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Malaysia

Travel Guide

Discover the beautiful diversity of Malaysia's landscapes and cities. Trek through tropical jungles, dive or snorkel in colourful reefs, relax on pristine beaches and sample exotic Malaysian cuisine. Nature lovers can fly over to Borneo to spot wild orangutans or climb Mount Kinabalu, whilst city types can get a dose of culture amongst the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Read this Malaysia travel guide for ideas of things to do in Malaysia, flight deals, and other inspiration that will help you start planning your Malaysia holiday!

Malaysia fast facts

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Languages Spoken

Malay language is the national language but English is widely spoken. Malaysians also speak various languages and dialects depending on their ethnicity or background.

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Currency

Name: Malaysian ringgit
Code: MYR
Symbol: RM

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Time Zones

Malaysia Standard Time (GMT+8)

Top places to visit in Malaysia

Malaysia has heaps of places to explore, destinations such as Penang, with Georgetown and the street art trail, Langkawi, Melaka Kuching & Kota Kinabalu. Each area has its own unique charms (and even some UNESCO awards). Get some inspiration from our travel guides below.
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Kuala Lumpur

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Malacca

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Borneo

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Penang

Malaysia travel costs

Beers

Beer is cheapest in the local supermarket (a can of beer will set you back about $1.70) and usually sold in 6, 12 or 24 packs. Drinks in bars and meals in restaurants will be considerably more expensive.

Meals

Meals at food stalls are perfect for those on a budget, costing between $1-2. Mid-range restaurant meals will cost between $6-16.

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Taxis are metered with fares based on a flag down rate and by distance travelled. Surcharges are common from the airport and inner city areas. Alternatively, you can use the popular taxi service called ‘Grab’ (like Uber).

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Transport

Public transport is cheap in Malaysia. Long distance buses will usually cost under $35.

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Hostels

A dorm bed in a hostel costs between $4-20 a night.

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Hotels

Air-con double rooms with a bathroom in a mid-range hotel will cost between $20 and $35 a night.

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Malaysia highlights

 

 

 

 

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Langkawi

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Mount Kinabalu

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Penang Street Food.

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Pulau Tiga

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Things to do in Malaysia: tours and packages

Malaysia Tours

sarawak tour
Experience Sarawak | 6 days
If Borneo is a nature lover’s dream (and it is), this fantastic six-day adventure is that dream come to life. Beginning in the dazzling city of Kuching, you’ll venture deep into the wondrous Bako National Park – home to odd-looking proboscis monkeys and the carnivorous pitcher plant. Next, it’s on to Batang Ai to spend the night in a fascinating Iban longhouse for an eye-opening glimpse into how Borneo's indigenous peoples live deep in the heart of the jungle.
Was $1,199 | Now $1,019 | 15% off!
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Western Borneo Experience | 8 days
This eight-day journey is perfect for the nature lover who wants to experience the beauty of Borneo while trekking and cruising through it. Hike in Gunung Mulu National Park, checking out Deer Cave as you go. Reward yourself with some relaxation on the tropical island of Pulau Tiga, where you can spend your time snorkelling, kayaking, or visiting Snake Island. This tour is a perfect blend of activity and relaxation; exactly how time on an island should be spent.
Was $1,599 | Now $1,359
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mount kinabalu
Highlights of Sabah & Mt Kinabalu
Spend time exploring Malaysia's jungle playground, Sabah. Meet orangutans in a rehabilitation centre, cruise on a river safari and trek up the stunning Mount Kinabalu.
Was $2,069 | Now $1,655 | 20% off
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perhentian island
Perhentian Island Beach Escape
Arrive in Kota Bharu airport and ferry to Perhentian Island for five days of sun, sea and relaxation. You'll stay in an eco-friendly resort with its own private beach. Spend your days swimming in the bay, helping in the island's conservation efforts. The package includes accommodation, some meals, transfers and a snorkelling trip. Jungle trekking, diving and kayaking are optional (but super fun) extras.
5 days from $699
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kuala lumpur package
Kuala Lumpur stopover package
Meet at Kuala Lumpur airport and transfer to Hotel Sentral Pudu in downtown KL. With two nights' accommodation, breakfast each morning and return airport transfers all included, this is more than just a whistle stop. A half-day city tour will show you gold-domed King's Palace, colourful Chinatown, and the world's tallest free-standing flag pole. Plus, there's plenty of free time to get to know the Malaysian consumer culture!
3 days from $179
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borneo tour
Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Caves & Turtles
Step into the wild with this nature-filled romp around the best bits of Borneo. Get picked up in Sandakan and catch a boat to Turtle Island for snorkelling and swimming. Next, visit the Gomantong Caves and take a trip down the Kinabatangan River in search of big-nosed proboscis monkeys. Finish at the Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre to say 'hello' to the big ginger swingers. Then, it's back to the city, where your trip ends.
3 days from $890
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