Malaysia offers an amazing mixture of cultures, exotic wildlife, and landscapes. Divided into Malaysian Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia, you will find a range of ultra-modern cities, tropical islands to highlands, and a few of the oldest rainforests in the world. Spot orangutans in Borneo, visit UNESCO towns oozing architecture, visit the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and soak up the rays of the sun on pristine golden beaches. When it comes to deciding what meals to eat when you should visit and ways to reach there, here is a guide we put together on how to explore Malaysia.
What Is Included In This Guide?
• When to visit Malaysia
• Malaysia highlights
• Malaysia transfers and flights
• Weather in Malaysia
• Visa requirements
• Health and vaccinations
• Events and festivals
• Time difference
• Nightlife, food, and drinks
• Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sabah
• Explore street food, street art, Chinese temples, and colonial homes in Georgetown
• Hike Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Malaysia
• Stay at the luxury beach-side resort, located on Langkwaki Island
• Experience the tea plantations and mountain air in the Cameron Highlands
• Take a boat cruise along the Kinabatangan River where you can spot wildlife including Probosci’s monkeys
• Spend an evening in one of the traditional longhouses located in Sarawak, Borneo
• Explore Taman Negara, among the oldest rainforests in the world
• Visit Kuala Lumpur and explore the famous Petronas Towers
When To Visit Malaysia
The tropical climate of Malaysia is mainly steamy and warm regardless of the time of the year. Expect occasional downpours and humidity whenever you plan to visit, but it is suggested to avoid the intense monsoon periods, which can occur at differing times and usually depends on the region.
• West coast, the rain is typically heaviest between September and October
• East coast, the rainfall is usually worst between November and March
• Borneo is usually wettest in January
In general, the best time to plan a trip to Malaysia is between March and October. There are also a few fantastic festivals if you plan to visit in January and February, and the most important time is during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
If you plan to travel over Ramadan, which typically falls over May and June, some of the Muslim-owned and operated restaurants might be closed (during the day). After sundown, in the evenings, the restaurants are usually very busy when people start breaking their fasts, and transport and traffic are also usually worse. While you can still visit a restaurant during the day during Ramadan, you should avoid eating or drinking when walking down the streets.
Weather In Malaysia
The temperature in Malaysia generally sits at 30 degrees Celsius during the daytime and it is humid and hot throughout the year. The rainy season also brings heavy showers in the afternoon between November and February, particularly along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, and along the western tip of Sarawak. The wettest months are in September and October along the west coast of the Peninsular and in Sarawak and Sabah. The rainfall is heaviest over January. See here for ‘holidays in Borneo, Malaysia’.
Malaysia Transfers And Flights
Direct flights are available from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur every day with Malaysia Airlines and British Airlines, and the flight takes around 13 hours. There are also longer, yet cheaper, connecting flights that travel to Malaysia with airlines such as Oman Air, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airlines, and KLM. These airlines also provide daily flights to Kuala Lumpur from various UK cities via areas likes Dubai, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Doha. You can also choose to stop over at a destination if you wish to extend the trip.