Buzzing cities, idyllic islands, exotic ports and lush highlands combine to create magical Malaysia.

Home to a collision of cultures, you can eat roti for breakfast and feast on fragrant curries for dinner; admire mosques in the morning and temples in the afternoon; and visit remote villages as well as towering skyscrapers – it’s all possible in Malaysia.

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18 Dec 2016
Borneo Family Adventure
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Wild Sarawak
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Our Malaysia trips

Malaysia tour reviews

Our Malaysia trips score an average of 4.69 out of 5 based on 242 reviews in the last year.

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Articles on Malaysia

Malaysia travel highlights

Transport in Malaysia

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Malaysia, you may find yourself travelling by:

Travelling by bus in Malaysia

Bus

Rub shoulders with other commuters while riding a local bus. An easy and economical option, you’ll get where you need to go on the cheap.

Best of Malaysia

Borneo Family Adventure

A classic longtail boat is a great way to cruise

Longtail Boat

Hop aboard and cruise down rivers and channels in a classic South-East Asian mode of transport - a longtail boat.

Best of Malaysia

Wild Sarawak

Sabah Adventure

A trishaw ride through Melaka, Malaysia

Trishaw

Weave your way through the winding streets of historic Melaka on a trishaw ride, spotting heritage-filled buildings along the way.

Best of Malaysia

Classic Malaysia

Accommodation in Malaysia

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Malaysia you may find yourself staying in a:

Homestay in Malaysia

Homestay

Stay with a local family in their traditional home, built on the shore of a peaceful lake. With a chance to explore nearby villages and swim in local waterfalls, this authentic getaway offers immersion in the local way of life.

Best of Malaysia

Sabah Adventure

Classic Malaysia

Malaysian traditional dancers

Malaysia holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Malaysia

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Culinary Experiences of Malaysia

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Malaysia

Health and Safety

Further reading

Malaysia travel FAQs

Most nationalities do not need visas to visit Malaysia as a tourist for up to three months. Please check with your relevant Malaysian embassy or consulate.

Tipping isn’t expected in Malaysia. Some restaurants include a 10% service fee in bills. Feel free to leave a tip at restaurants or with taxi drivers if you’re feeling generous – it will be appreciated.

The internet is easy to access in Malaysia’s large cities, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots quite common, especially in tourist spots, hotels and hostels. Regional areas and rural communities might have little to no internet access, so be aware of this before heading out of the city.

Mobile phone coverage is excellent in Malaysia’s large cities; however, it may be patchy in regional areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated on your phone before leaving home.

Malaysian public toilets are a mix of western-style toilets and squat toilets. Up-market hotels and malls will usually have both options, whereas rural areas will almost certainly only have squat toilets. Be aware that soap and paper aren't always supplied, so be prepared and carry your own.

Hawker food snack = 3 MYR
Cup of teh tarik (tea) = 1-2 MYR
Beer in a bar or pub = 8 MYR
Souvenir t-shirt = 10-20 MYR

It's not recommended to drink the tap water in Malaysia. Filtered water is a better option; try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.

Credit cards are widely accepted by malls, hotels and large restaurants in Malaysia. Smaller guesthouses, shops and cafes may not accept credit cards, so ensure you have enough cash to cover purchases in smaller establishments.

ATMs are easily found in large cities and towns but are far less common in rural and remote areas. Ensure you have enough cash before heading to isolated areas, as ATMs might be sparse.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year
  • 28 Jan Chinese New Year
  • 29 Jan Chinese New Year
  • 2nd Day National
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 10 May Wesak Day
  • 3 Jun Agong's Birthday
  • 25 Jun Hari Raya Aidilfitri*
  • 26 Jun Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2nd Day* 
  • 31 Aug National Day / Merdeka Day
  • 1 Sep Hari Raya Haji
  • 16 Sep Malaysia Day
  • 21 Sep Awal Muharram
  • 18 Oct Deepavali *
  • 1 Dec Prophet Muhammad's BirthdayNational
  • 25 Dec Christmas

*Subject to change

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Malaysia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/malaysia/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Responsible travel in Malaysia

Top responsible travel tips for Malaysia

1. Be considerate of Malaysia's customs, traditions, religions and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. Ask permission, remove your shoes and cover your shoulders with a jacket or wrap before entering a place of worship.

4. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

5. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

6. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

7. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

8. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

9. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

10. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

11. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

12. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In Malaysia, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program

HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program

HUTAN’s Orangutan Conservation Centre works with local staff in conservation, education for protection of orangutans in their remaining wild environment.

Photo provided by HUTAN


To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org