FEATURED MALAYSIA TOURS
Choose one of our popular Malaysia tour packages.
10 days / 9 nights
- Visit Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, the Cameron Highlands, and historic Penang.
- This is a tour filled with historic cities, cultural sites, and delicious Asian cuisine.
13 days / 12 nights
- Travel through mainland Malaysia and Borneo on an epic adventure
- This tour mixes city and nature to highlight the incredible diversity of Malaysia
14 days / 13 nights
- Discover Borneo as you visit some of the best locations here, including Mulu National Park, Danum Valley, and the Kinabatangan River
- Experience the unique culture of Borneo with cooking classes and village homestays
BEST MALAYSIA TOURS
Multi-destination and multi-day Malaysia tours.
West Malaysia Tours, Borneo Tours, Kuala Lumpur Tours, and more.
10 days / 9 nights
- Geared for solo female travelers, but perfect for all solo travelers who want to experience Malaysia
- Great mix of beach, city, nature, cuisine, and culture
11 days / 10 nights
- A unique way to experience Malaysia by driving yourself.
- Make your way from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi with awesome experiences along the way.
- You drive, we take care of everything else.
3 days / 2 nights
- Transiting in KL? See the city with this action packed 3 day tour package
- Includes cycling tour, cultural show, firefly cruise, and guided city tour
19 days / 18 nights
- Experience Bidayuh and Melanau cultures in Sarawak
- Climb the Mulu Pinnacles
- Experience the wonders of Borneo’s nature and wildlife in Sabah
6 days / 5 nights
- Visit orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
- 3 day Kinabatangan River safari
- Wildlife spotting in Danum Valley
17 days / 16 nights
- Epic 17 day wildlife tour through Malaysian Borneo
- Search for orangutans in the wild on the Red Ape Trail
- Scuba dive the world famous Sipidan Reef
- This tour is a must if you are a wildlife enthusiast
7 days / 6 nights
- 4 Days at the wildlife rich Tabin Wildlife Reserve
- Kinabatangan River Safari
- Night time wildlife spotting at the Rainforest Discovery Center
10 days / 9 nights
- Spend your honeymoon on a Borneo adventure
- Experience jungle trekking, mangrove canoeing, hot springs, Mount Kinabalu, and more!
- Upgrade to full luxury on this tour and still have all the adventures
14 days / 13 nights
- See the beauty of Sarawak and experience the diverse culture in this 2 week package
- Highlights include Mulu National Park, Tanjung Datu National Park, and a stay at a beach resort.
7 days / 6 nights
- Discover Kuching with this intimate tour
- Stay at Damai Beach
- Take a cycling tour of the city
LEARN MORE ABOUT MALAYSIA
Malaysia is a land of great diversity, beautiful nature, delectable cuisine, and unique cityscapes. There is a little bit of something for everyone here, which makes it an amazing place to visit. As such, we’ve put this info together to help you plan a holiday in Malaysia. Take a look and see what you suits you. Then when you are ready, contact us using our custom trip planning form and we’ll help make your trip a reality.
For further inspiration, you can check out our article about things to do in Malaysia. Additionally, we’ve included links to related tours, more information, and other useful stuff to help you plan.
Where to go in Malaysia
Malaysia is split into two distinct parts. There is “mainland Malaysia” as we call it and there is Malaysian Borneo. When you think of Malaysia, you might think of the mainland part that’s located on the peninsula of South East Asia. However, Malaysian Borneo, or East Malaysia actually comprises more than 60% of Malaysia’s land area (source). That being said, if you’re planning a Malaysia trip, don’t leave Borneo out of the consideration.
We’re going to give a little more focus to mainland Malaysia on this page, but if you want to dig deeper into learning about a trip to Borneo, hop on over to the bottom of our Borneo Tours page. There you will find tons of info on experiences in Borneo.
If you’re curious what a trip through East and West Malaysia might look like, check out our Discover Malaysia Tour Package that runs just under 2 weeks long.
Okay, lets start with some of the wonderful places you can visit in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur or KL, as its called locally, is Malaysia’s largest city, as well as the capital. KL is a great starting point for a Malaysia trip. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the busiest airport in Malaysia, with tons of international flights. Additionally, there is a robust public transportation system that makes it relatively easy to get around the city. Furthermore, you can fly, bus, or train to just about anywhere in Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur.
The city itself holds a unique mixture of modern city and traditional Malaysian style. In a few short hours, you can visit modern wonders like the Petronas Twin Towers and traditional villages like Kampung Baru, which sits right in the middle of the city.
