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Introducing Malaysia

Diverse food, varied landscape along the South China Sea, and a refreshing lack of other tourists compared to other Southeast Asian countries make Malasia a very attractive destination.

When is the best time to visit?
Malaysia is hot and humid year-round. The dry season on the west coast lasts from November through February, although the east coast is wet and stormy that time of year.

Where to go in Malaysia?
From the urban hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur to the traditional way of life found still in the Sarawak longhouse villages, there are plenty of cultural opportunities to delight any traveler. Pair those with the tea plantations and islands of the peninsula and the wild jungle, granite peaks, and opportunities for recreation of Malaysian Borneo. The food is flavorful and enchanting and absolutely essential to the Malaysian experience.

How many days do I need?
Spend at least 5 days absorbing this country’s culture and landscape, and more ideally around 2 weeks.

Explore trips by duration: 5 days · 7 days · 14 days

Malaysia Tours & Itineraries

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One of Borneo's many colorful birds
Map of Borneo Adventure - 10 Days
Borneo Adventure - 10 Days

Love adventure, nature, and getting off the beaten track? If so, this Borneo tour is for you. Dive, walk, and bird-watch your way through 10 days of wildlife reserves and resorts, tucked away islands, and lush valleys.

Borneo monkey in the wild
Map of Borneo Eastern Wildlife Adventure - 5 Days
Borneo Eastern Wildlife Adventure - 5 Days

With flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in the world, the Borneo rainforest offers a thrilling experience to anyone willing to venture this far. During this 5-day journey, you will explore the jungle by both river and land in search of elusive wildlife, as well as encounter endangered species through the local conservation and rehabilitation centers.

Borneo Adventure - 7 Days
Map of Borneo Adventure - 7 Days
Borneo Adventure - 7 Days

This Borneo adventure is full of off-the-beaten-track experiences in areas rich in wildlife. Trek through primary rainforest, go on a riverboat safari, browse local fruit and veggie markets, and explore the jungle canopy in Poring.

Sunrise over Mount Trusmadi in Sabah
Map of Climb Mount Trusmadi & Explore Sapulot  - 8 Days
Climb Mount Trusmadi & Explore Sapulot - 8 Days

Climb the imposing Mount Trusmadi while still covering the natural and cultural highlights of the Sabah region. You'll encounter stunning wildlife, interact with the locals, and explore deep into the rainforests while trekking the second highest mountain in Malaysia.

Traditional boat on Sarawak River
Map of Discover Sarawak: Off the Beaten Path in Malaysian Borneo - 14 Days
Discover Sarawak: Off the Beaten Path in Malaysian Borneo - 14 Days

From the Deer and Lang Caves to trekking the limestone formations of the Pinnacles Trail, there is so much to do and see in Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo. Taste unusual delicacies and delectably fresh fruits, tour cultural centers, and wander through rainforests with an eye keen to see wildlife. Learn more about Bako and Mulu National Parks, village life, and touring by longboat with detailed days below.

An aerial view of an undisturbed beach in Kota Belud, just north of Kota Kinabalu
Map of Discover Sabah: Off the Beaten Path in Malaysian Borneo - 14 Days
Discover Sabah: Off the Beaten Path in Malaysian Borneo - 14 Days

Sabah is an area rich with culture, astonishing wildlife, incredible natural landscapes, and wild adventure that, when combined, make this Malaysian state a true gem of Borneo. Some lesser-known experiences and off-the-beaten trails throughout Sabah are a must-see to truly embrace the beauty and diversity of this stunning tropical destination. With expert insight, you'll find the best spots, views, markets, and food to experience Sabah as the locals do.

Malaysia Travel Advice

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An aerial view of Segama River, Danum Valley 
Unique Places to Visit in Sabah, Borneo

Sabah is a rich microcosm of authentic culture, incredible wildlife, awe-inspiring natural wonder, and endless adventure that together make this Malaysian state a true gem of...

Dreamy sunset in Kota Belud
Best Local Experiences in Sabah, Borneo

To experience Sabah as the locals do requires expert insight. Our Sabah specialist has put together a list of places where you can get off-the-beaten-path and discover the...

Our Latest Malaysia Content

Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah
How Many Days To Spend in Malaysia

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to spend in Malaysia, allowing you to explore the region's top wilderness venues and experience many of its cultural highlights. However, you can still enjoy Malaysia with far fewer days: five is long enough for a wildlife-rich rainforest experience, including time for relaxing on white sand beaches and snorkeling the Sulu Sea, while in a week to 10 days, you can dive deeper and experience multiple regions.

Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur and Petronas tours in the distance
Best Time of Year to Visit Malaysia

Malaysia is a singularly beautiful country with a rich culture, unique history, and delicious cuisine. But regarding the weather, you can expect the same climate that defines most nations in Southeast Asia: hot, humid, and rainy throughout the year. Like those other countries, Malaysia has not four seasons but two (wet and dry), and any travel plans you make should consider this reality. That said, no matter what time of year you visit, there are parts of the country to enjoy without fear of a rainout.

Dive or snorkel to see the iconic western clownfish in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Malaysia in May: Travel Tips, Weather & More

May is an excellent month to head outdoors in eastern Malaysia, whether hiking through the jungles, climbing a mountain, or diving and snorkeling at pristine reefs. The weather is mostly dry in the east, making this a prime time to seek out orangutans in Borneo. Find out more below about traveling to Malaysia in May.

Malaysia Travel Maps

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Malaysia map: Borneo Adventure: 10 Days
Borneo Adventure: 10 Days
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Malaysia map: Borneo Eastern Wildlife Adventure - 5 Days
Borneo Eastern Wildlife Adventure - 5 Days
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Malaysia map: Borneo Adventure - 7 Days
Borneo Adventure - 7 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Malaysia
Travel specialist Theresa Unterluggauer
active 13 hours ago

Theresa Unterluggauer

Hey :) My name is Theresa. (Just a girl with a hammock) I am from the South of Austria. I grew up surrounded by mountains, cows and grasslands. I always wanted to go abroad and leave the small...

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Travel specialist Bruce Peng
active 12 hours ago

Bruce Peng

Previously I was a crew member working on an international cruise ship. My love for travel led me to join Odynovo Tours. 10 years of working experience have allowed me to visit various countries in...

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Travel specialist Tom Zhou
active 12 hours ago

Tom Zhou

My passion for travel has taken me to visit all 11 Southeastern Asia countries. 12 years of experience with Odynovo Travel has given me the opportunity to witness some of the world’s most cherished...

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Travel specialist Nick Jansen
active 13 hours ago

Nick Jansen

After I studied tourism in The Netherlands I moved to Malaysia to live in the tropics and organize memorable trips for travelers. I love exploring this beautiful country and I enjoy sharing my tips...

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Trip Reviews for Malaysia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Great trip!
Malaysia | Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2022

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Priscella C.
Alameda, CA | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2022

Alisha was really helpful in her recommendations and customizing the trip! She also provided timely responses which was appreciated.

The trip overall was great- Hasan was our driver guide and he was so friendly and gave us a great overview of Malaysia's history and areas we visited. He even showed up one day when we didn't expect to see him in order to make sure we got picked up by our other local tour guide. All the pick ups/drop offs went very smoothly. We really enjoyed our time in... read more

Alisha was really helpful in her recommendations and customizing the trip! She also provided timely responses which was appreciated.

The trip overall was great- Hasan was our driver guide and he was so friendly and gave us a great overview of Malaysia's history and areas we visited. He even showed up one day when we didn't expect to see him in order to make sure we got picked up by our other local tour guide. All the pick ups/drop offs went very smoothly. We really enjoyed our time in Teman Nagara, Cameron Highlands, and Penang.

Two minor hiccups-
1) When we checked in at Taman Negara, the resort had listed us as participating in different activities than what we expected on the itinerary: no biggie though, it was easily switched around without extra cost!
2) Our itinerary didn't list what time our dinner was in Penang, and we completely forgot to ask about it. A guide showed up to our hotel and waited for an hour to meet us (which we feel so badly about) but we were already in the town! We didn't make it to the dinner but I'm sure it would have been delicious!

I'd definitely book another trip with KimKim based on this experience!

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Visit Mossy Forest
Cameron Highlands

Beautiful place!

Quality of Experience
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Local specialist: Alisha Estevez
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Alisha Estevez
Local specialist in Bali | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Hello Priscella,

Thank you very much for the great feedback on your trip.

I am very happy that you had a great time and returned home with wonderful memories.

See you soon and best regards,

Alisha

Wildlife safari
Malaysia | Jul 15 - Jul 26, 2018

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Alison W.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2018

An unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Through Kimkim, Sticky Rice we’re able to put together a truly unique experience. Although some details weren’t exactly clear before travelling (some confusion over one accommodation) when I arrived the whole trip ran like clockwork. I can’t recommend Sticky Rice and each of their staff more, and without KimKim I wouldn’t have found them.

Local specialist: Yanti Saman