Malaysia is a colourful blend of cultures, landscapes, history and cuisine.
What’s more, travelling in Malaysia is cheap, easy and exciting! As a UK resident, you get 90 days to explore Kuala Lumpur, the rainforests (including a side trip to Borneo), and the many beautiful islands on both sides of the country.
Most people have heard of Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur – and we think it’s worth a visit. But if you’re staying for a few weeks, you might want to check out some of these (lesser known) spots:
Penang: A large island off the west coast of Malaysia and has a thriving food scene – there’s nothing you can’t eat here. Penang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the colonial history.
Cameron Highlands: If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a trip to the Cameron Highlands – a green, peaceful escape. You can also trek through tea plantations.
Borneo: A nature lover’s dream with national parks teeming with rainforests (and wild orangutans)! You can grab a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo for less than you’d pay for a meal.
Langkawi and Tioman Islands: Perfect if you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday. Diving is popular here (and also cheap), so we recommend you spend some time exploring underwater.
Travelling to Malaysia: things you need to know
- Time Difference: GMT + 8 hours
- Country Phone Code: +60
- Capital City: Kuala Lumpur (population: 1.77 million)
- Primary Religion: Islam
- Currency: The Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
- Official Language: Bahasa Melayu (simply called “Malaysian”)
- Secondary Language: English
If you’re heading out to Malaysia (or thinking about it), we can recommend some local food places and hangouts.
Rama V – Ampang
Rama V is an authentic Thai restaurant sat beside a pool of lotus blossoms quietly tucked away from the busy district of Kuala Lumpur in a small town called Ampang.
Manja – Kuala Lumpur
Manja which is located in a beautiful colonial-style heritage building. It has a cosy and homely feeling, living up to the meaning of Manja which is “to pamper”. Enjoy sharing platters to eat with friends.
Yolk – Penang
Yolk is a cosy spot for brunch and night-time chilling. Hidden in the middle of Georgetown with lots of tourist attractions nearby, Yolk serves everything from English breakfast to tom yam pasta. A live band performs every evening from 8:00 pm till late. Beer and cocktails are reasonably priced too.
One Love – Langkawi
At One Love, you will enjoy refreshingly delicious cocktails and mixers while grooving to the music. Meet and mingle with other travellers and the friendly crew. Keep calm and do the reggae!
Stratosphere – Petaling Jaya
Stratosphere is Asia’s first and only luxury bar nestled on top of an infinity grassed helipad. From here you can see a panoramic 360-degree view of the city. Stratosphere is the perfect backdrop for niche events such as garden weddings, fashion shows and product launches.