Malaysia is cut in half by the South China Sea. One half is the modern and multicultural Malacca peninsula bordering Thailand. The other half is called East Malaysia and occupies part of the island of Borneo with jungles, orangutans and white beaches. Discover the most beautiful sights that Malaysia has to offer here.
Borneo is the best island to spot orangutans, proboscis monkeys and many different bird species. Malaysian Borneo is divided into two provinces: Sarawak and Sabah.
From the famous tea plantations in this area you will have a nice glimp of the bright green, rolling hills.
Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital of Malaysia located in the western part of the country. It is a large city but really easy to discover on foot.
Langkawi is located about 30 km from the mainland and not far from the border between Malaysia and Thailand.
With Dutch Square, Stadhuys and Christ Church, there are many Dutch remains from the 17th century.
Because of the beautiful nature, culture and food, Penang is on the bucket list of many travelers to visit.
Places I’ve been
- Cameron Highlands
- Kuala Lumpur
- Taman Negara National Parc
- Perhentian Islands
Best travel months
Malaysia can be visited year-round as long as you know the climate of its different regions so you can plan your trip accordingly.
- From March until the end of October is the best time to visit Malaysia;
- The best time to travel to Borneo is April to October;
- July and August, it’s high season so there will be more tourists and are the most expensive months to travel;
- March, April and October are ideal travel months to avoid mass crowds;
- From the end of October, the rainy season starts slowly, but till November you can travel well.
As with most countries, how expensive your trip is going to be is entirely dependent on your preferences. Below you can find average prices for accommodation, food & drinks and some activitities.
Based on the expenses of other visitors on average prices, I believe that you can budget around €60 per day on your vacation (includes accommodation, food, transportation and fees for tourist attraction).
- Hostel (€10-15)
- Mid-range hotel (€20-30)
- Luxury hotel (€50-100)
Or, you can try Airbnb; a popular choice for many travelers, including myself. Use this link to get a discount of €34 on your first trip.
Tip! Stay in The Majestic for the best value for money.
Food & Drinks
- Simple breakfast (€1) – breakfast is usually included at your hotel.
- Meal inexpensive restaurant (€3)
- Meal for 2 persons in mid-range restaurant (€18)
- Street food like Laksa or Char Koay Teow (€1)
- Domestic Beer (€3)
- Teh tarik (€1,50)
- Bottle of water (€0,40)
Tip! Try the ‘Teh tarik’, a popular hot milk tea beverage.
- Tuk-tuk (€2 for 10 minutes)
- Museum entry (€2)
- Cooking Class (€20)
- Tours (€15-25)
- Scooter rental (€8 per day)
Tip! Visiting temples, beaches, (night) markets and viewing street art are all free of charge.
One of my favorite parks on Borneo is the Bako National Park. Here you can spot the many proboscis monkeys.
Go for a jungle trekking to find the biggest flower in the world, the Rafflesia.
Rent a scooter and drive across the whole island to see all the beautiful sights.
Street Art in Georgetown simply cannot be missed during your stay in Penang.