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Tailor-made Holidays to Malaysia

Whether you’re into wildlife like the peculiar proboscis monkey, architecture like the sky-high Petronas Towers, or breathtaking beaches like the sands in Penang, Malaysia has it all. And our Malaysia holiday guide has even more. Choose your perfect trip and hit the save button to add it to your Travel Plans.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's twin towers are an icon of modern Malaysia and a fantastic place to take in a city view from the Skybridge or the 86th floor observation deck. Ascend to the dizzy heights with Round the World Experts’ Malaysia Journeys, found below.

The Petronas Towers light up at night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Tethered to the mainland by Southeast Asia's longest bridge (15 miles), the island of Penang combines colonial heritage, breathtaking beaches and the country's finest cuisine. Visit Penang on one of our tailor-made Journeys to Malaysia, or chat to our Experts for more information.

Batu Ferringhi Beach on Penang, Malaysia


An archipelago of 99 islands carpeted in lush jungle and surrounded by clear waters, Langkawi’s main island, Pulau Langkawi, offers plenty of upmarket hotels and soothing spas. Langkawi makes a relaxing final stop on our Malaysia Journeys, found below.


About Malaysia

Looking for more than just a beach holiday in Malaysia? Then you’ve come to the right place. At Round the World Experts, we can help you design the ultimate Malaysian itinerary that encompasses everything from outdoor adventure, island relaxation, cultural encounters, or all three.

Tailor-made Malaysia holidays with Round the World Experts

Our dedicated Travel Experts have fantastic knowledge of Malaysia and will take the time to get to know you and your travel style in order to match you with the best activities, experiences and accommodation.

While our service is personal and bespoke, and you can book your holiday to Malaysia with us with confidence. We have access to incredible airfares and accommodation deals, as well as offering 24/7 emergency assistance for whenever you may need us.

In addition to this service, your Expert will also be on hand to help and offer advice before and during your holiday. So from start to finish we’re with you every step of the way to ensure your experience exceeds your expectations. That’s the Round the World difference.

Want to find out what itinerary we can create for your? Contact one of our Malaysia Holiday Experts today.

There's more to eclectic Malaysia than meets the eye. A country spread over two landmasses separated by the South China Sea, its home to one of Asia's most multicultural populations, boasting Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian heritage.

Whether you're drawn to the futuristic skyline of Kuala Lumpur, colonial Penang and Melaka (Malacca), or the jungles, mountains and caves of Sabah and Sarawak, both the Malaysian peninsula and the island of Borneo strike a fine balance between modernity, history and untamed nature.

Travel in Malaysia couldn't be easier with regular flights connecting all major cities and reliable buses and private tours taking you from the heart of Kuala Lumpur to the serene Cameron Highlands or the peninsula's jungle interior in a matter of hours. While you’re there, you’ll want to explore as much of Malaysia as you can, from Mount Kinabalu to the coral-fringed islands. Be sure to take the time to savour the world-famous fusion cuisine as well, the perfect symbol for the national’s incredibly diverse blend.

When to go

Malaysia's relatively stable but tropical climate makes it a favourite getaway all year round. Though mostly less affected by the tropical monsoon season compared to its regional neighbours, travel along the east coast of the peninsula and on Borneo can still be affected between November and February, when rainfall is highest and some boat services to the islands are suspended. To experience Malaysia in celebration, some of the biggest annual festivals are Chinese New Year in January or February, the Buddhist Vesak festival in May or June and the Hindu Diwali festival of lights in October or November. The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is observed by more than half of Malaysia’s population, and the end of the month usually sees many local businesses closing and major cities largely free of traffic.

As round the world airfare experts, we can arrange your flight to Malaysia in myriad ways. Whether you just want to stop somewhere on the way, or make Malaysia your first port of call on a larger journey, we can create a custom-itinerary to suit you and your budget.

Airlines that fly to malaysia

  • Air France
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM
  • Singapore Airlines

Malaysia airports

Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is one of the busiest flight hubs in Asia, making it a great destination for a stopover or holiday in its own right. If you prefer to start your Malaysian adventure at another destination however, we can easily book your flight connections to destinations like Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Langkawi, Penang and other major cities on the peninsula and Borneo.

Best time to fly

Malaysia's busiest seasons for tourism coincide with its major international holidays. The country has an influx of tourists from the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months of December and January and more arrivals from Asia and the Middle East during the school holidays between June and early September. If you’re travelling on a budget, we recommend avoiding these peak seasons as well as other busy periods such as Chinese New Year.

Flight facts

Malaysia Airlines is the country's national carrier. Direct flights from London to Kuala Lumpur take approximately 12 hours and 25 minutes, or you can arrange connections to other Malaysian airports with a stopover in Dubai or other major cities along the route.

As a sprawling country with so much to offer, what constitutes a highlight in Malaysia can vary from person to person; there simply is so much to enjoy. For ideas that are suited to your interests and travel styles though, see our recommendations below or get in touch with a Round the World Expert today.

For food and culture:

  • Head to Penang for Chinese heritage and unbeatable street food
  • Wander Melaka's historic streets and Dutch Square to see a medley of colonial influences
  • Take part in a local market and home cooking experience in Kuala Lumpur

For beaches:

  • Visit Langkawi, a glorious region made up of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea
  • Explore Penang National Park, home to some of its finest secluded beaches
  • Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise at Pangkor Laut
  • Check out upmarket Redang Island, which offers powder white sand and world-class snorkelling

For nature:

  • Visit the dense rainforest of Taman Negara national park, an emerging eco-tourism hotspot in the centre of the peninsula
  • Swap tropical heat for the cool climate of the Cameron Highlands
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's tallest mountain
  • Explore the vast caves of Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak

For a stopover in Kuala Lumpur:

  • Take in the city views from the top of the Petronas Towers 
  • Explore Kuala Lumpur's many museums for an introduction to Malaysia's multi-faceted culture
  • Join a day tour to the incredible Batu Caves
  • Visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park – the most popular tourist attraction in the country

The ultimate itinerary: 

Explore all that Malaysia has to offer in just two weeks with our Marvels of Malaysia Journey. Beginning in the port city of Malacca, the itinerary will then see you travel to Kuala Lumpur for a tour of the Batu Caves as well as a local market and home cooking experience. After all the action of KL, you'll then take a few days to relax in the tropical town of Pangkor Laut before returning home to the UK.  

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