Malaysia Holidays

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Vibrant and beautiful Malaysia 

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. 

Book your holiday to Malaysia with Etihad today and start your adventure. 

Things to do in Malaysia

Whether you’re after a resort retreat, an active adventure or a city escape, Malaysia holidays offer it all.

Experience big city excitement

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.

Where to stay in Malaysia

Family trips

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.

Stay in style

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. 

Thrill seekers 

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.

All you need to know about Malaysia 

Public holidays

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.  

Languages spoken

The official languages in Malaysia are Malay and English, though there are more than a hundred other languages spoken across the country.

Currency

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. 

Plugs

Malaysia uses a type G plug. Standard voltage and frequency are 240V/50Hz. Purchase a plug adaptor before you fly should you need one. 

More about Malaysia

Religion 

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.

Cuisine 

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. 

History 

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. 

Why we love Malaysia

“Malaysia is a fascinating nation with plenty on offer, whether you’re after a beach break on the western coast or want to explore the port cities of the south. KL has beautiful temples, soaring skyscrapers and plenty of delicious food to discover.” 

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