Malaysia Halal Travel

Submit your senses to Malaysia’s divinely idyllic islands, captivating country landscapes and dynamic towering cities as the region’s tropics fill your spirit with wonder and excitement

The beauty of the natural wonder found in Malaysia’s rainforests, hills, valleys and beaches mirrors the country’s beautiful people and their cultural coexistence. Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are religions that thrive side by side in this Muslim country and their harmony extends an invitation to travelers from all over the globe to immerse themselves in the nation’s soul-enriching love, humanity and hospitality.

In Malaysia it is impossible to be short of an abundance of fantastic halal food. Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines entice senses up and down the nation with regional cuisines offering travelers the chance to dive into not just a heavenly eating experience, but an insight into the rich history present up and down the nation.

The architectural styles in Malaysia leave both Malaysians and travelers alike awe-struck; Masjids and palaces with a distinctly Islamic influence, temples and houses inspired by Chinese and Nyonya traditions of vivid colour and tiling as well as examples of European architecture can all be seen standing side by side throughout the country. In Malaysia the towering modern skyscraper is just as amazing a sight as the traditional house on stilts.

When travelling to Malaysia the last of your worries should be about where you rest your head at the end of a long day of taking in the culture, art, history and food. Malaysia boasts some of the best, top-rated hotel and accommodation experiences within the region with an emphasis on sustainability and environmentally conscious living.

Need to Know About Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

is the capital

Ringgit

is the currency

Nasi Lemak

is the national dish

GMT+8

is the local time

Malaysia Itinerary Ideas

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

The sprawling capital city contains a wide range of experiences and activities. From the famous butterfly park with one of the biggest butterfly colonies in the world to the Perdana Botanical Gardens and Zoo Negara Malaysia, quench your thirst for natural wonder. Visit KLCC Suria, one of the major malls of KL which rests at the foot of the world famous Petronas Towers, or take a trip to the top of Menara tower for breathtaking views of the city. Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor offer the city explorer a chance to take in live food stations amidst the chaotic hustle and bustle of one of the city’s main shopping and market areas.

Rickshaws in Penang

Penang

Best known for being the food capital of Malaysia, Penang Island with its central city George Town alongside Seberang Perai has some of the most luscious sandy beaches in the region, such as Batu Ferringhi. The Tropical Spice Garden houses the local indigenous plants and spices. Take a trip back in time to colonial Penang by visiting Fort Cornwallis or having tea at Suffolk House. The floating Tanjung Bungah mosque is an extremely popular engineering feat or you can give yourself a fright by visiting the famous Snake Temple, with slimy slithering friends lurking at every corner! There is no better way of getting to and from each of these areas than the colourfully decorated and fairy light adorned Trishaws for the complete Penang experience.

View of sky bridge in Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi

The Island of Langkawi can be accessed via domestic flights from many airports around Malaysia. Pantai Cenang beach is one of the most famous beachfronts in the whole world; situated alongside a row of restaurants serving fresh seafood and shops selling souvenirs, the beach offers travelers the chance to relax on the majestic white sand or dip into the beautifully tranquil water. The Sky Bridge and cable car takes you to 2000 feet above the rainforests of Kedah and offers some of the greatest views you could ever wish to see. Mangrove tours, cruises on the river and the famous bat cave tours take travelers to within touching distance of Southern Thailand.

Rolling tea plantations in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands offers a break from the humidity and heat of the rest of Malaysia. With points of interest situated between 2000 and 5000 feet the average temperature and humidity in this area is generally on the cooler side. The rolling hills and lush green valleys of this region make it a must-see for all tourists. The Highlands offer travelers the amazingly unique experience of trekking in the jungles with various trekking opportunities dotted around the region. A popular sigh is Thompson Falls, a small waterfall situated in a charmingly quaint area just outside the centre of the Highlands.

Aerial view of perehentian island

Perhentian Islands

Located just off Kota Bharu, this collection of islands is extremely popular for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and general swimming. The waters surrounding these isles are crystal clear and have a mesmerising blue hue. The islands are well known for housing not only some of the most beautiful landscapes the region has to offer, but also offer amazing opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing and fishing.

View of pier in mabul island beach, sabah

Sabah

Located on Borneo, the imposing granite mountain Kinabalu of the Sabah region stands at over 13000 feet making it Malaysia’s tallest peak. The presence of the mountain in Sabah roots the traveler into a sense of perspective and oneness with the nature of the region. The two day hike up the mountain is extremely popular and fairly rigorous; it requires booking months in advance as only a limited number of hikers can go up each day. Surrounding the mountain is Kinabalu National Park, the first heritage sight of Malaysia. The park is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. The city of Kota Kinabalu is the central destination of Sabah with most travelers opting to spend most of their time in Sabah here. The thrill of Island ziplining juxtaposes the calming nature of Ranau natural spa making Sabah a location that offers something for everyone.

Monkey sitting on tree in Sarawak malaysia

Sarawak

Sarawak borders Sabah and the tiny royal country of Brunei. The main city Kuching is a typically bustling Southeast Asian city with a rich history. Statues of cats and the cat museum in Kuching (which means cat in Malay) adorn the streets making this region especially popluar with friends of feline near and far. Sarawak is home to a very unique culture, especially because of the Iban and Dayak people who are indigenous to the region. Kuching Mosque, the Astana, the main Bazaar and the Cat Museum are extremely popular experiences and activities to engage with in the region, so too are the Kuching waterfront and Fort Margherita. Another popular way of kicking back and relaxing while seeing the city is taking a wooden boat cruise upon the River Sarawak which bisects the city

Best Times to Visit Malaysia

You are guaranteed warmth and humidity in Malaysia with temperatures hovering around 30°C year round and humidity averaging roughly 85%. Rain in Malaysia occurs usually in the afternoon and again, is fairly consistent year round though outside of monsoon season the rains arrive and leave fairly quickly. 

The rainy season AKA monsoon season affects mainly the eastern coast of Malaysia and the western area of Sarawak and this occurs between late November and mid-late February. Outside of these months, specifically March-October, is generally considered to be the best time to visit the region.