastic street-food scene. Penang is another must-see if it’s your first time – it’s the oldest British settlement in Malaysia, and its historic Georgetown district is a prized UNESCO heritage site.

The Cameron Highlands tea-growing region is an excellent place to relax and refresh yourself, given its cooler climate and lush tea-growing mountainsides, whilst a wilder side of nature can be found in Taman Negara, one of the oldest rainforests in the world with an excellent canopy walk.

Offshore, clusters of tropical islands festoon Malaysia’s coastline, with one to suit every need from family beach holidays to exclusive private honeymoonsLangkawi, in the Andaman Sea, is perhaps best known, with its long picture perfect beaches and upmarket hotels, and Pangkor Laut is certainly the most exclusive, but we also love the little low-key Perhentian Islands, where the diving is world-class and the scenery amongst Malaysia’s finest.

Reasons to love Malaysia

  •     Its diversity. Malaysia’s environment is amongst the planet’s most biodiverse, and its human population is made up of hundreds of ethnicities.
  •     Road-trips! Malaysians drive on the left, on roads that are well made and sign-posted in English and Malay, so self-drive holidays through its gorgeous landscape are very much on the cards.
  •     The gorgeous Colonial architecture, especially in old towns and cities like Malacca  

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