Kuala Lumpur, is the proud capital city, with high rise buildings, but just as many colourful older traditional areas. Lively street markets competing with luxurious shopping malls for the attention of your wallet. The prices are some of the most competitive in the region. Fantastic selection of restaurants fully reflecting the diversity of influences found in Malaysia, but with just as many culinary options from around the globe.
Malaysia is one of the most fascinating countries in the region with a rich diversity of cultures, scenery and resort variety. Peninsula Malaysia stretches down from the border with Thailand in the north through to Singapore in the south. On the separate island of Borneo you have the states of Sarawak and Sabah. Flying time from UK is approx. 12 hours to Kuala Lumpur (known as KL). Onward travel to Penang or Langkawi is one hour, two hours to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Kuching, Sarawak.
Be it chillout retreats, island escapism or developed resorts, Peninsular Malaysia has so much choice. We cover Penang, Langkawi and Tioman Island.
Sabah and Sarawak offer authentic eco-adventures, monkeys and fireflies, numerous indigenous jungle tribes and superb beaches.
Essentially you have two parts to Malaysia. On the peninsula, running from the southern border of Thailand down to Singapore, you have the lively capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara National Forest and just off the west coast the famous resort islands of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor Laut. On the much more sedate and tranquil east coast of the peninsula you have the resort town of Kuantan with the island of Tioman just off shore and further up the coast the even more rural and escapist appeal of Tanjung Jara, close to Kuala Terengganu in the north east corner.
One of two Malaysian states located on the separate island of Borneo, just under 2 hours flight east from Kuala Lumpur. Situated on the north west corner of the island, our Sarawak Experience Tour is wonderfully eco-influenced, and the real luxury comes in the unique adventure opportunities, rather than the quality of the accommodation. Although the hotels we mention below are pleasant and well located.
The state capital Kuching is small and charming, easy to explore and is a good base for visiting the Semenggoh Orang Utan sanctuary, and a traditional Long House village.
Like its sister hotel Gayana, Bunga Raya – it means hibiscus in the Malay language – Bunga Raya Island Resort is located on Gaya Island, but on the opposite coastline. A 25 minute speedboat ride from the pier at Kota Kinabalu. Romantic and secluded.
Casa Del Mar Langkawi is one of the most popular boutique hotels in the entire region. Particularly with repeat guests who enjoy the simple quality, the attention to detail and highly personalised service. Plus of course the location, on Pantai Cenang beach, which is regarded as one of the best…
Known throughout the region simply as the E&O, The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is one of the grand vintage style hotels of the region. Built in 1885, much of the colonial influence still remains, both in the structure and the ambience of bi-gone days. It is located in the busy island capital of Georgetown, and is a perfect base for exploring the city.
The Gayana Eco Lodge is located on Gaya island, just 10 minutes by speedboat from the pier at Kota Kinabalu following 15 minutes transfer from the airport. All of the accommodation is grouped around the secluded bay with a dense forest backdrop. Gaya Island has no roads, just jungle trekking paths and an authentic fishing village on stilts.
The Japa Mala Eco Resort is located on the beautiful island of Tioman, just off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, 60 minutes flight from KL, and continuing by speedboat for 10 minutes (see footnote). It has an interesting blend of influences, with Malaysian – Italian owners displaying their love for all things natural.
The Lone Pine Hotel Penang is a contemporary styled boutique focused hotel, located on the popular Batu Feringgi beach. In fact it was one of the very first resort properties to be built in Penang, but it has now been totally transformed into a quality hotel with the focus on personalised attention. The airport is 55 minutes drive away, Georgetown 35 minutes.