• Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Malaysia Holidays

From Kuala Lumpur’s skyscrapers to the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands; Malaysia is a mythical country boasting unspoilt nature, endless beaches and rich culture. Explore a land of extreme contrasts, beautiful architecture and fascinating history for an unforgettable trip.

If you’re a nature lover, you’re sure to love learning about the conservation of orang-utans at Sepilok in Borneo; or perhaps you’re after an adrenaline rush, in which case we recommend taking a ride on Langkawi’s cable car for panoramic views. Round off your trip by learning more about the cultural heritage of Malacca or George Town in Penang, known for their stunning buildings and Chinese temples.

With so much of Malaysia to explore, why stick to just one location? Start your trip in Kuala Lumpur before island hopping to Penang and Langkawi for the perfect mix of city buzz, colonial charm and beautiful beaches.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Glittering skylines
  • Tea plantations
  • Unspoilt nature
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Lush rainforests
  • Flame-haired orangutans

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

a small house in a garden

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

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Gaya Island Resort
Sea Suite

Pangkor Laut Resort

Malaysia

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Pangkor Laut Resort
Swimming pool

Tanjong Jara Resort

Kuala Terengganu

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Tanjong Jara Resort
an island in the middle of a body of water

The Datai Langkawi

Langkawi

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The Datai Langkawi

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Indirect flights from Ireland to Kuala Lumpur

Currency

MYR - Malaysian Ringgit

Visa Information

Irish Passport holders are not required a visa to enter Malaysia for tourist stays up to 30 days only.

Language

Malay but English is widely spoken.

Health Information

Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.

Things to do in Malaysia

You’d be wrong to compare Malaysia to anywhere else in the world. With Chinese, Indian, Arabic, British and Persian influences, it really is unique. Kuala Lumpur is a mesmerising capital city where you can experience incredible views from the Menara and The Petronas Towers. The country has 28 national parks where you’ll encounter some weird and wonderful animal and plant life.

  • Orang-utan

    Sepilok Orang-utan Centre

    Around 20 per cent of the world’s animal species live in Malaysia. One you can’t miss is the much-loved orang-utan, native to Borneo. Visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Centre – it’s been rescusing baby orang-utans for over 50 years.

  • Langkawi Sky Bridge

    Langkawi Cable Car

    We highly recommend you take the SkyCab cable car up to Machinchang Mountain if you want to get a bird’s eye view over the bucolic hills of Langkawi. If you’ve never seen a flying fox or macaque monkey, consider hiking the spectacular Gunung Raya.

  • Petronas Twin Towers

    Petronas Towers

    The Petronas Towers are one of the tallest buildings on earth, don't forget to have your camera at the ready.

Malaysia

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
29ºC
15mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
165mm
Langkawi
32ºC
40mm
Pangkor
31ºC
147mm
Penang
32ºC
82mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
29ºC
14mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
157mm
Langkawi
33ºC
38mm
Pangkor
31ºC
151mm
Penang
33ºC
87mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
13mm
Kuala Lumpur
33ºC
236mm
Langkawi
34ºC
91mm
Pangkor
32ºC
146mm
Penang
33ºC
136mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
15mm
Kuala Lumpur
33ºC
276mm
Langkawi
33ºC
187mm
Pangkor
32ºC
192mm
Penang
33ºC
189mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
13mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
222mm
Langkawi
32ºC
291mm
Pangkor
32ºC
145mm
Penang
32ºC
245mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
13mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
136mm
Langkawi
31ºC
279mm
Pangkor
32ºC
100mm
Penang
32ºC
189mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
12mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
129mm
Langkawi
31ºC
280mm
Pangkor
32ºC
117mm
Penang
32ºC
205mm

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
11mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
162mm
Langkawi
31ºC
305mm
Pangkor
31ºC
131mm
Penang
32ºC
238mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
31ºC
11mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
202mm
Langkawi
31ºC
380mm
Pangkor
31ºC
182mm
Penang
31ºC
335mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
9mm
Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
280mm
Langkawi
31ºC
370mm
Pangkor
31ºC
265mm
Penang
32ºC
398mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
30ºC
9mm
Kuala Lumpur
31ºC
290mm
Langkawi
31ºC
222mm
Pangkor
31ºC
270mm
Penang
31ºC
260mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Borneo
29ºC
12mm
Kuala Lumpur
31ºC
243mm
Langkawi
31ºC
70mm
Pangkor
31ºC
205mm
Penang
32ºC
136mm
  • a woman smiling for the camera

    Val

    Destination Specialist

    “If you’re staying at the Meritus Pelangi in Langkawi, make sure to walk along the beach. There’s an array of restaurants and bars, and Cenang Mal is only a 10-minute walk, which has lots of duty free shops and restaurants. “

  • a person wearing glasses

    Sue

    Customer Experience Executive

    “Always try local hawker stalls, you can eat like a king for next to nothing. Eat like a local with a breakfast of Roti canai.”

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    “Try the fruit – lots of roadside stalls everywhere you go sell fruit that I had never seen before. For example, Rambutan (a prickly fruit that is amazing), snake fruit (a bit like a lychee) and mangosteen (a sweet and tangy fruit with purple skin). However, beware of the large psarickly fruit called durian – it’s an acquired taste, and most hotels ban it as it's very smelly.”

Our Malaysia destinations

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Malaysia

Borneo

Borneo
Thean Hou Temple Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur
a large body of water

Malaysia

Langkawi

Langkawi
Georgetown Street Art

Malaysia

Penang

Penang
Sea Suite

Malaysia

Pangkor

Pangkor
Cameron Highlands

Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands
Tenggol Island

Malaysia

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu
Redang Island

Malaysia

Redang

Redang

Types of Malaysia holidays

Mount Kinabalu

Malaysia Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Malaysia take around 13 hours. There are currently two or three daily flights with British Airways and Malaysia Airlines that fly direct from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Alternatively, there are indirect flights with Etihad, Qatar, Emirates, and other international carriers from UK airports. 

Drinking alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim religion, which around 60% of the population follow. However, foreign non-Muslim visitors are free to buy and drink alcohol while visiting the country if it’s enjoyed in a sociable and respectful manner. 

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