Vibrant cities, gorgeous beaches and islands, lush rainforest, mouthwatering food, well-preserved heritage, and a fascinatingly diverse culture: Malaysia may be Southeast Asia’s best-kept secret. At first glance, the bustling streets of Kuala Lumpur seem those of a modern city with skyscrapers and high end shops. Look a little closer and you’ll find traditional Chinese architecture, a mix of temples, mosques, and churches, lively markets, hawker stalls, and pre-war colonial heritage. With Malay, Chinese, Indian, British, Dutch, and indigenous peoples all having influenced the country’s past, Malaysia’s culture is unlike any other’s.

In the north you’ll find art and food-rich George Town on the island of Penang, the beaches and hills of Langkawi, and the tea plantations and other-worldly forests of the Cameron Highlands. To the east are the jaw-dropping beaches of the Perhentian and Tioman islands with their white sands and clear waters that delight divers and snorkelers alike. In the south sits vibrant Kuala Lumpur and the charming heritage city of Melaka. Everywhere you’ll find welcoming hosts, modern conveniences, and respect for tradition.

Whether Malaysia is a standalone destination for you or part of a trip to Borneo or elsewhere in Southeast Asia, we’re here to help. Our expert, Marbree, has lived, worked, and travelled throughout the Malaysian peninsula and is happy to offer you unbiased advice on where to go, what to skip, and how long to spend in each place. Your holiday is unique to you so we’ll tailor it as you wish. Have a look at our sample itineraries for a bit of inspiration — be sure to check out our Active in Malaysia itinerary, recently featured in The Telegraph — and then give us a call at (UK) 0207 112 0019 or email to start planning your holiday.