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Malaysia Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists

Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Malaysia, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.


Capital Kuala Lumpur
Language Malay
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
Voltage 240v

Whether you visit for the beautiful beaches or magnificent cities, Malaysia will leave a lasting memory fraught with incredible experiences. Discover the frenetic city of Kuala Lumpur, with its charming character and welcoming atmosphere, where you can unearth the very best of Malaysian cuisine in a city that embraces modernity, with its huge skyscrapers and passion for technology. Why not escape bustling Kuala Lumpur and head to Langkawi, Malaysia’s ‘tropical paradise’, with a laid-back tropical island vibe – a brilliant location for a spot of relaxation on pristine golden-sand beaches, overlooking crystal-clear waters. Perhaps Terengganu will entice you to its amazing beaches and lively cityscape, where Malaysia’s modernity of skyscrapers surround old, hidden Kampong-style houses. This is one of eastern peninsula Malaysia’s most interesting and prettiest Chinatowns.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Visit one of Kuala Lumpur’s and Malaysia’s most iconic buildings, the Petronas Towers, a magnificent 88-storey twin tower structure which is the tallest pair of buildings in the world. The gleaming stainless steel towers were designed by Argentinean architect, César Pelli for the Petronas (oil and gas company) headquarters. The towers resemble two silver rockets and provide the perfect symbol for Kuala Lumpur’s rise from tin mining, to a 21st century metropolis. Allow us to book your tickets online to view this magnificent city from the, even more impressive, Observation Deck, located on the 86th floor, providing brilliant sweeping views.

Shopping, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a brilliant destination for shopping aficionados, where the entire day could be spent in flash, air-conditioned malls searching for your favourite designer brands at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Mid Valley Mega Mall or Suria KLCC. If you fancy more low key shops with lesser-known labels, then Publika and Bangsar are perfect, or for holiday keepsakes, explore Central Market for locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. For a brilliant and totally unique shopping experience, visit the last few remaining artisans and antique dealerships in Chinatown and hunt for a brilliant deal.

Panorama Langkawi

View Langkawi from atop the majestic Gunung Machinchang, which stands at 708 metres. Take a twenty-minute SkyCab to the top – enjoying extraordinary views along the way – and discover unimaginable panoramic vistas across the island. Those daring enough can walk along the SkyBridge, a single-span suspension bridge soaring a staggering 100 metres above the jungle canopy below – it will certainly get your adrenaline surging.


Malaysia is home to an array of striking Chinese temples that have stood the test of time. Kuala Lumpur boasts an eclectic range of Chinese temples, including Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – the oldest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur – built on the orders of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy. Dedicated to Sin Sze Ya ans Si Sze Ya, it is still as important today as it was when it opened in 1883. Explore Thean Hou Temple, an imposing multi-storey Chinese temple dedicated to Thean Hou. It’s a huge tourist attraction, especially during Chinese festival periods and the birthdays of various temple gods. A must-visit in Terengganu is Ho Ann Kiong, a fascinating, vibrant red and gold structure that dates back to 1796.


The whole of Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate, with a combination of high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. A beach holiday can be enjoyed all year round, as the east and west coasts experience their wet months at alternate times - the wet season on the east coast (November to February) is when the west coast experiences sunny, dry weather. On the other hand, the wettest months on the west coast (April to October) are the driest months in the east.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Malaysia.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

Flight Information
Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow to Langkawi (via Kuala Lumpur); British Airways and Qantas from London Heathrow to Singapore or Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore, with onward connecting flights to Langkawi. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Langkawi: 14 hours, 25 minutes (excludes touchdown time in Kuala Lumpur).

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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