A very special luxury holiday experience lies waiting in Malaysia, where the wonders of the natural world will captivate your senses, the melting pot of cultures intoxicate your soul and the scenic environment indulge your curiosity. Here at the Inspiring Travel Company we can build your Malaysian adventure around your own ‘must see’ highlights, which could, for example, include: orang-utan spotting, tree-top walks through the rainforest, cooking Malay cuisine with a professional chef, walking the Skybridge at the iconic Petronas Twin Towers or sailing on the Andaman Sea.
Malaysia’s idyllic beaches, exotic wildlife, ancient rainforests, delicious cuisine and mythical traditions make it a destination that’s both fascinating and diverse. For fine dining and brilliant shopping visit the eclectic and stylish city of Kuala Lumpur, while a true sense of escapism can be found on the pristine white sands and traditional spas of Langkawi. Whilst in the country, it’s also well worth the utterly memorable experience of heading to the verdant jungles of Malaysian Borneo to see captivating orang-utans in their natural environment; a sight which will permanently mark itself on your memory.
For fine dining and great shopping, visit the eclectic and stylish city of Kuala Lumpur. For a true sense of escapism enjoy relaxing on pristine white sands, traditional spa treatments or discover sleepy fishing villages. For a truly memorable experience, explore verdant jungles to see captivating orangutans in their natural environment.
To truly experience Malaysia you first have to taste it. Food is very much at the heart of the culture here and you’ll be left captivated by the spectrum of flavours, unusual produce and distinctly Malay style. Gourmet delights include ingredients such as peanuts, coconut, chilli, seafood and lemongrass, with dishes based around the staples of rice and noodles.
The dense rainforests in Malaysian Borneo with their incredible wildlife and unspoilt environment are a definite ‘must do’ during any visit. Culturally fascinating, this most natural of countries lays waiting for you to witness in all its glory.
But of course Malaysia isn’t just about the natural wonders; in Kuala Lumpur you can explore a city of intense colours, bustling with life and vibrancy. As with most places in the country, exquisite dining is a major part of the attraction. The east coast is a predominantly rural region of Malaysia, easy-going in nature and offering an interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs.
Most visitors to Malaysia stay close to the peninsula, where the exhilaration of Kuala Lumpur is offset by the soothing CameronHighlands hill station or the tranquillity of Langkawi. Ensure you make the journey to Sarawak or Sabah, on the island of East Malaysia, to sample their spectacular wildlife, long houses and the awe-inspiring MountKinabalu.
Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
Flight duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (direct)
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (also called the Malaysian Dollar)
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines flies direct from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur and onwards throughout Malaysia. Singapore Airlines flies from London Heathrow and Manchester with onward connections throughout Malaysia via Singapore.
Malaysia Airlines Business Class upgrades start from £750 per person each way, with First Class upgrades starting from £1,700 per person each way.
Culture, idyllic beaches, the world's oldest rainforests, shopping, mountain scenery, delicious cuisine, wildlife, watersports and leisure activities.
Days are very warm and often humid, while nights are fairly cool. The dry season in both Malaysia and Borneo is generally considered the finest time to visit; affording the best experiences and lush, green scenery. The rainy season in the east runs between November and February, while August is the wettest period on the west coast. Your chances of seeing orang-utans are much greater from April to November.
Those travelling with younger guests should look at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi; with its complimentary Kids For All Seasons programme and mangrove and monkeys Safari.
Accommodation options at the Pangkor Laut Resort are also great for families, in particular the Family Plan Villas - two ground floor villas adjoining from the inside. Gastronomy-loving couples will be in seventh heaven at the Gaya Island Resort with its FeastVillage offering a diverse range of flavours, or the adult-only Fisherman’s Cove, with its menu celebrating seafood and stunning views of the sea.
Twin with: Most flights to Malaysia will stop in Singapore or go direct to the capital Kuala Lumpur, making for a superb and seamless stop-over either at the beginning or end of your travels in these hip cities. These pages are just a taste of what we can offer you on your bespoke Malaysian luxury holiday