Most people who visit Malaysia arrive through Kuala Lumpur on the Malaysian Peninsula. Follow this link to our Kuala Lumpur web page for information about the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, Petaling Street, Lake Gardens and much more. Tours of Malaysia also usually visit Malacca on the Malaysian Peninsula. In Malacca, see Dutch Square, Queen Victoria Fountain, Clock Tower, Christ Church, St. Paul’s Church and the ancient Portuguese fortress of A’Famosa.
From Kuala Lumpur, extend your visit with a flight to Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Malaysia shares the island of Borneo with Brunei and Indonesia. Hotel prices in Borneo are very low, so stay at a quality hotel, like the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu on the waterfront. Spend time at the beach on Sapi Island and go snorkeling. In Kota Kinabalu you can also see the Kota Kinabalu National Mosque, the Sabah Museum and the Monsopiad Cultural Village.
Monosopiad Cultural Museum, Kota Kinabalu
Visit Malaysia – Borneo, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
One of the main reasons to visit Borneo is to see the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Orangutan habitat is disappearing and orangutans are threatened with extinction in the wild. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre attempts to rehabilitate and release orangutans into the Borneo rainforest. The rehabilitation center holds regular feedings of orangutans for tourists to help support their efforts. After a visit the the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, tours often take a river cruise down the Kinabatangan River to look for birds and wildlife. Spotting a Malayan tiger is unlikely, as there are less than 500 Malayan tigers left in the wild.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo
Best Time of Year to Visit Malaysia
Malaysia is along the equator and the South China Sea, so the weather is hot and humid all year long. You can expect the same temperatures no matter what month of the year that you visit. Malaysia has two monsoon seasons that last most of the year. Rainfall is slightly higher in the months of November and December. The months of June and July, between the two monsoon seasons, are likely the best time of year to visit Malaysia.
Crocodile, Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Visit Malaysia – Visa Requirements
Citizens of most countries do not require a tourist visa for entry to Malaysia. For the latest status, check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Malaysia faces the South China Sea. About 30 million people live there. Malaysia has two separate land areas. The peninsula of Malaysia is bordered by Thailand to its north and Singapore to the south. Kuala Lumpur is on the peninsula and is the capital of Malaysia. The other area of Malaysia is Borneo, which is on an island to the east of the peninsula.