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Malaysia Holidays


A holiday in Malaysia is the perfect solution if you find it tricky to decide whether you want to lounge on a beach, discover new cultures and history or get stuck into a real outdoors adventure .

Malaysia is a perfect destination for multi centre holidays, promising picture perfect beaches, dramatic mountains and jungles, astonishing wildlife and a unique melting pot of cultures.
Of course, if you just want to relax on the beach or spend your whole holiday wildlife watching there’s more than enough here to fill your days.

History has blessed Malaysia with a unique blend of cultures and histories and Kuala Lumpur is a cosmopolitan microcosm of the country. Here, cheek by jowl, you’ll find colourful Hindu temples, elegant mosques and glamorous sunset hangouts catering to the hip and the beautiful.

Venture out to explore the Malay Peninsula and you’ll find fascinating ports, verdant tea plantations and ancient rainforests.

Malaysia is heaven for beach lovers, from lively resorts via lush jungle covered isles to quiet beaches where fishermen continue their traditional lifestyle.

The snaking rivers, caves and thick rainforests of Borneo are bursting with opportunities to get out and explore. And, once you’re done, you might enjoy the beautiful beaches too!

OUR HOLIDAYS TO MALAYSIA

Classic Malaysia
11 days / 10 nights
from €2,230
  • Malacca
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Taman Negara
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Georgetown, Penang

  • Highlights of Borneo & Kuala Lumpur
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €2,283
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Orangutans
  • Bako National Park
  • Kuala Lumpur

  • Absolute Luxury Singapore & Malaysia
    14 days / 13 nights
    from €3,099
  • Singapore
  • Georgetown, Penang
  • Langkawi’s beaches

  • Singapore & Langkawi
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €789
  • Singapore
  • Langkawi

  • Sabah Nature Trails
    7 days / 6 nights
    from €1,301
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Kinabalu National Park
  • Kota Kinabalu

  • Journey Through Sarawak
    7 days / 6 nights
    from €1,007
  • Charming Kuching
  • Orangutans at Semenggoh
  • Iban longhouse visit
  • Bako National Park

  • WHERE TO GO IN MALAYSIA

    Whether you are a city slicker, history buff, sun worshipper of wildlife enthusiast Malaysia fits the bill. In just over a week you could discover the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur, explore the historic delights of Malacca, walk along scenic hill trails in the Cameron Highlands and throw yourself into the cultural melting pot of Penang. Alternatively you could discover the rainforests, mountains and incredible wildlife of Borneo - or you could just flop on one of the beautiful beaches. Take a look at the guide below to discover further or give us a call if you are looking for some inspiration.
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    Kuala Lumpur
    Commonly known as KL, Malaysia’s modern capital city is a cultural melting pot where towering glass and steel-clad skyscrapers sit side by side with historic temples, mosques, minarets and colonial buildings. Learn about Malaysia’s fascinating colonial history at Merdeka Square before joining the locals to sample the mouth-watering culinary treats at Jalan Alor. KL is a fast-paced and vibrant city that has something for everyone.
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    Langkawi
    Langkawi lies surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and is widely considered to be one of South East Asia’s most beautiful island destinations. World-class resorts sit on pristine white beaches with unbeatable views. For those who can tear themselves away from the coast this island has plenty to offer, from duty free shopping in Kuah Town to exploration of the 2 million year old rainforest.
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    Georgetown, Penang
    Founded by the British in 1786 the charming city of Georgetown is home to colonial architecture, colourful temples and a vibrant street life. With a unique cultural heritage stemming from Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences, this fascinating city also boasts some of the best cuisine in Malaysia. Georgetown’s burgeoning art scene, inviting coffee shops and romantically crumbling shophouses only add to its allure.
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    Batu Ferringhi, Penang
    The lively and popular beach resort of Batu Ferringhi is Penang’s most visited beach and boasts a wide selection of hotels, plentiful dining and numerous shopping opportunities. This great value location offers a host of attractions including a variety of watersports and is famous for its spectacular sunsets. Batu Ferringhi also boasts an excellent night market.
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    Malacca
    An absorbing blend of Asian and European culture, Malacca was once one of the greatest trading posts in South East Asia. Successive Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rule have left the city with an intriguing assortment of historical buildings, many of which are well preserved. Malacca boasts a relaxed pace of life, lovely boutiques and galleries, not to mention fabulous traditional food.
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    Borneo Beaches
    Best known for its abundant wildlife and tropical rainforest, Borneo is also home to fabulous resorts, unspoilt beaches, teeming coral reefs and the occasional nesting turtle. Lively Kota Kinabalu acts as a gateway to coral-fringed islands and expansive bays of sweeping white sand flanked by rainforest. A winning combination of natural beauty and amazing coastal scenery make Borneo a popular beach destination.
    Cameron Highlands
    Malaysia’s most famous and extensive hill station, the Cameron Highlands is the perfect reprieve from the tropical heat of the lowlands. Boasting a comfortable, temperate climate this is a beautiful region of boundless tea plantations, unspoiled forests and picturesque waterfalls. The area retains a characteristically old English atmosphere and the abundant walking trails amid pretty scenery are very popular.
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    Pulau Pangkor Laut
    This fabulous, jungle-clad island is located in the Malacca Straits, just off the west coast of Malaysia and mid-way between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Home to a single luxury resort, Pulau Pangkor Laut boasts secluded beaches of soft white sand, enticing emerald waters and pristine tropical rainforest. This privately owned piece of paradise is a haven of tropical tranquillity.
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    Terengganu Beaches
    Travel just a little further afield within Peninsular Malaysia and you will be justly rewarded. Close to the bustling city of Kuala Terengganu are the secluded beaches, sleepy villages and wild coastal scenery of the north eastern state of Terengganu. As well as stunning scenery, this enchanting region also boasts a vibrant traditional culture.
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    Borneo
    Holidays to Borneo promise incredible wildlife viewing, beautiful unspoilt beaches and a rich cultural heritage. Borneo’s rainforests have a biodiversity to rival the Amazon and, combined with the sheer density of animals and birds, puts it on a par with the Masai Mara and Serengeti for viewing wildlife. The beaches of Borneo are just magnificent, tranquil stretches of golden sands often backed by lush tropical vegetation and offering superb snorkelling opportunities. They are a great addition to any Borneo holiday or a perfect choice for a holiday in their own right.
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    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN MALAYSIA

