Malaysia is a beautiful country in Asia, best known for its tropical landscapes and blend of historic charm and contemporary appeal. The country is a melting pot of culture; it has been influenced by countries all across the globe which has resulted in incredible art, architecture, and cuisine – particularly street food which offers lots of exotic flavours. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Malaysia from the UK, taking you to this gorgeous country in style.
There are over 800 islands and archipelagos in Malaysia along the Malay Peninsula, some of which you can base your stay on and enjoy a relaxing tropical retreat. Langkawi is a popular choice, surrounded by the stunning Andaman Sea with luxurious resorts, beaches, and local villages. Penang is another popular choice for a Malaysian beach getaway, located on the Peninsular Malaysia with scenic landscapes, world heritage sites, bustling markets, and admirable street art.
Kuala Lumpur, the colourful capital of Malaysia makes for an unforgettable city break with plenty of mega malls, top-class restaurants and street vendors serving signature Malay cuisine and sightseeing landmarks including religious monuments, colonial buildings, and towering skyscrapers. The world’s tallest twin towers are located in Kuala Lumpur, standing at a whopping 452m and joined together by a panoramic bridge. Another must-see landmark is the Buddhist Thean Hou Temple, a hilltop monument dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess.
1 Jalan Bukit Jambul Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang Malaysia
28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Karung Berkunci 200, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s colourful capital city, perfect for a city break with a stunning skyline, mega shopping malls, exotic cuisine, sacred sites, impressive colonial monuments, and a melting pot of cultures. What’s there not to love about this city? We have a great choice of cheap Kuala Lumpur holidays, including luxury holiday packages featuring hotels in the heart of the city.
Kuala Lumpur boasts a number of splendid sightseeing landmarks including the Petronas Twin Towers - the world’s tallest twin towers, standing at 452m and joined by a panoramic sky bridge. Another impressive site in the city is the Thean Hou Temple – a sacred hilltop Buddhist temple devoted to the Chinese sea goddess; this is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia.
Foodies rejoice! Kuala Lumpur is a culinary haven with mouth-watering street snacks served all across the city. Must try local dishes include meat satay, spicy barbeque fish, the Malaysian ramly burger, and apam balik – a fluffy Asian-style pancake. Kuala Lumpur is also great for shopping, with abundant retail therapy hotspots. The city’s bustling markets is where all the action is at, with stalls, kiosks, and boutiques selling local items including clothing, handicrafts, and accessories.
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, perfect for a paradise escape with plenty of pristine beaches, luxury beachfront resorts, tranquil spas, and traditional Malay villages and markets. Langkawi is recognised as a UNESCO World Geopark with a myriad of natural wonders, including jungles and nature reserves which protect native wildlife, glistening waterfalls, paddy fields, dramatic rock formations, and mountains. Brightsun Travel offers great value luxury holidays to Langkawi, including a package to the premium Berjaya Langkawi Resort.
To truly appreciate the natural splendour of Langkawi, head to the Kilim Geoforest Park; this incredible nature park protects native wildlife including giant sea eagles, bats, and monkeys, and is also home to caves, mangrove forests, lagoons, and impressive geological formations. Another must-see site in Langkawi is the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls – seven stunning natural pools that you can take a cool dip in and climb to the top of. The natural landscapes of Langkawi make for incredible outdoor adventures including kayaking, snorkelling, and diving.
There’s a charming cultural side to Langkawi that you can experience by exploring local towns and villages and browsing museums. Art in Paradise Langkawi is a 3D art museum worth visiting with lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Finally, a trip to Langkawi is incomplete without experiencing the famous Langkawi SkyCab. This cable car transports you to the summit of the breath-taking Mat Cincang Mountain above rainforests, and from here if you’re feeling brave you can walk along the panoramic Langkawi SkyBridge.
Situated northwest of the Peninsular Malaysia, Penang, also known as the Pearl of the Orient offers an array of holiday highlights, including gorgeous sandy beaches, colourful night markets, world heritage sites, impressive street art, and a diverse nightlife, to name a few. Penang also happens to be considered as the food capital of Malaysia with some of the country’s most most-watering street snacks. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Penang, allowing you to experience all of this and so much more.
Penang is a haven for nature lovers and adventurous holidaymakers. Landscapes here are picture-perfect, consisting of tropical forests, jungles, parks, gardens, spice plantations, and verdant hillsides. Penang Hill is the highest point in Penang, offering incredible vistas of the island and a number of scenic hiking trails. The Penang National Park is also one to note, filled with dense rainforest, a turtle sanctuary, and remote coastal paths.
There is a charming cultural side to Penang which is best experienced at the state’s capital George Town, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to a plethora of ancient landmarks and monuments, from traditional mansions and houses to churches and temples, many of which have been restored into museums and hotels. The Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple is one to note, filled with colourful Buddha images, carvings, sculptures, murals, pagodas, and archways.
Currency: You’ll be spending Malaysian Ringgits.
Language: The Malay language is the official language.
Local Time: Eight hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 13 hours.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Malaysia tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Malaysia, British citizens need a valid passport. A visa is not required. Travellers must undergo screening for Covid-19 if unvaccinated. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Malaysia.
A: A visa is not required for trips up to three months.
A: Malaysia is relatively affordable.
A: A: It's generally safe, but visitors should be wary of potential street crime and pickpockets in tourist areas.
A: Vaccination is not compulsory but non-vaccinated visitors will be screened for Covid-19.
Those visiting Kuala Lumpur can explore the city's cultural heritage through iconic landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, National Mosque, and King's Palace. For those seeking adventure, there are plenty of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and white water rafting. Shopping enthusiasts can look forward to visiting popular shopping malls like Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL as well as traditional markets like Chow Kit. Not to be missed is the local cuisine which includes favorites such as roti canai, satay, and nasi lemak.
Langkawi offers a wide variety of activities and attractions for tourists. Explore the culture and history of the island by visiting iconic landmarks such as Mahsuri's tomb and Eagle Square. Nature lovers can take advantage of Langkawi's stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and cascading waterfalls. Water sports are also popular here, ranging from jet skiing to snorkelling. Other attractions include night markets, duty-free shopping, cable car rides to Gunung Mat Cincang peak, mangrove swamp tours, and zip-lining through the jungle.
Penang offers a vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and a myriad of attractions. From historical sites such as the Penang War Museum, to cultural experiences like the Kek Lok Si Temple, visitors can find plenty of things to do. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the many national parks, while foodies can sample local delicacies at the bustling hawker centres. Adventure seekers can try rock climbing or water sports, while those looking for a more laid-back experience can visit beaches like Batu Ferringhi and Tanjong Bungah.
Malaysia is a tropical country with temperatures ranging from 21°C (70°F) to 34°C (93°F) throughout the year. The hottest months are usually April and May, while the wettest months tend to be October and November. Heavy rains usually occur during these two months, so travellers should plan accordingly.
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