Malaysian landscape

Our favourite routes in Malaysia to inspire your trip

Malaysia contains multitudes. Sure, it has its popular hotspots (George Town, we’re looking at you) but when it’s so easy to get around, there’s no reason you need to stick to the tourist trail.

Such freedom means the itinerary options are endless. If you want to be city one day, in the rainforest the next, and on the beach the day after that – you can (though we wouldn’t advise it). If you want to ditch the city stuff altogether and spend your time in homestays, jungle camps and indigenous villages instead, you can do that too.

What we’re trying to say is this: the itineraries in this section contain some of our personal favourite Malaysian experiences, but your perfect trip might look completely different. Take these routes as inspiration, tell us what you want to get from your holiday, and we’ll build you something to fit you.

2,100
Luxury
Honeymoon
Relaxation
Scenery

Combining beach-bound seclusion with city luxury — and a hot-air balloon ride to boot — this one's a real treat.

2,400
Classic
Active
Culture
Food & Drink
Hands on

This action-packed itinerary is all about full immersion: getting to grips with Malaysian culture by experiencing it first-hand.

2,600
Activity
Classic
Adventure
Culture
Relaxation
Scenery

Mix buzzing cities, tropical jungles and pristine beaches on this journey through the cultural and natural wonders of Northern Malaysia.

2,700
Family
Active
Culture
Relaxation
Scenery

Hands-on culture, outdoors exploration, and plenty of built-in downtime — this is a Malaysian adventure for all ages.

3,100
Classic
Active
History
Relaxation
Scenery

Balancing city with rainforest, beach and rural life, this is a classic introduction to the absolute highlights of Peninsular Malaysia.

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Our favourite places in Malaysia

Centuries-old trading ports, 130-million-year-old jungle, and beaches to rival the Maldives – all accompanied by hyper-modern megamalls, fabulous hotels, and some of the best food in the world: this is Asia dashing headlong into the future.

Here's our guide to the best known, plus some lesser known favourites.

Beach at Redang Island
The InsideAsia team in Bristol

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