Malaysia is an axciting blend of lush rainforest, tropical beaches and ultra-modern cities - a veritable melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, cleaved in two by the South China Sea.
The Malaysian peninsula is home to the ever-expanding metropolis of Kuala Lumur, misty tea plantations and idyllic beaches which were made for relaxation. Just off the northern tip of the peninsula, with Sumatra to the west and Thailand close by, Langkawi is a gentle tropical island paradise surrounded by an emerald sea. A mixture of picturesque paddy fields, sheer craggy limestone mountains, impenetrable jungle and pristine mangrove swaps, it boasts the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, the first Unesco Geopark in Asia.
Malaysian Borneo, dominated by towering Mount Kinabulu, hosts wild jungles of orangutans, jagged granite peaks and remote tribes, who go about their lives much as they always have done, in sync with their pristine surroundings.
when to go
Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate with high temperatures and rainfall throughout the year. Temperatures at sea level are generally in the late 20s, whilst at higher elevations it is much cooler. The wet season on the West generally runs from April to October and brings thunderstorms in the afternoons, usually brief, which then helps clear the humidity. The East coast however tends to have a heavier wet season and is best avoided during the rainy period of November to February.
Flights: Malaysian Airlines and British Airways offer direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, taking approximately 12.5 hours, with other airlines also flying non-direct.
Time Zone: GMT + 8 hours
FCO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malaysia