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Malaysia & Borneo Holidays

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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 & Borneo 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:

Quintessential Malaysia

Nights: 13 | from £3,750

A 13 night journey covering Malaysia's highlights including a visit to the world's oldest tropical woodlands, tea plantations, waterfalls and tropical beaches. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Malaysia

Nights: 11 | from £1,995

This 11 night Malaysian adventure that takes you from the bustling cities through to the stunning turquoise beaches of this amazing country. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Eastern & Oriental Bangkok to Singapore

Nights: 3 | from £1,800

A railway adventure aboard the unforgettable Eastern & Oriental travelling between Bangkok and Singapore, past the legendary River Kwai and over the Straits of Johor. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Voyages & Cruising

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Legends & Longhouses

Nights: 11 | from £2,925

Discover the impressive diversity of Malaysia from the busy capital Kuala Lumpur to the jungle’s of Mulu National Park and the warm beaches of Kota Kinabalu. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Sabah

Nights: 9 | from £2,325

Colourful villages, beautiful beaches, and trees full of rare monkeys are just some of the sights you'll see during your 9 nights in Malaysia and Borneo. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Four Seasons Hotel Langkawi

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An archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is a dramatic tropical paradise of endless white sand beaches, backed by limestone cliffs and... Find out more

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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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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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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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Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia

Prices from £1,639pp saving up to £1,100pp for 7 nights
Book a 7 night stay at Four Seasons Langkawi and pay for only 4 nights plus receive complimentary half board for 2. Prices from £1,639pp when staying in a Lower Melaleuca Pavilion, including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel from 13th April - 30th September 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia

Malaysia

Prices from £1,450pp saving up to £200pp for 7 nights
Book a 5 night stay at Tanjong Jara Resort, and receive 2 nights complimentary at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Prices from £1,450pp when staying a Bumbung and Deluxe Room, including international flights and airport transfers.  Valid for travel from now until 14th November 2015. 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.

Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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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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