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Malaysia Holidays

Unspoilt beaches, dense virgin rainforests, vibrant modern cities and a colonial past all combine to make Malaysia a delightful destination. Explore modern Kuala Lumpur, discover the historic trading port of Malacca and the oldest British settlement in Malaysia, Penang. Relax in the tea hills of the Cameron Highlands or, for escapists, the island of Langkawi offers some the finest beaches in Asia. The tropical island of Borneo, comprising of Sabah and Sarawak, is a region rich in flora and fauna and only a short flight from the mainland. Sabah is the home of the endangered Orang-utan, jungle lodges and Kota Kinabalu, one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world, whilst in Sarawak it is possible to travel through thick rainforest by traditional longboat for visits to remote tribal villages. Pettitts Travel have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to Malaysia for over 30 years.

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Places to visit in Malaysia

Comprising of two very distinct regions, Malaysia is split into the Malaysian peninsula which borders Thailand and Singapore, and the northern half of the island of Borneo. With its diverse offering of modern cities and historic temples, hybrid of cultures and towering mountains, rare wildlife, ancient tropical rainforest and a beautiful coastline, Malaysia is quintessential Asia. Spot historic architecture amongst the sea of modern buildings in Kuala Lumpur, soak up the rich culture and enjoy delicious food in Penang or escape to the sun-kissed beaches of Langkawi. Sabah, located in the north of Borneo, is a paradise of primeval jungle, excellent snorkelling and endangered orang-utan whilst Sarawak is the location of Batang Ai National Park which is home to indigenous tribal groups, wild orang-utan, gibbon, clouded leopard and numerous bird species.

When to Visit Malaysia

With its tropical climate Malaysia generally has high temperatures and a degree of rainfall throughout the year. At sea level the temperatures can range from 21°C to 32°C whilst on higher ground it is much cooler with temperatures between 15°C to 25°C. On the west coast the wet season, which runs from April to October, usually brings thunderstorms in the afternoons, but these are brief and often a welcome way to reduce the humidity. Malaysian Borneo sees its wettest weather between November and February. The east coast tends to have a heavier wet season but beach stays can be enjoyed the year round because each coast has its wettest months at alternate times of the year.

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Essential Information

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Main Language: Malay

Time Zone: GMT + 8

Currency: Ringgit (MYR)

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Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos Holiday Review

It is the fifth major trip that you have organised on our behalf, all of which have been a great success. However on this occasion you have excelled yourself. It was an excellent mix of destinations and experiences. Each was unique in itself and we find it difficult to identify which was the highlight of the trip. They all were!

AW - Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos - February 2016

Accommodation in Malaysia

As one of Asia’s most developed countries, Malaysia has a huge range of accommodation from smaller boutique hotels to historic properties and luxurious five star resorts. The vast majority of the accommodation on the peninsula is of a very high standard and there are some excellent heritage hotels. On Borneo accommodation tends to be more rustic in nature with a focus on eco-lodges, rainforest retreats and traditional style accommodation. With the exception of Kuala Lumpur where there are plenty of hotel options, accommodation in smaller towns and remote locations often needs to be booked well in advance, especially if planning to travel during peak times or key holidays such as Chinese New Year.

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