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Malaysia is essentially two distinct countries in one: the multicultural Peninsular Malaysia is a heady blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, while Borneo is wild tangle of jungle, brimming with remote tribes and orang-utans, the two regions cleaved in half by the South China Sea. Extending south from Asia like an index finger, the Peninsular points towards Australia and Indonesia in a clash of dense jungle, fertile plains and steep mountains trickling down to sandy beaches. Malaysian Borneo is divided into Sarawak and Sabah, with the tiny enclave of Brunei in between. Though its jungles may be wild, Malaysia isn't. In fact, it's one of the safest and most stable countries in Asia making it the perfect introduction to the diverse and thrilling continent. And it's certainly diverse: pockets of varied ethnicity, religion and culture have created a fabulously varied population, as well as an incredible food scene. Peranakan 'nonya' cuisine with its Chinese influences, Indian-spiced curries, buffets of astronomical proportions, food stalls and rather good efforts at Western dishes, too. This is not a region where you'll find yourself hungry. Scattered about the land you'll find hugely contrasting microcosms of ancient history and futuristic modernity;in the mirror-like high rises of Kuala Lumpur to the cheery longhouse villages of Sarawak.

Malaysia Holidays & Borneo Holidays with A&K
It was another intoxicating day in Malaysia's Taman Negara National Park: steamy, exotic and wriggling with life - and that's exactly why A&K's highly professional guide came into his own. One minute he was helping our guests search for the crab-eating macaque and Malayan Peacock Pheasant, the next he had calmly slipped off his shoes and handed them to one of the group.

Clad only in a bikini and towel, she needed to escape a swarm of rampaging honeybees. Emergency over, without a sting in sight, he collected her spilt possessions from the jungle floor, before, with barefoot nonchalance, returning to identify the prolific wildlife for the fascinated guests.

Expecting the unexpected is nothing new for our highly qualified guides. They're the frontline of our large regional team, that has built up a formidable reputation over three decades and can seamlessly link your Abercrombie & Kent luxury Malaysia and Borneo holiday with surrounding destinations. It's a key reason we've hosted an impressive portfolio of guests, including the organisation representing the world's top 8,000 CEOs.

Marauding insects aren't the only thrill on a tour of the country, of course. You can kick back on the peachy beaches of Penang and Langkawi, where sumptuous resorts are swaddled by verdant hills. Alternatively, we can take you inland to the sticky jungle of Taman Negara - the oldest tropical rainforest on the planet - and the cooler Cameron Highlands with its tea estates, orchards and golf courses, or buzzing Kuala Lumpur with its splendid shopping.

Head east across the South China Sea and you'll embark on an A&K Borneo tour. The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah offer diving over reefs teeming with blizzards multicoloured tropical fish, the famous orangutan sanctuary and canopy walks above the rainforest's ecological wonderland. Just watch out for those rampant honeybees.




Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Malaysia

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Discover the myriad faces of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, exploring their diverse cultural heritage, spectacular rainforests and beaches, lively... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Sabah

Nights: 9 | from £2,325pp

Sabah, Malaysia’s ‘Wild East’, is a lush natural wonderland where orangutans swing through the rainforest, azure seas teem with colourful fish and former... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Borneo Wildlife Adventure

Nights: 8 | from £2,995pp

Introduce the family to the wildlife of one of the world’s great natural wonderlands – Borneo. Snorkel among dazzling fish, meet the great orange apes... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays

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Legends & Longhouses

Nights: 11 | from £2,925pp

Jungle-clad Borneo is a wild island like no other, home to orangutans and former headhunters. Discover its natural and cultural wonders in the twin Malaysian... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays | Adventure & Culture

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Eastern & Oriental Bangkok to Singapore

Nights: 3 | from £1,595pp

Relive the most glamorous era of travel on a journey through the tropical landscapes of Thailand and Malaysia. Witness the infamous Bridge on the River... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur  

The Mandarin Oriental offers some of the best views of this vibrant city from a prime position between the flowering gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Centre...Find out more

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Four Seasons Hotel Langkawi

Langkawi  

Located in the Andaman Sea off Malaysia's northwestern coast, Langkawi is Southeast Asia's first UNESCO Geopark – a geological and ecological wonderland...Find out more

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Offer The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia with Abercrombie & Kent

The Datai

Langkawi  

An ancient rainforest on the north western tip of Langkawi Island is home to The Datai, an exclusive, romantic hideaway bordered by a white sandy beach...Find out more

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Offer A&K Favourite Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Borneo, Malaysia with Abercrombie & Kent

Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Kota Kinabalu  

Each one of the 420 serene and luxurious guest rooms has a distinctly Malaysian feel, with soft and comforting earth tones and intricately carved panels;...Find out more

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Offer Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa with Abercrombie & Kent

Bunga Raya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

Bunga Raya Island Resort is a luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. The 47 timbered villas are located on a hidden...Find out more

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View a selection of our top offers:

Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia

Summer Special: 10% discount
Book a stay at Four Seasons Langkawi before 31st August and save 10% on room rates. Valid for travel 1st September - 30th April 2017. Book by 31st August 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Bunga Raya Island Resort, Malaysia

Malaysia

30% discount on 2nd and 3rd night
Book a stay at Bunga Raya Island Resort and receive a 30% discount from your 2nd and 3rd nights. Valid for travel 1st April - 30th June and 1st September - 30th November 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Shangri La Rasa Ria, Malaysia

Malaysia

Complimentary sunrise breakfast with a view of Mount Kinabalu
Book a stay in the Ocean Wing at Shangri La’s Rasa Ria and receive special benefits exclusive to A&K; these benefits include a complimentary breakfast overlooking Mount Kinabalu as the sun rises, plus 20% discount on all food and beverages, and spa treatments too. Valid for travel 1st September 2016 – 31st March 2017, excludes 24th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017 and 26th January – 1st February 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
 

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The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia

Prices from £1,575pp saving up to £500pp for 7 nights
Book a 7 night stay at The Datai Langkawi and receive 50% discount on the second room. First room receives 2 nights complimentary and 15% discount. Prices from £1,575pp based on a family of four with two children below 12 years staying in two Canopy Deluxe Rooms including breakfast, transfers and international flights. Bookings must be made 60 days prior to receive 15% discount on first room. Valid for travel 1st April - 23rd December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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The St. Regis Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia

Prices from £1,495pp saving up to £300pp for 7 nights
Book a 7 night stay at The St. Regis Langkawi and pay for only 5 nights. Prices from £1,495pp based on two people sharing a Premier Rainforest Room on a B&B basis, including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel until 22nd December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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malaysia

Fly to

Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)

Weather

Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.

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