Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. There are various beautiful national parks, pristine beaches with great diving opportunities, Kuala Lumpur's crazy quilt ultra-modern skyline, and the diverse cities of East Malaysia, like Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Read more...
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SINGAPORE AND SABAH,
8 Days / 7 Nights
From £1,515 pp / with standard hotels and lodges
A quick visit to Singapore on your way to Borneo, then dive into the nature and wildlife adventure. Visit Kinabalu National Park, walk on a canopy walkway 40 metres above the jungle, visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitations Centre and discover wildlife in the Kinabatangan region.
SINGAPORE, SARAWAK - BORNEO
AND KUALA LUMPUR
9 Days / 8 Nights
From £1,525 pp / with standard hotels and lodges
Visit Singapore, then explore the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Visit Bako National Park, meet the Orang Utans at Semenggoh Orang Utan Sanctuary before visiting the traditional Iban tribe and learning about their way of life.
WITH TAMAN NEGARA NATIONAL PARK
11 Days / 10 Nights
From £1,700 pp / with standard boutique hotels
Visit the old colonial town of Malacca. Explore the vibrant Kuala Lumpur where you will join a cooking class to learn about Malay cuisine, then climb the 272 steps up to the Batu Caves, the most important Hindu temple in Malaysia. Trek in the jungles of Taman Negara National Park, sip tea in the Cameron Highlands then after a quick visit in Ipoh, continue to Bukit Merah, the only Orang Utan research facility in Peninsular Malaysia. Finally soak up the atmosphere in Georgetown, Penang, the first British settlement in Southeast Asia.
EXPERIENCE PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
WITH THE BELUM RAINFOREST
11 Days / 10 Nights
From £1,930 pp / with standard boutique hotels
Visit the old colonial town of Malacca. Explore the vibrant Kuala Lumpur where you will join a cooking class to learn about Malay cuisine, then climb the 272 steps up to the Batu Caves, the most important Hindu temple in Malaysia. Sip tea in the Cameron Highlands then after a quick visit in Ipoh, trek in Belum rainforest, one of the oldest and most pristine rainforests in Peninsular Malaysia, then continue to Bukit Merah, the only Orang Utan research facility in Peninsular Malaysia. Finally soak up the atmosphere in Georgetown, Penang, the first British settlement in Southeast Asia.
WILDLIFE AND JUNGLE
IN SABAH, BORNEO
8 Days / 7 Nights
From £1,990 pp / with deluxe hotels and lodges
Start at the Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site for its role as one of the world’s most important biological sites. Explore the jungle on canopy trails, take a dip in one of the soothing, steaming hot mineral springs at Poring Hot Springs. Stay at Sabah Tea Garden Resort and learn how tea leaves are processed, then head to the Kinabatangan raiforest cruise in search of wildlife along the Kinabatangan River. Finally visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre and the Bornean Sun Bear Centre and enjoy some village walks before ending your tour in Kota Kinabalu.
SABAH & SARAWAK EXPLORER
11 Days / 10 Nights
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After a sightseeing in Kuching, set off for a dolphin spotting speedboat tour, meet the Orang Utans at Semenggoh, stay deep in the jungle at Batang Ai and visit the Iban tribe and their longhouses before continuing to Kinabalu National Park and up to Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre and spend a few days in the Kinabatangan region where you will find some of Borneo's highest concentrations of wildlife.
WONDERS OF MALAYSIAN BORNEO
15 Days / 14 Nights
From £3,560 pp / with luxury hotels and lodges
Start your tour in Kuching and visit a typical longhouse, then meet the Orang Utans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Explore caves and wildlife at Mulu National Park, then head to the Kinabalu Park, explore the jungle on canopy trails, take a dip in one of the soothing, steaming hot mineral springs at Poring Hot Springs. Stay at Sabah Tea Garden Resort, then visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre, before continuing to search for wildlife along the Kinabatangan River. Go trekking in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, finally enjoy some village walks before ending your tour in Kota Kinabalu.
TAILOR MADE TOURS
Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richer nations in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix: there is high-tech infrastructure and things generally work well and more or less on schedule, but prices remain more reasonable than, say, Singapore.
There are various beautiful national parks in Malaysia with many different types of expeditions available, ranging from those where you hardly lose sight of the hotel to those where you are fully immersed in the jungle with only the guide and yourself. Malaysia is also well-known for some pristine beaches with great diving opportunities, such as Sipadan off the coast of Sabah and the Perhentian Islands, which are off the coast of northern Terengganu. Coastlines in the less industrialized parts of the country, in general, are well worth driving through for their natural beauty and relaxing seaside kampung (villages), though beware not to swim at any beach which is not protected by capes, lest you be swept away by a powerful undertow.
If you are most interested in taking the pulse of a city, Kuala Lumpur's crazy quilt ultra-modern skyline, including the famous Petronas Twin Towers, is worth visiting. Ipoh may be of more interest if you prefer a somewhat slower paced city that features elegant colonial-era buildings from about 100 years ago, and Malacca is for those who want to trace the colonial and imperial history of Malaysia several hundred years further back. Penang is known for its great food and relatively long-standing and institutionalized Chinese and Indian communities, who share the city with Malay and Thai communities. For a completely different experience, consider going to Kota Bharu to discover a unique conservative Islamic regional culture influenced by Thailand, only a few kilometres away, or visit the diverse cities of East Malaysia, like Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
The climate in Malaysia is tropical. The north-east monsoon (October to February) deluges Borneo and the east coast in rain and often causes flooding, while the west coast (particularly Langkawi and Penang) escape unscathed. The milder south-west monsoon (April to October) reverses the pattern. The southern parts of peninsular Malaysia, including perennially soggy Kuala Lumpur, are exposed to both but even during the rainy season, the showers tend to be intense but brief.
Malaysia is close to the equator, therefore warm weather is guaranteed. Temperatures generally range from 32°C/89.6 ºF at noon to about 26°C/78.8 ºF at midnight. But like most Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia's sun-shining days are interrupted by Monsoon season from November and February every year, and night temperatures can hit a low of about 23°C/73.4 ºF on rainy days.
Temperatures tend to be cooler in the highlands, with the likes of Genting Highlands,Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hill having temperatures ranging from about 17°C/62.6 ºF at night to about 25°C/77 ºF in the day. Mount Kinabalu is known to have temperatures falling below 10°C/50 ºF.
It is advisable to dress respectfully, particularly in rural areas (wearing trousers or a long skirt, not shorts, and covering your shoulders is recommended but not essential). In more metropolitan areas such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, and Ipoh, as well as East Malaysian states (Sabah and Sarawak), attitudes are more liberal.
When entering a home or a place of worship, always take off your shoes. Also, never eat with your left hand, or give a gift with your left hand; and never point with your forefinger (you may use a closed fist with the thumb instead), point with your feet or touch a person's head.
Public showing of affection in larger cities is tolerated but might invite unnecessary attention from the public. In more rural areas it is frowned upon and is to be avoided.
Swastikas are an ancient symbol commonly seen in Hindu and Buddhist temples. They are typically a reverse image of those used by Nazis and do not express similar sentiments or anti-Semitism, so Western visitors should not feel offended when seeing it in the homes of their hosts.
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