Holidays to Malaysia
For beaches and diving head to the palm-fringed islands of Langkawi, Tioman and Redang, while hikers can venture to the see the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands.
Sarawak and Sabah in Borneo – where the rainforest meets the ocean – offer a more off-the-beaten track experience. Borneo is also the place to see incredible wildlife: blessed with bountiful rainforest, it’s home to native orangutans, sun bears and rare clouded leopards.
Straddling the equator, the country is split between Peninsula Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo
Where to go
Many big trips kick off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s lush capital. Built around a natural rainforest, it has a real east-meets-west atmosphere – with futuristic architecture, gold-domed temples and ancient banyan trees.
Visit the Batu Caves, a revered Hindu temple set in a series of limestone caverns, then take a trip over to George Town on Penang, Malaysia’s second city, which has stacks of colonial appeal, a buzzing street food scene and Khoo Kongsi, the grandest Chinese clan temple in the country.
Diving fans tend to flock to the islands, especially Langkawi where the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea is brimming with tropical sea life including dugongs, dolphins and leatherback turtles.
When to go
Malaysia is at her best between March and October. Rainy season is between November and February – a little earlier on the west coast – but showers are brief, while annual festivals like the Hungry Ghost Festival (August) Deepavali (November) and Thaipusam (January) are also popular times to visit.