Malaysia

untouched natural beauty, unique wildlife encounters and diverse cultural experiences

This stunning archipelago is part of the heart and soul of South East Asia and amongst the most diverse places in the world. Heavily influenced by its cosmopolitan make up there is plenty to keep culture vultures in awe. Aspects of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture can be found at every turn – from hawker markets selling exquisite street food to sprawling Chinese night markets and the religious call of prayer. The Petronas Towers loom over the dramatic Kuala Lumpur skyline, while secluded tribesmen in the remote North seem a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

Geographically straddling the equator, Malaysia is separated into the Malaysian peninsula and Borneo by the South China Sea. One of the most biodiverse places in the world, the thick jungle covers most of the land mass and is estimated to contain 20% of all animal species in the world. The natural wealth found here could keep a naturalist occupied for a dozen lifetimes.

Sepilok in Borneo, is one of only four orangutan sanctuaries in the world, offering a rare insight into the intimate lives of these wild creatures. Trekking up to the highest mountain in the region, Mount Kinabalu in the Cameron Highlands, and its cool and mild climate of  offers a refreshing break from the high humidity of the tropics.

A dazzling array of beaches leaves sun seekers spoilt for choice. The East coasts and islands offer unexplored Robinson Crusoe beaches backing onto dense jungle. While Langkawi, Malaysia’s tourist hub, offers creature comforts combined with world-class hotels such as The Datai, the capital, Kuala Lumpur or KL as it’s affectionately known, is one of the most dynamic and vibrant in South East Asia. A glittering metropolis where a growing urban middle class can be found splashing out in gigantic shopping malls filled with designer labels and chic restaurants. Batu caves carved into limestone cliffs and filled with cave temples offers a break just outside the impressive city.

Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

Wildlife in Malaysia

Irshad Mobarak – The Malaysian David Attenborough

Never is there a dull morning at The Datai - but then, this is no ordinary escape. Tucked amongst dense, verdant foliage on the North-West of Pulau Langkawi, this tropical hideaway presents flora and flora like nowhere else on the planet.

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A memorable drive from Singapore to Malaysia

On a recent holiday to Malaysia Hubie Leese wanted to experience the real Malaysia and travelled by road from Singapore to Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur. On his adventurous road trip he stumbled across a traditional Malay restaurant in an industrial area just across the boarder into Malaysia. Find out more about his eye-opening journey....

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Places to Stay

At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay.

Gaya Island Resort malaysia

Gaya Island Resort, Pulau Gaya, Near Borneo

Gaya Island has successfully created a wonderful eco-style resort combining elegance yet in keeping with its natural surroundings.

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Pangkor Laut Private Island

Pangkor Laut Private Island

Set against a backdrop of ancient tropical rainforest and home to one of the most picturesque beaches in Malaysia the exotic private island of Pangkor Laut is perfect for anyone looking for a little piece of paradise.

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The Datai, Langkawi

Nestled beautifully amongst an ancient rainforest, The Datai is a little slice of Malaysian luxury, resting on the north western tip of Langkawi.

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Highlights

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

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Langkawi

Langkawi is made up of around 100 stunning islands, forming an archipelago in the Andaman Sea. Situated on the West coast of Malaysia, these picturesque islands are hugged by crystal clear waters, and powder-white sands. The main island is made up of paddy fields and jungle clad hills, and the surrounding coast is recognised as one of the most incredible places to don your snorkel and mask.

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and the most dynamic and vibrant city in the country. The city has a wealth of places to see and the Petronas Towers, named the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004, are still the world’s tallest twin towers. Kuala Lumpur Tower, the second tallest skyscraper in the city, offers unrivalled views from its revolving bar on the highest floor.

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luxury vacation malaysia borneo highlights

EXPLORE THE ISLAND OF BORNEO

The island of Borneo is divided by three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the North and Indonesia in the South. It is in fact the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. Home to one of the planet’s oldest rainforests, its tropical climate and abundance of rainfall makes Borneo’s flora among the most diverse in the world, and is famously one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered orangutan.

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Sepilok Orangutan Sactuary, Sabah

Sabah in Northern Borneo is home to the Sepilok orangutan sanctuary in Kabili-Sepilok forest reserve. It is one of only four orangutan sanctuaries in the world having opened its doors in 1964 as the first official rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned orangutans.

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Location

We know Malaysia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

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Malaysia

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Best time to go

Malaysia is a bit of a mixed bag with weather patterns as it experiences high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. As the East and West coasts have their wettest months at alternate times of year, the country can be enjoyed all year round. The West coast islands off the Malay Peninsular are best from November-May and should be avoided in September and October when the monsoon is at its strongest.

To avoid the East coast monsoon is better to visit Malaysia between March and October as many beach resorts are closed outside this period. Kuala Lumpur and Malacca are year round destinations with high humidity and tropical showers almost daily.

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Asia + The Middle East

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