    The Datai Langkawi
    Langkawi
    from €202
  • Gorgeous beach
  • 2 stunning pools
  • Non-motorised watersports
  • Award-winning spa
  • Gym
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf
  • Nature walks
  • Free mini bar (excluding alcohol)
  • 4 restaurants & 2 bars
  • Free wi-fi

  • Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Georgetown
    Penang
    from €97
  • Selection of restaurants & bars
  • 2 pools with coastal views
  • Gym
  • Free wi-fi

  • Pangkor Laut Resort, Pulau Pangkor Laut
    Hidden Gems
    from €87
  • Private Island
  • 2 pools (one for spa guests only)
  • Watersports
  • Spa Village
  • Gym
  • Tennis & squash courts
  • Resident naturalist
  • 5 restaurants & 2 bars
  • Free wi-fi

  • Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur
    from €82
  • Wide range of dining options
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • State-of-the-art gym
  • Free wi-fi

  • The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur
    from €49
  • 2 restaurants & 2 bars
  • Outdoor pool
  • The Majestic Spa
  • Spa pool
  • Gym
  • Free wi-fi

  • The Danna Langkawi
    Langkawi
    from €134
  • Pretty beach
  • Infinity pool
  • Fabulous spa
  • Gym
  • Library & reading room
  • Kids’ club
  • Selection of restaurants & bars including The Churchill Room serving wines from around the world
  • Free wi-fi

  • THINGS TO DO IN MALAYSIA

    1 Night Orangutan & Sun Bear Discovery
    2 days / 1 night
    from €466
  • Watch orangutans enjoy their morning feeding
  • Spend a night at the Sepilok Nature Resort
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Lookout for the 250 bird species from a canopy walkway

  • Batu Caves & Royal Selangor
    Approx 3.5 hours
    from €60
  • Impressive cave temples
  • Hindu shrines
  • Royal Selangor Pewter factory

  • Historical Malacca
    Approx 8 hours
    from €140
  • World Heritage Site
  • Porta de Santiago
  • Temples & shophouses

  • Introduction to Kuala Lumpur
    Approx 4 hours
    from €77
  • See the Petronas Twin Towers
  • Jamek Mosque
  • Panoramic views of city

  • Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple
    Approx 4 hours
    from €81
  • One of largest Busshist temple complexes in SE Asia
  • Fabulous views from Penang Hill
  • Funicular railway

  • Langkawi Mangroves Tour
    Approx 5 hours
    from €45
  • Lush mangrove forests
  • Exotic birdlife
  • Gentle cruise

  • When is the best time to visit Malaysia?

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    Malaysia Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

    GMT
    +8 hours

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    Flight Time to Malaysia

    Approx
    12½ hours

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    Currency

    Malaysian Ringgit

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    Visa Required?

    Yes for stays over 3 months

    €20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
    Cholera
    Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
    Japanese Encephalitis
    Malaria
    Rabies
    Typhoid
    Yellow Fever

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Malaysia from just €69 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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    Visa information given is given for Irish citizens holding a valid Irish passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine Irish childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.

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