Learning about the unique history of Kuala Lumpur should be high on your list when visiting Malaysia. Downtown is dotted with historic buildings and temples. Some of the more popular locations include the Sultan Adbul Samad Buidling, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, and the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, to name a few. Just a short drive or train ride outside of the city brings you to the Batu Caves and they are definitely worth seeing.
While you’re here, make sure to check out the Jalan Alor Night Market for some delicious food. Finally, shopping is big in Asia and there are a multitude of shopping malls in KL. If you are going to visit the Petronas Towers, you can wander around the massive KLCC shopping mall located at the base of the towers.
The opportunities for things to do in Kuala Lumpur are endless. If you are just passing through, check out our 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur tour for a quick and easy way to experience the city.
Next on the list of great places to visit in Malaysia is Melaka. Melaka is a must visit location if you enjoy learning the history of a place. Additionally, many Malaysians take weekend vacations here just for the food.
The incredible history of Melaka stems from it’s location as a strategic shipping port for hundreds of years. That in itself would give it a unique history. Now mix in the fact that Melaka traded hands many times over the course of it’s history and you get a mix of history and culture that remains prominent today in it’s historical buildings and it’s inhabitants.
It is possible to make Melaka a day trip from Kuala Lumpur, or for a more in depth experience, you can spend a night or two at a boutique hotel in the old part of town.
Penang and George Town
Food, food, food. If you love eating, the UNESCO world heritage city of Georgetown is the place. In addition, Georgetown is dotted with historic buildings and all sorts of cool shops to experience. You can take a food tour here or set out on your own. Whichever way you do it, be sure to try all the amazing dishes.
Make your way up to the Cameron Highlands for some cooler weather and some great hikes. These days the area is a heavy agricultural location, but there are lots of trails to explore the cloud forest on the surrounding hills. Take a trip to the Boh Tea Plantation and visit the tea factory.
Taman Negara is arguably the best preserved rainforest in mainland Malaysia. Here you can experience river cruises, jungle hikes, and visit traditional Orang Asli villages. If you are going to skip Borneo, then you should definitely come here. Alternatively, if you love nature, visit Taman Negara and Malaysian Borneo and get a full on jungle experience.
Located near the border of Thailand, the island of Langkawi is a great spot for some beach time. Additionally, the whole island is a duty free zone, which means cheap chocolate, cheap perfume, and of course cheap drinks. Additionally, Langkawi is a great jumping off point if you’re headed to Thailand, or a great starting point if you
The Perhentian Islands are another great island spot in Malaysia. They are rumored to be one of the cheapest places in the world to learn to scuba dive. Whether you are a beginner, an experienced diver, or you just want some casual snorkeling, the Perhentian Islands are a great choice.
There is simply too much to mention about Borneo. That is why we have dedicated an entire page just to Borneo. Click here for our Borneo page. If you want to get even deeper, read our blog. There are tons of great articles about Borneo.
Malaysia is incredibly multicultural and has been so for a long time. As a result, the food choices are wide and varied and always delicious. There are so many great places to try the cuisine, you could plan an epic tour just for food through Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Georgetown, Sabah, and Sarawak.
Some of the more popular dishes include traditional Malay items like Nasi Lemak and Rendang. In addition, there is a wonderful Indian food scene and a wide array of Chinese cuisine styles. When you head over to Borneo there is a great selection of curious traditional foods.
Finally, there are some fruits you absolutely must try that are difficult to find outside of Asia like Durian, jackfruit and mangosteen, as well as curious fruits like cempedak.
No Malaysia tour is complete without learning some of the interesting history. Malaysia, as it exists now, is relatively young. The country gained independence from British colonial rule in 1957, however, at that time, Malaysian Borneo was not part of Malaysia. It wasn’t until 1963 that the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaysia. At that time, Singapore was also part of Malaysia, but seceded in 1965.
The history of Malaysia goes back much further than this. Some of the buildings you can see in Melaka date back to the 1500’s, such as the A Famosa Fort, St. Pauls Church, and the Christ Church, just to name a few. In Kuala Lumpur, there are a host of buildings that date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s including the Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in Chinatown. Additionally, the old train station built in the early 1900’s is a cool place to visit.
Let’s not forget about Georgetown in Penang. The old city center area of George Town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique architecture and historical significance.
