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Malaysia: Destination of the Week

Roof of the chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Roof of the chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Malaysia is a destination that doesn't disappoint. Be prepared for lush rainforests and gushing waterfalls; adorable orangutans and cheeky monkeys; perfect sandy beaches and amazing dive sites. Top that with a vibrant culture, a warm and welcoming people, and delicious multi-ethnic cuisine, and you're in for a spectacular holiday. 

Lying just 140km (81 miles) north of the equator, Malaysia has a hot, sunny and rainy climate (don't be surprised to be caught in short, sharp showers year round that disappear as fast as they arrive). The country is affected by two monsoons meaning the best time to go depends on where you want to go. The northeast monsoon sends heavy rain to the east coast, affecting Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and parts of Sabah from ­November to February. The southwest monsoon affects Kuala Lumpur and Melaka and the west coast lowlands from May to October. In September and October, rains can be particulary strong around Penang and Langkawi.

So as you might expect, there are many ways to discover this amazing country. Experience Nature in the Wilds of Sabah, or combine culture and adventure with Traditional Malaysia and Wild Borneo. Alternatively, get off the mainland and head to exotic Langkawi for tropical island beaches that are to die for - Indulgent Malaysia ticks all the boxes. 


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