Luxury Private Tours to MALAYSIA

Luxury Private Tours to Malaysia – Malaysia offers two countries for the price of one – Peninsular Malaysia, with its sprawling cities, forested highlands and fringing islands, and East Malaysia, the northern half of the island of Borneo, whose dense rainforests provide a haven for orangutans and indigenous tribes. ‘Unity in diversity’ is the national motto of this famous melting pot, a heady blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese culture, with a garnish of animist traditions, courtesy of the Orang Asli – literally ‘original people’ – of Sabah and Sarawak. A steamy colonial air hangs over the mainland cities of Georgetown (Penang), Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, while Malaysian Borneo is a playground for divers, trekkers and modern-day explorers.

Best time to visit in Malaysia

May to September, for the best chance of clear skies

Top things to do in Malaysia

  • Stay in an Iban longhouse on Borneo’s mighty Batang Rejang river.
  • Dive with sharks and turtles on the awesome reefs of Slipadan.
  • Enjoy the full tropical island experience at Pulao Perhentian or Pulao Langkawi.

Discover Malaysia

  • Read Tash Awe’s The Harmony Silk Factory or Rani Manicka’s The Rice Mother for two different takes on Malaysian multiculturalism.
  • Listen to dondang sayang (Chinese-influenced love ballads), or the wholesome Malay pop of Siti Nurhaliza and Mawi.
  • Watch Yasmin Ahmad’s award winning Sepet, which challenges taboos about cross-cultural relationships in Malaysia.
  • Eat roti canai (fried, flat bread with a rich curry dipping sauce) at one of Malaysia’s 24-hour mamak (Tamil Muslim) canteens.
  • Drink ten tarik (‘pulled’ tea with condensed milk), or tauk (rice wine from Borneo).

One word for Malaysia Tourism

Malaysia boleh! (Malaysia can do it!)

Places to visit in Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur from the walkway between the Petronas Towers.
  • Tea plantations sprawling across the Cameron Highlands.
  • The dawn view from the summit of Mt Kinabalu, Southeast Asia’s highest mountain.
  • Colonial grandeur and dragon-tiled temples in Georgetown (Penang).
  • Surreal acts of self-mortification during the festival of Thaipusam.

Malaysia Highlights

The Petronas Towers, orangutans, dense jungles, logging Michelle Yeoh, tribal longhouses, colonial relics, hawker food, the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

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