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With its luscious subtropical jungles, vibrant city life and stunning sugar white beaches, it is no wonder that the South East Asian country of Malaysia is an increasingly popular destination for both adventurers and holidaymakers alike.

This paradisiacal destination has a varied and vibrant culture for which you would be forgiven for thinking it belonged to two separate countries. To the west of the peninsula you will find the exciting capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Here you can discover the world famous Petronas Twin towers and marvel at the stunning architecture of futuristic Asian skyscrapers.

Journey across the South China Sea and you will find yourself in East Malaysia – a tropical paradise just bursting with adventure, situated on the island of Borneo. Here you will be able to venture into a realm that is far less populated, enabling you to experience what many locals consider to be the ‘true’ part of the country. East Malaysia features an array of vast sub tropical jungles, which are home to some of the most rare and intriguing wildlife in the world. These subtropical jungles often lie parallel to stunning powdery white beaches that are just waiting to be explored.

Malaysia Travel Guide

The Malaysian Ringgit
Bahasa Melayu (Malay), but English is widely spoken
Time Difference:
GMT +8 hours
Flight Time:
Approximately 13 hours

Flights: You can fly direct to Kuala Lumpur from London Heathrow Airport. If you wish to travel from other UK airports you will require a stop along the way.

Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Malaysia and free from any damage. British nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

Packing essentials: Malaysia has a tropical climate with year-round hot weather. This means it’s wise to pack lightweight breathable clothing, as well as sun cream, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. It is also worth taking insect repellent, medications, toiletries, a basic first aid kit, and a light rain jacket for any tropical showers.

Malaysia Highlights

Known throughout the world for its varied culture and breathtaking sights, Malaysia is perfect for every type of holiday, whether you crave beach relaxation or an energetic city break.

One of Malaysia’s highlights is its spectacular cultural history. Due to a variety of influences from ancient India and China, there are hundreds of incredible ruins, ancient temples and intricate shrines from different eras dotted around the country just waiting to be explored.

Another famous feature of Malaysia is its varied and delicious cuisine. Traditional Malaysian food features an authentic blend of spices and textures sure to tantalise your taste buds! If you want to try some traditional Malaysian cuisine then heading to the capital city of Kuala Lampur is a must.

Elsewhere, you’ll find enchanting natural wonders, with pristine shorelines, untouched rainforests, cascading waterfalls, rugged mountains and awe-inspiring wildlife all to be discovered. Enchanting animals that live in Malaysia include orangutan, banteng, clouded leopard, slow loris, proboscis monkey and endangered Bornean pygmy elephants.

Ultimately, Malaysia is a country with many personalities: ancient but modern, technological but spiritual, proud of its heritage but culturally diverse - and somehow these contradictions all work to form an incredible country.

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Weather in Malaysia

Malaysia has a subtropical climate, which means it enjoys hot weather all year round. It is worth noting, however, that due to the climate, the weather in Malaysia is prone to warm showers from time to time.

If you want to try and avoid a tropical downpour, the best time to visit West Malaysia is during its dry season, which runs from October through to April. If you would like to visit East Malaysia, the dry season in this part of the country is from March to September. However, keep in mind that Malaysia as a whole does experience some rain throughout the year, so dry weather cannot be guaranteed.

You’ll love Malaysia if…

… you want to experience some authentic and vibrant Eastern culture, while having the option to kick back and relax on golden sands.

A cheap luxury holiday to Malaysia allows you to explore incredible cities like Kuala Lumpur, experiencing the modern side of Malaysia, while also being able to immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and spiritual side of the country.

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