In Malaysian Borneo, the city of Kuching contains many buildings and a historic fort. Unfortunately, many of the cities in Malaysian Borneo were bombed during World War 2 or much of the old architecture has either weathered away or been destroyed to make way for newer buildings. That being said, there are still many traditional long houses and other dwellings that dot the countryside.
As we mentioned above, Malaysia is quite culturally diverse. This diversity makes Malaysia a unique place. Here in mainland Malaysia, the population is primarily Malay, Malaysian Chinese, and Malaysian Indian. Additionally, there are many other indigenous ethnic groups who are collectively referred to as “Orang Asli”. In Borneo the number of indigenous groups is huge.
When you visit Malaysia, this unique diversity gives you the opportunity to experience many different cultures and customs. Take George Town for example, where in a few blocks you go from a part of town that full of Chinese restaurants and temples, cross past a historic mosque and enter into a distinctly Indian part of town.
In Taman Negara, you can visit traditional Orang Asli villages and meet people who are still practicing a traditional way of life. Much of Borneo has similar opportunities where you can stay in a traditional long house, see traditional dances and clothing, and during certain parts of the year, experience traditional festivals that have existed as long as the oral history reaches back.
We really can’t stress enough that Malaysia’s cultural diversity makes it the wonderful place it is and you can experience it in the food, the architecture, the history, and of course, by meeting the people.
Nature and Wildlife in Malaysia
Come for the food, stay for the supreme natural beauty. Or vice-versa. Either way, Malaysia is home to some of the world’s most amazing natural treasures. Take Mulu National Park in Borneo, for example. This place is home to towering limestone pinnacles, caves large enough to fly a jumbo jet through, and a mass exodus of bats so large, that it can’t be seen anywhere else on earth.
Mulu is just one example of many, many natural wonders. You can explore mangrove forests in Langkawi. There is unparalleled scuba diving at one of the most diverse reefs in the world, Sipidan. Furthermore, you can explore the cloud forests of the Cameron Highlands or climb the tallest mountain in Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu.
Equatorial rainforests like the ones in Malaysia are home to half of the living animal and plant species on earth. This incredible diversity makes the nature and wildlife in Malaysia really something special.
Here are a few tours in Malaysia and Borneo with great nature experiences:
- The Malaysia Self Drive Trip gives you a great opportunity to see the 130 million year old rainforests of Taman Negara, the cloud forests of Fraser’s Hill, and the limestone karst and mangroves of scenic Langkawi.
- The Best of Borneo tour takes you to Mulu National Park and Kinabalu National Park, which are both UNESCO World heritage sites because of the diversity of their forests and their natural beauty.
- Dive on Sipidan Reef, search for orangutans in the wilds of Sarawak, and see the stunning rainforests of Danum Valley with the Borneo Land and Sea Wildlife Adventure Tour.
Coming to Malaysia for a Holiday
So now you have decided to come to Borneo and now you want to start planning. There are plenty of our Borneo tours to choose from above or you can let us help you plan, so we will skip that part. Here is some basic info to get you started and if you want more, read our FAQ’s.
Getting to Malaysia
If you are planning to visit Malaysia from overseas, it would be easiest to fly directly into Kuala Lumpur. It is the busiest airport in Malaysia and serves international flights pretty much worldwide. Alternatively, you can fly into Singapore or Bangkok and come to Malaysia overland or with a cheap regional flight.
How to get around in Malaysia
Firstly, we will focus on how Top Peak Travel gets you around when you book a tour with us.
Depending on where you are going or what tour you have booked with us, we have a variety of transport options. Most tours will utilize minivans for activities and shorter trips between towns. Depending on your itinerary, budget, and/or time constraints, we may also utilize air transport, ferries, and trains.
The public transportation system in mainland Malaysia is robust and economical. In Borneo, it is a bit more difficult to get around as Malaysian Borneo is less developed than the mainland. If you want to learn more about the transport in Borneo, check out our Borneo Tours page.
Accommodation in Malaysia
When choosing where to stay in Malaysia, you have a wide array of options. If luxury and amenities are your thing, there are plenty of high end hotels to choose from. Alternatively, there are the budget backpacker hostels galore as well as affordable boutique hotels. Finally, there is everything in between. What you choose is up to you.
Why Choose Top Peak Travel?
We know Malaysia. We’ve been doing this a long time and during that time, we have learned that no two travelers are the same. This means we do our utmost to cater each trip specifically for our our guests interests. On top of that, we believe that the type of personalized service you receive from a small, local company is hard to beat.
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