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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


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.



Name: Malaysian ringgit
Code: MYR
Symbol: RM


Time Zones

Malaysia Standard Time (GMT+8)

Malaysia City Package from $399pp*

This package includes return airport transfers to Hotel Sentral Pudu in downtown Kuala Lumpur, two nights' accommodation and a city tour that will show you gold-domed King's Palace, colourful Chinatown, and the world's tallest free-standing flag pole. Plus extra free time to explore! 
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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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Malaysia travel costs


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

Taxi Ride

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).



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



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



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

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Mount Kinabalu

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Penang Street Food.






Pulau Tiga


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.
From $899
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Independent Malaysia Encompassed Adventure | 9 days
For those who wish to get immersed in Malaysia`s amazing landscapes, don’t hesitate any longer and go on this incredible 9-day trip across the country. You will discover Kuala Lumpur, the capital, the Cameron Highlands and its majestic forests, Penang which is famous for its beautiful beaches and cultural diversity, and Melaka the historical 14th century port.
From $1,286pp
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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.
From $2,031
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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 $1,159
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kuala lumpur package
Day trip Orang-Utan Sepilok and City Tour
Save a date to meet our wild man in Sepilok Sandakan, which is the second largest city in Borneo after Kota Kinabalu. Get a chance to look up closer their natural habitat. Upon your arrival at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, you will watch the 25 minutes schedule video documentary show. A boardwalk which leads you to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day at 10am by the rangers. You will visit Central Market, Sim-Sim Water Village, Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple after you taken your lunch at local’s restaurant.
1 day from $138
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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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Our Malaysia Accommodation

Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur 3 star
Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur 3*
This rock solid, large hotel comes with clean, modern rooms and large common areas in KL. Close to the Bukit Bintang district and a short walk from Masjid India and Petronas Towers.
3 nights $119
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Furama Bukit Bintang bedroom
Furama Bukit Bintang 4*
Centrally located in the Golden Triangle KL, it’s a short walk from Berjaya Times Square where all the shopping and entertainment happens. This high rise, with classy interior and fabulous views will make anyone’s stay bright.
3 nights from $189
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Shangri La Rasa Ria
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa 5*
In an untouchable forested nature reserve right on a private beach in Kota Kinabalu. This is luxury at it’s finest where you can escape with jungle walks, watersports and nature at your doorstep. Stay 7, Pay 5. Valid for bookings: now-31Oct20. Valid for stays: 01Apr20 – 31Oct20. Blackout dates apply.
7 nights from $899
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