Picture a place where South East Asian, Chinese and Indian peoples live together, beneath mosques, temples and high-rise towers, and just moments away from pristine jungle coasts – now you’re in Malaysia.
The thrumming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur is one of a kind. In no other place will you find the likes of the glorious national mosque side by side with glimmering skyscrapers like the Petronas towers. Just kilometres north of here, the sacred Hindu shrines of Batu caves, paint an even more eclectic picture of this multi-faceted country. The strangely colonial island of Penang and the luxurious beaches of Langkawi will erase everything you thought you knew about Malaysia. And if you think this diversity is impressive, just wait til you try Malaysia’s world-famous food.
What people say
Peregrine tours are very easy way to travel if you are visiting countries where it is challenging to travel alone. An all round excellent experience - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute :)
Malaysia travel highlights
Spot exotic birds along the Kinabatangan River
This forest reserve contains some of Borneo’s highest concentrations of wildlife. Stay in a lush jungle lodge and cruise the river in search of hornbills, kingfishers, crocodiles and monkeys.
Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Watch rare orangutans swing from vine to vine at this sanctuary in Sepilok, set up to help rehabilitate and re-introduce orphaned or domesticated animals into the wild.
Snorkel and relax on gorgeous Manukan Island
Enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation on this beautiful island in Abdul Rahman Marine National Park – swimming, snorkelling and kicking back with a sunset drink.
Our Malaysia trips
Malaysia tour reviews
Our Malaysia trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 68 reviews in the last year.
Untamed Borneo , June 2017
The "Untamed Borneo" trip gives travellers an opportunity to experience the jungle and the wildlife of Borneo is a safe and manageable way. We were delighted to see wild orangutang, various species of monkeys and birds, and best of all, pygmy elephants in the wild! The variety of the itinerary (ending with snorkelling in a seaside resort) is a real bonus. And our guide was full of enthusiasm and knowledge, as well as highly organised. It's a fabulous trip!
Review submitted 21 Jun 2017
Untamed Borneo , April 2017
Just read all you can about where you are going. The 3 trips we have done with Peregrine/Indochina have all had excellent guides, something different on the tours that you wouldn't see if you were travelling on your own. and mainly good central accommodation where possible.
Review submitted 19 May 2017
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Malaysia travel FAQs
- Australia: No - not required
- Belgium: No - not required
- Canada: No - not required
- Germany No - not required
- Ireland: No - not required
- Netherlands: No - not required
- New Zealand: No - not required
- South Africa: No - not required
- Switzerland: No - not required
- United Kingdom: No - not required
- USA: No - not required
The above nationalities do not need visas to visit Malaysia as a tourist for up to three months. Other nationalities should check with their Malaysian embassy or consulate.
Tipping isn’t common practice in Malaysia. Some restaurants may include a 10% surcharge with the bill. Other than that, there’s no need to tip for services.
Malaysia has good internet access in the cities, but rural and remote areas will have little to no service.
Mobile coverage is good across Malaysia except in some rural and remote places. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Malaysia has both Western-style toilets and squat toilets, depending on where you go. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Hawker food snack = 3 MYR
- Cup of teh tarik (tea) = 1-2 MYR
- Beer in a bar or pub = 8 MYR
- Souvenir t-shirt = 10-20 MYR
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Malaysia. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card in places like hotels, malls and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, however many local businesses may not accept credit cards.
Malaysia has plenty of ATMs in its rural areas but less of them in rural and remote places.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays in Malaysia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Malaysia/public-holidays