Malaysia Holidays: An Overview

Malaysia is alive with the excitement of its buzzing cities, lush highlands, jungle filled landscapes and swathes of white sandy beaches.

At Original Travel we believe Malaysia to be one of the most alluring luxury holiday destinations in Asia. Owing mainly to its vibrant and distinctive blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures (and the resulting excellent cuisine), diverse landscapes, trading history and stunning beaches - Malaysia is a country well worth considering.

A highlight of any luxury Malaysia holiday is a trip to Borneo, which has to be one of the most original destinations on the planet. This is an island where scientists have discovered 52 completely new species since 2005 alone. Original Travel consultants have travelled extensively throughout the Malay provinces of Sabah and Sarawak in the north of the island, visiting the best beaches, researching rainforest lodges in tribal regions, watching the incredible wildlife (including the endangered orang-utan) and diving some of Asia's finest reefs. Mt Kinabalu is a trekkers' paradise, and Borneo also has some of South-East Asia's finest family hotels.

Kuala Lumpur, once a small Chinese mining town, is now the fast paced bright light city of South East Asia. Transit travellers frequent the city as it is a popular destination stopover en route to Malaysia's paradise beaches. The city is peppered with iconic skyscrapers, traditional street markets, modern shopping malls, Moorish buildings and colonial architecture.

Off the west coast of mainland Malaysia, is the picturesque archipelago of Langkawi, which is made up of 99 lush islands just south of the Thai border and Phuket, and the luxurious hotels here - including long term favourite the Datai and a new Four Seasons - are every bit as good as their Thai rivals. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or this trip is the first stamp in the passport, the turquoise waters and jungle cloaked islands will do nothing more than leave you in complete awe at their beauty.

Original Travel team members are passionate about the countries they work with, and have travelled to Malaysia a fair few times. As a result, they have the inside track on the best places to stay and visit during a luxury Malaysia holiday, and can tailor make an itinerary to suit your individual requests. As foodies we love Malaysia for the variety of mouth-watering dishes available to sample, so if it's a restaurant tip you are after, we have it. Basically it's all about beaches, jungle treks and dive sites - luxury holiday heaven.

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Langkawi, Penang & Pangkor Laut
Tioman & The East Coast
Kuala Lumpur
Langkawi, Penang & Pangkor Laut
Tioman & The East Coast
Kuala Lumpur
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A Note on Price

There is a great deal to do in Malaysia, and there are some fantastic hotels to stay in too. For two weeks, prices start from around £3,000 per person, including flights.

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