Malaysia Tourism and Travel Guide

Malaysia is a montage of varied cultures and flavours, with a dash of colonial heritage. From the blue beaches of the Perhentian Islands to the dense jungles of Sabah, Malaysia is a traveller’s paradise. If you are travelling to Malaysia, a few nights marvelling at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur is a given. When you are done indulging in the urban delights of the capital, head to the misty tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands. Definitely explore aborigine villages while you are there. For those seeking adventure, Malaysia has no shortage of activities and things to do. Trek through one of the forests of Borneo for wild encounters with giant flowers (Rafflesias) and some of the last remaining orangutans. You could also hike up Malaysia’s tallest mountain, and Southeast Asia’s fourth tallest, Kota Kinabalu. A dive down the pristine waters of the Sipadan Island that is home to barracudas and manta ray. Malaysia is also a cornucopia of cuisines and aromas. A paradise for food lovers, don’t leave here without trying their mee goreng, otak otak and the assam laksa.
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Best Luxury Hotels in Malaysia

Enjoy relaxing spas, azul pools, massages, beach views, delicious dishes and the best of Malay hospitality at these handpicked luxury hotels in Malaysia.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Malaysia

Comfortable stays, good food and ocean vistas, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will let you witness the charms of Malaysia without having to spend a fortune.

Best Budget Hotels in Malaysia

Malaysia has a plethora of budget options with incredible facilities that will make you say, "How can this be so cheap?" Find one from Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels in Malaysia

Best Hostels & Homestays in Malaysia

Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the unique Malay culture and lifestyle. Or, you can stay at these happening hostels with happening crowds.

Best Time to Visit Malaysia

Peak Season is from April to September. Malaysia is a sunny paradise during these months and sees huge tourist crowds.

Shoulder Season: October to December sees less humidity and heat, making it an ideal time for sightseeing and other outdoor activities.

Off-season: January to March are the months when the tourists start thinning out due to the rainy season. Henceforth, the accommodation and travel costs reduce making it the ideal time for a budget backpacker.

Budget for Malaysia

For Budget Travellers: INR 1500 - 2500 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and lodges: INR 400 - 900
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 200 - 500
  • Public Transport in trishaws and buses: INR 100 - 500
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets & shows): INR 50 - 500

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 2000 to INR 4000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 1000 - 1500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 500 - 1000
  • Local transport in metro and local taxis: INR 200 - 600
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 100 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 9000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 6000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing and Activities: INR 1000 and upwards

Visa Information for Malaysia

Nationals of India, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Serbia & Montenegro can apply for an e-visa to visit Malaysia for upto 30 days. Most other nationalities can travel to Malaysia without a visa. They will be issued a 14, 30 or 90 day entry permit stamp on their passport which should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Malaysia. The cost ranges from INR 2000 to INR 6000.

Countries and territories that don’t require a visa for up to 90 days: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Yemen.

Countries and territories that don’t require a visa for up to 30 days: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Macao SAR, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Togo, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Only under special circumstances can Israeli citizens enter Malaysia.

Overstaying your visa duration in Malaysia requires $10 or 30RM fine per day.