Holidays to Malaysia

Split between the Peninsula Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, separated by the South China Sea, the diverse landscape of Malaysia is a combination of extreme contrasts. While you may instantly think of Kuala Lumpur and orangutans, there’s so much more to discover, from remote hilltop villages and leafy jungles, to tranquil beaches and amazing diving spots. However the biggest draw is the culture - this is truly the melting pot for Asian influences and they combine in mouth-watering cuisine and wide-ranging architecture. Think Buddhist temples sat alongside mosques, and fragrant curries alongside spicy noodles.

Malaysia’s dazzling capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is sure to be top of your hit list. Its modern skyscrapers tower over Hindu and Buddhist temples and mosques below. For a more laidback urban escape, the colonial town of Georgetown in Penang, and the quaint city of Malacca won’t disappoint. Here you’ll experience traditional food, renowned as the best street food in Asia, lovely galleries and boutiques, and European-inspired architecture.

4,600km of coastline means plenty of idyllic beaches to choose from. The west coast has a few lovely beaches, but the east coast is the real stand-out, with one continual stretch of white sand. For something really special, hop over to the islands that lie off the coast. Langkawi’s sweeping sandy bays are akin to a Thai island – but without the crowds, while Tioman Island off the east coast is sure to please. No matter where you decide upon, you’ll find world-class diving and plenty of room to stretch out on.

Highlights

  • Switch off on idyllic islands

  • Explore urban life in cosmopolitan cities & sleepy towns

Key info

  • Capital city: Kuala Lumpur

  • Language: Malay & English

  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit

  • Time difference: GMT + 8 hours

  • Flight time: 12.5 hours to Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia Trip ideas

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Places to go in Malaysia

Here are some of the best places to go in Malaysia. Got a few ideas about where you’d like to go or need some help? Call our Travel Designers now: 01483 319 333

Things to do in Malaysia

Here are some of the things you can do in Malaysia. When you've chosen your favourite experiences, just give our Travel Designers a call and they'll put a trip together for you. If you need help choosing an experience, or if you want to learn more about it, our Travel Designers will be more than happy to talk to you. Just call them on: 01483 319 333

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When to go to Malaysia

The weather in Malaysia is hot and humid year round. The west and east coasts have opposite climates, so the dry season on the west between November and February is rainy on the east coast. The wettest months on the west coast are between April to October, while these are considerable drier on the east coast. The Highlands can be visited year round, with increased rain throughout the summer months offering cooler temperatures than the rest of the mainland.

January

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This is a good time of year to visit the West Coast. You should avoid the Highlands during Chinese New Year as it can get very busy, and the East Coast as it's rainy season.  

February

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The rainy period continues on the east coast with many beach resorts closed.  

March

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The rains ease off on the east coast and it's a lovely time to visit the Highlands.  

April

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It's the start of the rainy season in inland Malaysia, although the rain can be a welcome break from the humidity. Head to the coasts for sunny temperatures.  

May

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The highlands and lowlands continue to see rain, while it's a good time to visit the coastal resorts.  

June

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The highlands and lowlands continue to see rain, and it's a great time to visit the east coast resorts.  

July

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The west coast should be avoided as it's rainy season. Head to the opposite coastline for sunny skies.  

August

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The good weather continues on the east coast, with occasional downpours and thunderstorms on the west coast.  

September

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Occasional downpours in the highlands, lowlands and west coast are common but it's still a great time to explore.  

October

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Rainfall increases in the highlands, and with heavier currents, it's not a great time for diving on the west coast due to poor visibility.  

November

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Monsoon seasons strikes the east coast in November so the islands are best avoided, with heavy rainfall and the closure of some beach resorts.  

December

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Rainfall continues on the east coast and in the highlands, so head to the west coast for better weather.