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.
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Malaysia travel highlights
Take a trishaw across old Malacca
It was a colonial outpost until the 19th century and an even older stopping point along the spice trade. Visit mosques, shrines temples and Portuguese buildings.
Try your hand at Malaysian cuisine
Take a cooking class from a local, and learn the secret ingredients to Malaysia’s irresistible foods.
Take a cable car across the paradise of Langkawi
After sunbaking, snorkelling and trekking the island of Langkawi, get a birds eye view of this unbelievable place.
Our Malaysia trips
Malaysia tour reviews
Our Malaysia trips score an average of 4.73 out of 5 based on 49 reviews in the last year.
Untamed Borneo , August 2016
This was a great trip; not too physical and we were able to see the wildlife and also see Orangutan in the Sanctuary. We were not rushed to move on and had enough time to see the cities and enjoy the activities.
Review submitted 19 Aug 2016
Untamed Borneo , August 2016
Well organised tour highlighting the magnificent wildlife
Review submitted 15 Aug 2016
Articles on Malaysia
Malaysia holiday information
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Local culture of Malaysia
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Shopping guide to Malaysia
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Malaysia festival calendar
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Food & drink in Malaysia
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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