With cultural influences from China, and colonial history with the Dutch, Portuguese and British, Malaysia is a true melting pot! You can witness these influences in the religions, the architecture and of course the cuisine - with delicious local specialties and options ranging from vibrant street food to fine dining.
Malaysia's cosmopolitan capital Kuala Lumpur offers the big city fix, with respite on offer in the rainforests and jungles, the Cameron Highlands with its tea plantations, and of course the many tropical beaches along the coast. Draped in some of Asia’s last great rainforests, Malaysian Borneo is a land of natural biodiversity. There is also a wealth of tribal culture, towering peaks in vast mountain ranges and seas rich in coral and tropical fish. The island is divided into four sections. Kalimantan is the largest part of the island and belongs to Indonesia. The most frequently visited areas of Borneo are Sabah and Sarawak, the two states that make up Malaysian Borneo. The smallest part is the sultanate of Brunei. Throughout Sabah and Sarawak, coastal and inland national parks abound with a vast array of wildlife, from monitor lizards and turtles to clouded leopards, orangutan and pygmy on the many tropical islands just off the coast. For those seeking adventure, the summit of Mount Kinabalu, presents a breathtaking challenge.Read More...
The orangutan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok (Malaysian Borneo), the endangered Malayan tigers of Taman Negara National Park and the colourful marine life of Sipadan’s top diving spots.
Climbing to the summit of Mount Kinabalu presents a breathtaking (literally) challenge for the active hiker at an elevation of 4,095 metres. You are rewarded, of course, with spectacular views from the top.
The hustle and bustle of KL offers great nightlife, incredible shopping and an array of delicious dining experiences, from vibrant street food to fine dining.
There is so much to explore on the island of Penang, with its exotic blend of cultural traditions, colonial history and modern twists. George Town offers British Colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, mosques and more.
A great day trip from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca City was once a fishing village but is now an historical hub and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the city’s historical centre with a walk through Chinatown.
Borneo is one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations as the best time to travel is between March and October. The wet season is traditionally from November to February, but the climate in this part of Asia can be very unpredictable so it is best to accept the possibility of rain at any time. By their very nature, rainforest areas have a wet climate and are hot and humid for most of the year.
Currency Malaysian ringgit
Language Due to the diversity of cultures that exist within Malaysia, there are many different languages spoken across the country. Nevertheless, Bahasa Malaysia Malay is the most widespread and native language of the country. English is taught in schools and is efficiently spoken by many locals. In addition, Chinese dialects, Arabic, Portuguese and even some Thai areas are found throughout Malaysia.
Why we love it Travellers will adore the great variety in Malaysia’s cuisine, which can be found in just about every city and town with a variety of local delicacies. We love the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most extensive hill station, with a collection of peaceful townships perched 1500 meters high on a nest of serene mountains. Cooling resorts, tea plantations and strawberry farms sprawl lazily across lush valleys and meandering hillslopes.
Weather Borneo is one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations as the best time to travel is between March and October. The wet season is traditionally from November to February, but the climate in this part of Asia can be very unpredictable so it is best to accept the possibility of rain at any time. By their very nature, rainforest areas have a wet climate and are hot and humid for most of the year.
Social customs and quirks Malaysia is a multi-cultural society. The main ethnic groups are the native Malays as well as large populations of Chinese, and Indians. When visiting the country it is clear that the ethnicities retain their religions, customs and way of life. Handshakes are commonly used as part of the introductions in Malaysia, although in some instances the handshake may only be exchanged with members of the same gender. Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, and this fact should be taken deeply into consideration when choosing which clothes to wear when going around. It is advisable to wear conservative clothing especially in rural areas, or when planning to enter a mosque or other places of worship. Ladies are advised to wear loose and long pants or skirts, and long-sleeved shirts especially when entering places of worship.
Festivals and events Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix attracts thousands of spectators to Kuala Lumpur every March, the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the best races on the world circuit. The event is held at the Sepang International Circuit to the south of the capital.
Health* The government of Malaysia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.
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