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
16 days  •  $4399 $3999
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 $2399 $2099
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.

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

Matt was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Malaysian culture and wildlife. The hike in Bako was wonderful and I loved the fact that we actually got to see some of the wildlife. Batang Ai was beautiful and rustic. We really enjoyed our stay there as well as the longhouse visit. Bangkok was outstanding! Chai was the best guide we have had on any of our international trips. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone had the best experience possible. He is a great ambassador for Bangkok as well as Friendly Planet.

Cheryl Minardi

Borneo was fantastic!

Alan Craig