Malaysia

Savvy travelers have known about Malaysia's many wondrous touring opportunities for years. It is an irresistible vacation spot for everyone - from nature lovers who long to explore the flora and fauna of pristine rainforests to sophisticated urbanites who crave great food and night life, fantastic shopping, and futuristic architecture. Malaysia has something to offer to any traveler, let a discount tour from Friendly Planet help take you there!

Tours & Packages to Malaysia

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Borneo Adventure
Delectable Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, the gateway to Borneo, Batang Ai & Iban Longhouse excursion, Gunung Mulu National Park & Kota Kinabalu
15 days  •  from $3699 $3299
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Exotic Borneo & Bangkok
Kuching, the gateway to Borneo, Bako National Park, the Semengok Orangutan Center, Batang Ai & Iban Longhouse tour plus Bangkok
10 days  •  from $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Malaysia? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population:  30.33 million
Currency: Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
Languages: Malaysian
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: MST (UTC +8)

Weather

Malaysia is hot and humid, with Borneo being a little hotter and more humid than the rest of the country. November thru February is the rainy season on the east coast, but is considered an ideal time for visiting the west coast, which remains dry during those months. If you plan to visit higher elevations, be sure to take a sweater. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Malaysia for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Shop for batiks, silverwork, pewter, brass, gold and silver brocades, local handicrafts, kites and carvings. Be sure not to purchase anything made from pangolin, an endangered anteater. It will be confiscated by customs. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Malaria is present in Sabah and Sarawak. Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and possible typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations. Remember to take along plenty of insect repellant.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

240 volts. Plug G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Malaysia, though tips are always appreciated. A 10% service charge is often added to restaurant and hotel bills, so you do not need to tip above the service charge. Taxi and rickshaw drivers are very appreciative of a small tip. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Articles

Rave Reviews

It was a very good trip! I came to see the beauty of the world around me. I love Kuching. Bako was such a gem. I would have loved to have stayed longer. The hotel in Batang Ai was nice. I took the Phuket Island extension and all I can say is wow, wow, wow! I am trying to figure out how I can move and live there. It was more than a perfect way to end a perfect trip. I have recommended your company to friends and family. I will always treasure the memories. Thank you.

Mary Jo Riley

Our tour guide in Borneo was really exceptional. He was extremely interesting and demonstrated excellent knowledge of all areas we visited and toured. He made sure our trip was interesting and really demonstrated a great deal of care throughout the tour of Kuching and Bako. He also gave very good suggestions for places to dine locally. Very nice hotel in Batang Ai that exceeded my expectations. The tour to the Longhouse was very good. We loved the Lake and the Longboat ride. They were very nice experiences. Our visit to Bangkok was really excellent. Our guide (Chai) was really excellent and made the Thailand experience truly unforgettable. He was extremely knowledgeable on all of the sites we visited and went out of his way to make sure we were always comfortable and hydrated. It would be hard to believe we could have had any better time in Thailand and this was all due to the care Chai took in leading the tours and various experiences. The drivers were also very good in some very difficult traffic situations. I have no negative comments on the Borneo or Thailand experiences we had.