Malaysia is an intriguing blend of a modern country and a developing nation, with a vibrant cultural mix and a melting-pot of ethnicities that make holidays to Malaysia so enticing.
The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a densely populated city with a fast pace of life and an infectious buzz. Gleaming skyscrapers tower above conventional wooden homes balancing on stilts and global food outlets rub shoulders with street vendors offering hearty, traditional food.
Penang Island is connected to the Malaysian mainland by a remarkable eight-mile bridge and on your Malaysia tour you’ll get to know the island, often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. It is a place of mysterious temples and palm-shrouded beaches. The main town here is Georgetown, a bustling metropolis where you will find excellent restaurants, simple street food, hundreds of shops and traditional markets.
Borneo is an exotic island that is partly Malaysian, and observing the native orangutans in their habitat on Malaysia holidays is a rare privilege. You’ll be amazed by the intelligence and human characteristics that these gentle red apes demonstrate. Malaysian Borneo also boasts the Batang Ai National Park, an area of great natural beauty. The lush, tropical rainforest is teeming with exotic and rare animal species and the reservoir here is a focal point. Since its creation in the early nineties, the park has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
A fantastic way to tour Malaysia is by rail. The main route begins in the north of Thailand and passes into Malaysia at Butterworth. From Kuala Lumpur you can take the railway to the southern tip of the country, rolling through oil palm and tea plantations before finally arriving in Singapore.