Charlie and Clare have a wealth of travel experience and a particular passion for South East Asia. Both have recently returned from a trip to both Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo which has only served to enhance their love for this part of the world. If, on the other hand, spending some time with orang-utans is your prime objective on your holiday to Malaysia then we definitely have the right expertise not least because of our very close relationship with the Orang-utan Foundation.
Why we like Malaysia
Malaysia's diverse cultural history has led to an open-minded approach to tourism and with a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian as well as indigenous tribes you are treated to varied architecture, culture and of course delicious cuisines. From the skyscrapers and modernity of Kuala Lumpur to the dense rainforests of both Borneo and the mainland, Malaysia encapsulates South-East Asia in its entirety.
What to expect on your Malaysia holiday
Synonymous with the mystery of the Far East, Malaysia still conjures visions of rubber trees, sultans, jungles, pirates, head-hunters and exotic beaches but while the pirates and head-hunters have largely retired, the rest remains. The endless glorious beaches tend to be the initial lure of Malaysia where some truly sensational resorts will cater and pamper to your every need. Explore further and you find colonial hill stations, dense primary rainforest, tea plantations and some fascinating wildlife which, of course, includes the endearing orang-utan. In addition there are the UNESCO sites of George Town and Malacca where four centuries of European influence have left churches, forts, houses and grandiose administrative buildings.
Some ideas for a Malaysia holiday
- Don’t forget that part of Borneo belongs to Malaysia.
- Walk trails in the dense rainforest of Taman Negara Park.
- Spend a few days in the colonial atmosphere of the Cameron Highlands with its waterfalls, tea plantations and local tribes.
- Journey down the Kinabatangan River in search of proboscis monkey
- Spend time with Asia's only great ape, the iconic orang-utan.
- There are glorious beach resorts on all the coasts and some excellent diving.
Beyond the ordinary
Steppes Travel / British Airways Special Offer
Book a holiday with Steppes Travel to Malaysia using the new direct service from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur operated by British Airways, and we will offer you a free one way upgrade to Premium Economy. Valid for bookings until the end of April 2015 and travel until November 10 2015. Subject to flight availability.
Is Malaysia safe to travel around?
Malaysia is safe to travel around easily without any problems concerning safety. However, like any tourist destination smaller crimes such as pick-pocketing do occur. Keep a close eye on belongings when out in larger crowds and leave any valuables at home.
What should I see when visiting the country?
For those who enjoy the buzz of city life then the capital city Kuala Lumpur is an exotic and exciting scene where modern skyscrapers and colonial architecture live side by side along with its multi-cultural residents. If you are wanting to escape the hubbub and stress of daily life then the island of Langkawi, with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, is the perfect place to unwind.
Is the street food safe to eat?
The food is one of the highlights of any trip in South East Asia. On the whole the food is generally safe, although we always advise eating at busy stalls which are popular with the locals. This way you know the food is not only safe, but the best. You also get to rub shoulders with the local people this way.
What are the rules on dress code?
With Islam being the most popular religion in Malaysia, the dress code should be respected especially when visiting religious sites. Women must cover up bare shoulders, legs and avoid tight fitting clothing, especially when in less touristy areas.