Luxury Malaysia Travel
Luxury Malaysia Travel
Let Us Plan Your Travel to Malaysia
Malaysia is colourful, multi-cultural, and in many ways a mini-Asia in itself. The population is made up of three core groups – ethnic Malay, Chinese, and Indian – with dozens more minor groups in thrown in for good measure: Persian, Arab, Filipino, Javanese, Nepalese, Burmese…to name just a few. Count in the historic influences of various colonial settlers – Portuguese, then Dutch, then British – and you have quite the melting pot.
Malaysia’s multi-culturalism is exhibited in a colourful array of languages, architectural styles, festivals, and – above all else – in possibly the world’s best cuisine. If you’ve ever wanted to taste ‘the world on a plate’ (or the eastern half of it at least!) – this is the place. A trip to Malaysia is an absolute must for foodies, with historic ports Malacca and Penang in particular offering possibly the finest street food scenes anywhere on the planet.
You’ll also find great variety in the travel experiences on offer. A typical tour of Malaysia takes in vibrant urban spaces (Kuala Lumpur), historic ports (Malacca; Penang), cool tea-carpeted hills (the Cameron Highlands), jungles (Taman Negara; Belum) and all around the coast, tropical islands offering postcard-perfect white sand and azure blue beaches. Your time in Malaysia will include elements of history, culture, food, landscapes, adventure, all packed into a relatively compact area with minimal time lost to transfers as you move around.
These pages cover all aspects of luxury travel in Peninsular Malaysia (also known as West Malaysia); please see our Borneo pages for information on travel to Malaysian Borneo. Although they make up two halves of the same nation, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo are two distinct experiences and often treated as two standalone destinations. If you’re interested in combining the two – and it’s quite the heady combination! – you’ll see some suggestions on how to do so in our luxury tour selection below.
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Suggested itineraries for Malaysia
We’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively in Malaysia and are full of enticing trip ideas. Our specialists have put together a range of sample tours – found below – illustrating the key destinations and best routes.
Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Langkawi8 NightsFrom £1,950 PPCapture the best of Malaysia in this compact, exciting 9-day itinerary which focuses on the jewels of the we st coast: Malacca, KL, Penang, and Langkawi.
Singapore, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Taman Negara National Park, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Langkawi13 NightsFrom £2,495 PPDelight in the very best cultural, gastronomic, and scenic adventures of Singapore and Malaysia in this 14-day greatest hits itinerary.
Best Hotels in Malaysia
Malaysia offers a fantastic array of upmarket and luxury accommodation. You’ll find some of our specialists’ personal favourites below.
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When is the best time to travel to Malaysia?
Being located so close to the equator Malaysia experiences hot, tropical weather year-round. Wherever you travel and whatever time of year you should expect warm, humid days with short, sharp downpours (which usually dry up very quickly) arriving every other day or so. That said, if you’re intending to cover a ‘classic’ Malaysia itinerary – focusing on west coast destinations KL, Malacca, Penang, and Langkawi – you’ll generally see clearer weather from November through to April. Temperatures hover around 29-32C / 80-90F in these destinations year-round.
Is it possible to travel in the off-season?
As long as you plan your travel effectively, Malaysia doesn’t have an ‘off-season’ as such. The summer months of July to October see heavier rains over on the western side of the peninsula (which includes Langkawi and Penang), but in contrast the eastern beaches (Perhentians, Redang, Tioman, Terengganu) are ideal at this time. This also mirrors the best time to visit Malaysian Borneo, so complete itineraries which include some of the peninsula, the jungles and wildlife of Borneo, and a beach either in Borneo or on the east coast of Malaysia are perfect for summer family holidays or honeymoons.
Can I combine other destinations with Malaysia?
Malaysia’s setting in the dead centre of Southeast Asia, plus KL’s status as a major regional flight hub, make combinations with nearby countries are enticingly easy to put together. The obvious combinations are with the world-beating wildlife attractions of Malaysian Borneo, just an hour flight across the South China Sea, or with Singapore, located at the bottom tip of the Malay peninsula and accessed by road, rail, and also by air from many regional Malaysian airports. Indonesia has commonalities of culture, language, cuisine, and climate and makes an intriguing combination; Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia are all also just a short flight away.
How do we get around?
As with our other destinations in Southeast Asia you’ll mostly be joined by a private English-speaking guide for all transfers and sightseeing. A key difference in Malaysia is that it is often a driver-guide (one person fulfilling both roles): partly due to cost as Malaysia has a stronger economy than its neighbours, and also as the roads are noticeably – but not entirely! – less hectic. Malaysia’s good roads also make self-drive an option: a particularly fun route connects KL, the Cameron Highlands, and Penang. Train travel connects all major points on the West coast (plus Singapore) and with comfortable, modern carriages makes a relaxing and scenic way to get around.
Is Malaysia accessible for western visitors?
Malaysia is an extremely friendly and accessible destination. A legacy of British rule, plus the many sub-cultures within the population, sees English used as a ‘Lingua Franca and widely spoken throughout the country. Most Malaysians you encounter will be near-fluent English speakers – albeit with an accent and some intriguing loan words and slang thrown in! Road signs and public transport are usually triple-printed in Bahasa (the official Malaysian language), English, and Chinese. Helpfully you’ll also find that Bahasa uses Roman script with many recognisable signs and menu items: kopi (coffee), teksi (taxi), restoran (restaurant), etc. As a rule, you’ll also find that Malaysian people are extremely friendly, largely informal, and great fun.
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