Malaysia is a very interesting combination of various exotic wildlife, cultures, and wildlife. Divided into Malaysian Borneo and Malaysia, you can find everything ranging from tropical islands to highlands, ultra-modern cities, along with some of the oldest rainforests in the entire world. You can visit UNESCO towns that are full of historic colonial architecture, see orangutans in Borneo, lie on the golden beaches and soak up the sun, and visit Kuala Lumpur to see the Petronas Towers. Here is our guide on exploring Malaysia, from how to get there to the highlights and best times to visit this beautiful country.
Highlights of Malaysia
– Go sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur and see the world-renowned Petronas Towers
– Visit Taman Negara
, which is one of the oldest rainforests in the world
– Go o Sarawak, Borneo, and stay overnight inside of a traditional Iban longhouse
– Take a cruise on the Kinabatangan River to see proboscis monkeys and other types of wildlife
– Visit the Cameron Highlands to see the tea plantations and experience the refreshingly cool mountain air
– Go to Langkawi Island and stay at one of the luxury beach-side resorts
– Hike Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Malaysia
– Go to Georgetown and explore colonial houses, street food, Chinese temples, and street art
– Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary located in Sabah to see the orangutans
Best times to visit Malaysia
The country features a tropical climate and throughout the year it is steamy and war. You can expect occasional downpours and humidity no matter which month you visit Malaysia. However, you will want to avoid visiting during the worst monsoon times, which occur at various times, depending on the region:
– Borneo: January is the wettest month
– West coast: the heaviest rain is in September and October
– East coast: from November through March is when the worst rains fall
Generally speaking, the best time to go to Malaysia in terms of the weather is from March through October. There are also some great festivals that you can enjoy if you go in January or February, with the most important being the celebrations for Chinese New Year.
If you go to Malaysia during Ramadan
, which normally occurs during May and June, keep in mind that some Muslim-operated restaurants might be closed during the day. At night, particularly right after sundown, can be very in the restaurants with people breaking their fasts. Transport and traffic might be even busier. Although it is fine to go to restaurants during Ramadan in the daytime, it is not polite to drink and eat in the streets.
During the day temperatures in Malaysia remain at a constant 30 degrees and it is humid and hot all year long. The rainy season from November through February features heavy afternoon showers, especially on peninsular Malaysia’s east coast and Sarawak’s western tip. The wettest months are September and October on the Peninsular west coast, and the heaviest rains occur in January in Sarawak and Sabah. If you were to visit Sabah in the drier months then you may want to try out diving, for more information search Sabah diving
Malaysia transfers and flights
There are direct flights going to Kuala Lumpur to London on a daily basis with Malaysia Airlines and British Airlines and take about 13 hours. There are also less expensive, but longer Malaysia connecting flights with companies like Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airlines, KLM, Etihad, Oman Air, and Emirates. Those operators all offer services on a daily basis to Kaula Lumpur from a number of different UK cities from places such as Hong Kong, Doha, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and Dubai. Why not extend your trip and stopover at one of those destinations?