Malaysia holidays allow you to discover a land of mesmerising beauty. Explore picturesque tropical islands, thrilling modern cities and ancient hilltop retreats as you discover this Southeast Asian wonder.
Delve into dynamic Kuala Lumpur, climbing the iconic Petronas Towers or finding tranquillity in the temple caverns of the Batu Caves. Take in Penang’s beautiful architecture, rich in colonial heritage and a wonderful window into Malaysia’s eventful history.
Head to the warm sands of Langkawi for luxury resorts and colourful reef dives. The waters around this island archipelago are home to aquatic giants, including manta rays.
Meanwhile, in the misty hill retreats of the Cameron Highlands, you’ll find adventurous jungle trekking and sweeping tea plantations as far as the eye can see.
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Whether you’re after a resort retreat, an active adventure or a city escape, Malaysia holidays offer it all.
Kuala Lumpur is a modern marvel brimming with tranquil temples, soaring skyscrapers and high-end shopping malls.
No holiday to Malaysia is complete without a visit to the Petronas Towers, the twin spires dominate the skyline at 1,483 feet (452m) high.
Head to the nearby KL Tower to best appreciate the towers in all their glory. Dine at the revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360, and you'll be treated to uninterrupted panoramas of the skyline.
Those seeking a little serenity should head to the Batu Caves. This stunning limestone rock complex houses a Hindu temple and is guarded by a huge statue of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan.
Penang island is known for its colonial-era heritage, with many of the island-state’s most impressive buildings dating back to the 19th century.
Marvel at the colourful Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, or explore the spectacular Fort Cornwallis, built in 1793.
Find tasty treats in the curry houses of Little India or take an afternoon stroll through Armenian Street – the centre of George Town’s UNESCO zone.
Don’t miss Kek Lok Si either – one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Malaysia.
The Andaman Islands of the western coastline are ideal for a relaxing, sun-kissed beach holiday in Malaysia.
The Langkawi archipelago has white beaches that dimple the coastlines and offshore coral reefs providing an underwater playground for divers and snorkellers – home to young reef sharks and graceful rays.
Soak up the sun at one of Langkawi’s popular beachfront resorts or try the catch of the day in the seafood restaurants of the regional capital, Kuah.
The former trading post of Malacca has seen European and Chinese rule over the centuries, making the Old Quarter an architectural delight.
Visit the Jonker Street night market, when the usually sleepy centre comes alive with dancing and music, street vendors and food stalls. Malacca’s Chinatown is home to the oldest Chinese temple in the nation, the near 350-year-old Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.
As evening falls, be sure to watch the sun set behind the Malacca Straits Mosque. The spectacular building appears to float over the waves.
Head to the misty mountain retreat of the Cameron Highlands for breathtaking views of vast tea plantations and hilltop jungle trekking.
The Highlands sit thousands of feet above sea level, where growing conditions are perfect for the emerald tea bushes that quilt the landscape.
The villages here have a decidedly British colonial feel, with charming cottages and tea rooms serving scones.
Join a trekking tour to explore the plantations, or head into the mountain forests in search of local wildlife, including the world’s largest flowering plant, the Rafflesia.
For families seeking fun Malaysia holiday packages, Penang is a fantastic destination.
Beaches encircle Penang Island, which also has lots of family friendly activities to keep the children entertained as you relax on the golden sand.
Head to Resorts World Genting, with its theme parks, temples and great array of entertainment, and book into the 5-star Maxim Hotel to be steps away from fun.
For a luxury holiday in Malaysia, book accommodation at one of Kuala Lumpur’s most prestigious hotels.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur boasts superb dining options, sleek and modern suites overlooking the city and an excellent location next door to the Petronas Towers.
Spa facilities offer plenty of relaxation, while you can hire a personal shopper to take you through the fashion styles of KL’s most prestigious malls.
Jungle clad mountains, waterfall walks and unforgettable diving invite adventurous types to book active holidays in Malaysia.
The islands of Langkawi let you blend action with a little relaxation, with white sand beaches and rainforest treks catering to all tastes.
The stunning Ambong-Ambong Langkawi Rainforest Retreat is a wonderful escape set in lush tropical gardens. Enjoy a dip in the pool while gazing out over the Andaman Sea.
Malaysia celebrates several festivals of the two predominant religions, Islam and Buddhism. There are also holidays throughout the year dedicated to historical figures, as well as region-specific celebrations.
The official languages in Malaysia are Malay and English, though there are more than a hundred other languages spoken across the country.
The currency in Malaysia is the Ringgit (MYR), subdivided into 100 Sen. ATMs are available in most major cities and credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and at larger shops.
Malaysia uses a type G plug. Standard voltage and frequency are 240V/50Hz. Purchase a plug adaptor before you fly should you need one.
Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim nation, though Buddhism is also well represented. The country is filled with impressive mosques and temples, many of which can be visited.
Should you tour any religious sites, it helps to observe a few basic customs and to act respectfully.
You’ll be asked to take your shoes off before you enter. It’s also customary to dress modestly, covering knees and shoulders. At some mosques you may be required to cover your head.
Check ahead to ensure the mosque or temple you’re visiting is open, as not all accept visitors.
Malaysian cooking is a delicious fusion of Chinese and Indian flavours, with fiery curries sharing the same plate as steaming noodle dishes.
The seafront restaurants of Penang serve up some of the tastiest char koay teow around. This noodle dish is loaded with pan-fried shrimp and is a local favourite.
For Indian-style curries, head to the markets of Kuala Lumpur for traditional thali plates – these platters usually include several curries with rice and a naan.
Satay skewers and fish soup laksa are the order of the day in the southern coastal cities, while more adventurous diners may want to try sweet durian fruit. Known for its unusually strong smell, durian is an acquired taste.
Once the seat of sultans and an important trading post for European colonies, Malaysia has had a long and tumultuous history.
Explore the nation’s Portuguese and Dutch heritage in the port city of Malacca, where old forts and historic churches pepper the landscape.
British influence can be spotted in the colonial buildings of Kuala Lumpur and in the charming country cottages of the Cameron Highlands.
Visit the National Museum in the capital for an insight into the traditions and culture of the Malaysian people, from wedding ceremonies to farming heritage and beyond.
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