Plan your luxury holidays in Malaysia with us to uncover aspects of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture – from hawker markets selling exquisite street food to sprawling Chinese night markets and the religious call of prayer.

Why travel to Malaysia

Heavily influenced by its cosmopolitan makeup there is plenty to keep culture vultures in awe on a luxury holiday in Malaysia. The Petronas Towers loom over the dramatic Kuala Lumpur skyline, while secluded tribesmen in the remote north seem a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
Geographically straddling the equator, Malaysia is separated into the Malaysian peninsula and Borneo by the South China Sea. One of the most biodiverse places in the world, the thick jungle covers most of the land mass and is estimated to contain 20% of all animal species in the world. The natural wealth found here could keep a naturalist occupied for a dozen lifetimes.
Sepilok in Borneo, is one of only four Orangutan sanctuaries in the world, offering a rare insight into the intimate lives of these wild creatures. Trekking up to the highest mountain in the region, Mount Kinabalu in the Cameron Highlands, and its cool and mild climate of offers a refreshing break from the high humidity of the tropics.
A dazzling array of beaches leaves sun seekers spoilt for choice. The East coasts and islands offer unexplored Robinson Crusoe beaches backing onto dense jungle, while Langkawi offers creature comforts combined with world-class hotels.
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KEY FACTS
CURRENCY

Malaysian Ringgit

LANGUAGE

Malay

TIMEZONE

GMT +08:00

TIPPING

Service included

PEAK TIME

June - August & December - January

USEFUL PHRASES

How are you – Apa khabar. (apah ka-bar) ...
Please – Tolong. (toh-long) ...
How much – Berapa. (be-raa-paa) ...
Can you speak English – Bolehkah anda berbahasa Inggeris. ...
Thank you – Terima kasih. ...

COLDEST MONTH

Same all year
30°C on average

HOTTEST MONTH

Same all year

SUSTAINABILITY

We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Malayasia

Our Destination Expert’s Top Tip

Don’t just think of Malaysia as a city or stopover destination, it’s actually great in the summer for family holidays

Flora Sweeting

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Asia, Middle East + Australia
Did you know...

Malaysia is home to the world’s largest cave chamber, the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park.

Cultural insight

With more than half the country comprising of ethnic Malays who follow the state religion – Islam – the most important festival in Malaysia is the Islamic New Year celebrations of Eid al-Fitr, or as it is known in Malay, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

Where to stay

Best hotels in Malaysia

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Malaysian hotels.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Borneo

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is an exceptional eco-resort located in the heart of the Danum Valley Conservation Area.

Surrounded by pristine rainforest, the lodge offers an immersive experience in one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems, with spacious chalets that blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Guided nature walks, wildlife spotting, river cruises and night safaris are highly recommended, as is a visit to the Canopy Walkway, a unique elevated bridge that allows for stunning views of the rainforest canopy

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Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kinabatangan River

This renowned eco-lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River offers a unique opportunity to experience the incredible wildlife of the region and create lasting memories in the heart of the rainforest.

Guests stay in comfortable chalets that blend seamlessly with the natural environment and can enjoy guided river cruises to spot proboscis monkeys, orangutans, pygmy elephants and a variety of bird species. Night walks are also available.

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Four Seasons Langkawi

Four Seasons Langkawi is a luxurious beachfront resort located on the beautiful island of Langkawi. Set amidst lush tropical gardens and overlooking the Andaman Sea, impeccable service, breath taking scenery and luxurious amenities make this a very special stay.

The rooms, suites and private villas are all elegantly designed with traditional Malay influences, and the resort enjoys excellent leisure facilities as well as offering stunning sunset cruises, cultural tours and nature walks to explore the island.

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We were looked after so well by everyone during our stays. The staff and guides everywhere we went were so friendly and went out of their way to make our trip special.

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It is rare when you arrive somewhere with such high expectations and find that these are exceeded by what you find.

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I just wanted to say, as I always do, what an utterly wonderful experience this was for us, and how very glad I am that we had the courage to make the trip.

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