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Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia at one of the world's major crossroads, Malaysia has always been pivotal to trade routes from Europe, the Orient, India and China.  Its warm tropical climate and abundant natural blessings made it a welcoming destination for immigrants as early as 5000 years ago when the ancestors of the Orang Asli, the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia, settled there.  A land of sun-drenched, deserted beaches; virgin jungles rich in wildlife; rugged mountain ranges; cool hill stations; busy cities; peaceful villages; island retreats; age-old traditions and varied cultures.  Today is still beckons the visitor to sample its countless delights.

Twin TowersKuala Lumpur
Sunway LagoonThe capital city, Kuala Lumpur is a bustling cosmopolitan city with a truly intriguing blend of cultures, styles and architectures.  With an extensive Chinatown, fine colonial buildings and magnificent mosques, its multi-cultural background also influences food, music and entertainment.  Kuala Lumpur is also home to Sunway Lagoon and Mines Theme Park.

Genting HighlandsImmerse yourself in the history and culture of Malacca, where the Dutch and Portuguese have both left their imprint or visit the Genting and Cameron Highlands, cool mountain hide-Highlandsaways distant from all the frantic rush of city life.With their perfect climatic conditions they abound with lush and colourful flora.  But there the similarity ends, the Cameron Highlands
offers a quieter more serene atmosphere while the Genting Highland Resort offers all the excitement, luxury and entertainment of an international resort combined with a theme park, golf course and the country's only casino.

Malaysia has many islands, Penang, in the Straits of Malacca, is one of the oldest trading centres in the region.  With palm-fringed beaches, charming colonial buildings, mysterious places of worship and a pulsating street life, it is an exciting destination of contrasts and variety.  If you simply wish to relax try Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands steeped in legend.  With white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, coral gardens and hidden coves on the coast and dense jungle, tumbling waterfalls and caves inland.  If you would rather stay on the mainland then down the east coast is 700 kms of unspoilt beaches.  It is along here at Rantau Abang that the great leatherback turtles return between May and September each year to lay eggs.

For the adventurous traveller journey to Borneo, with lush tropical rainforests, beautiful flora and fauna and welcoming Jungle walkpeople.  Described as Asia's best kept secret, Sarawak is the place for history, romance and exotic adventures.  The land of the fabled White Rajahs, the hornbill and the orangutan.  Culture, heritage, nature, here you will find it all and then there are the world class golf courses, tranquil beaches, jungle lodges, pristine diving sites and gigantic world famous caves.  Sabah also offers a wealth of remarkable experiences and sights with golden beaches, mountainous jungle, ancient rainforest and unique wildlife.  The spectacular system of caverns and tunnels of Sabah holds untold stories weaved in a web of history and culture.  You can go whitewater rafting down the Padas River (grade3) and whilst trying to negotiate this raging river enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest.  For those who prefer to be under the water, off the north eastern coast of Borneo lies the island of Sipadan, with a marine ecosystem so perfect and unique it is world-renowned as one of the best dive spots in the world or learn to dive in Kota Kinabula Marine Park. And no visit to Sabah would be complete without visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, this sanctuary helps ensure there will orangutans for the next generation of visitors to see. Although sightings are never guaranteed feeding time is a good time to go.

One way to see some of the many sights Malaysia has to offer is to take an escorted tour or to hire a car.  A suggested 6 night / 7 day itinerary could be as follows:

6 night / 7 day
Day 1
Leave Kuala Lumpur for the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia's highest hill station, set amidst beautiful jungle scenery.  The journey will take you through rubber estates, oil palm and cocoa plantations and en-route you can visit a Bamboo Weaving centre, the Lata Iskandar Waterfall and an Orang Asli (Indigenous People) settlement.  You can also visit a tea plantations and a traditional market.

Day 2
Drive down to Ipoh, once a city of tin mines, stop at one of the Chinese Temples built within the limestone caves.  Take lunch in a local restaurant then journey to Perak and visit the unique Ubudiah Mosque and the Iskandariah Palace.  Continue to Penang, known as the 'Pearl of the Orient', passing the first ever rubber tree plantation in Malaysia en-route.

Day 3
Tour Georgetown, the capital of Penang, named after King George 3rd of England, visit Fort Cornwallis built by the British East India Company in 1808 and Lek Lok Si Temple.  Nestled within the hills of Penang and the largest temple in South-East Asia it is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy.  You can also visit the Botanical Gardens.

Day 4
Travel to the East Coast passing through paddy fields and traditional villages, stop for lunch before continuing to Kota Bhuru the capital of Kelantan.

Day 5
Take a trip around Kota Bhuru before travelling south to Kuala Terrengganu, once hailed as 'The Cultural Haven of Malaysia'.  Visit a traditional market and have lunch in a local restaurant.

Day 6
Drive to Cherating, a beautiful beach resort, stopping en-route at Rantau Abang Turtle Breeding Centre where annually the giant leatherback turtles come ashore and lay eggs.  You can also visit a fishing village and weaving centre.

Day 7
From Cherating you can take a tranquil drive through rubber plantations to the Johor Bhuru Causeway and finish your tour in Singapore.

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When to go

The temperature does not vary much over the year with average highs ranging from 30°C - 33°C and lows from 20°C - 23°C. Although it can rain anytime of the year the highest rainfall is expected during April/May and October/November.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 8 Ringgit Malay 7 hours 40 mins