Malaysia offers beautiful beaches, ancient tropical rainforests, mouth-watering local cuisine and an intriguing blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European heritage. Occupying two vastly different territories, from the Malay Peninsula, with its sprawling cities, forested highlands and fringing islands. To Malaysian Borneo, whose lush jungles provide a haven for orangutans and indigenous tribes. This friendly, modern and spectacularly varied country has so much to offer.

The vibrant capital city of Kuala Lumpur is home to glitzy skyscrapers, colonial architecture and bustling markets. Beyond the great city, you can find verdant tropical jungles, vast tea plantations, charming historic cities and the palm-fringed beaches of Langkawi or Penang. For those looking to get stuck into a real outdoor adventure, Malaysian Borneo offers an abundance of spectacular wildlife, incredible scenery, fascinating culture and unspoilt beaches.

Top Recommendations

  • Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers illuminated at night
  • Colonial grandeur, street art and dragon-tiled temples in George Town, Penang
  • Get up close to the ‘old man of the forest at Sepliok Orangutan Rehabilitation centre in Malaysian Borneo
  • Tea plantations sprawling across the Cameron Highlands
  • Enjoy the full tropical experience on the islands of Perhentian or Langkawi
  • Dive with sharks, barracuda, turtles and more on the awesome reefs of Sipadan

When to Visit

The best time to visit beaches on the west coast such as Penang and Langkawi is during the drier months of November to March. Whilst the east coast of Malaysia is pleasant between May and September. Kuala Lumpur is a great year-round destination, but you can expect intermittent showers in March and April, plus October to December which are usually the wettest months.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Kuala Lumpur & Penang / Langkawi.