Overview of resorts in Malaysia. The best resorts in Malaysia, where to go

This article has been translated from Russian language using an artificial intelligence-based translation algorithm. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the quality of the translation. You can read the original of this article in Russian here, and ask questions on the topic of our travel forum in English here.

In Malaysia, if desired, you can count several dozen places to stay, but if we talk about popular and well-accessible resorts for foreigners, there are not very many such places. Below is a list and a brief description of the resorts of Malaysia, so that you can quickly decide on the right place to stay, and then study the guidebooks. Also below is a table of seasons by resorts and a map of the country with the resorts marked on it.

Quick choice of where to go in Malaysia
Resort Beach 🌴 Diving and snorkeling Attractions 📷 City 🏢
Kuala Lumpur
Penang Island
Langkawi Island
Pangkor Island
Malacca
Tioman Island
Rava Island
Perchentians
Redang
Cameron mountains
Johor Bahru
Borneo island
Resort Beach 🌴 Diving and snorkeling Attractions 📷 City 🏢

And when you decide on a place, pick up tours to Malaysia and book them online, including with installment payment, you can use the following proven online search and booking services, or through the search form:

Map of Malaysia with resorts

See full screen map of Malaysia with resorts.

You can download ⤓ points of interest, important transport points (bus stations, airports, etc.), districts and beaches from our map in KMZ/KML format. These files can be downloaded to the navigator or smartphone for use with offline or online Google Maps applications, Maps.me and others that support this format, and use them to navigate and explore resorts.

☞ Показать карту
Легенда / показать ⏷

Tourist seasons in the resorts of Malaysia*

Resort/month Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov. Dec
Kuala Lumpur                        
Penang Island                        
Langkawi Island                        
Pangkor Island                        
Malacca                        
Tioman Island                        
Rava Island                        
Perchentians                        
Redang                        
Cameron mountains                        
Johor Bahru                        

*best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit

Kuala Lumpur / Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers in KL

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and the main gateway to the country. Rather, the main gateway to the country – Kuala Lumpur airport-is located near the city, and most tourists arrive in Malaysia at this airport and continue on, sometimes even without looking into the capital. But in vain!

Kuala Lumpur is a modern developed city that has simultaneously preserved the identity of ethnic communities, each of which lives mainly in its own areas. The modern architecture of the city is known all over the world for the world's tallest twin towers "Petronas" and many other skyscrapers. In the city you can also get acquainted with a large number of historical and cultural attractions, have fun in modern entertainment complexes and go shopping in numerous shopping centers. At the same time, the city has preserved its historical identity: ultramodern high-rises made of glass and concrete side by side with Chinese temples and open restaurants of local cuisine. Every year, one of the stages of the Formula 1 World Championship-the Malaysian Grand Prix - takes place near the city.

Tourists visit KL mainly as an addition to the main holiday in the resorts of Malaysia, stopping here for a day or two to look at the great Petronas Towers, will visit Batu Caves, buy souvenirs and cheap counterfeit products. Two days to get acquainted with the main attractions of Kuala Lumpur, by and large, enough, and stay here for more than 2 days, perhaps really not worth it, unless you want to get acquainted with the life of the city in more detail.

Do not count on a beach holiday in Kuala Lumpur: the capital lies 35 kilometers from the West Coast.

Weather, tourist seasons: The tourist season for staying in Kuala Lumpur does not matter much: you will not find a beach holiday here anyway, and short-term rains will not interfere with acquaintance with the city. You can go here at any time of the year, but the Doge season falls on April, May and October.

Detailed tourist information about Kuala Lumpur, see here...

Penang Island

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Penang Island (Pulau Penang, also Penang) is an island and state in Malaysia on the west coast of the western (mainland) part of the country in the Andaman Sea. The island is located a few kilometers from the mainland coast and is connected to it by a bridge.

On the island is the city of George Town, which is the capital of the state and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008, due to its many architectural monuments. In general, many tourists compare the island with the city: most of the territory of the island is developed and built up, covered with a network of roads with quite heavy traffic.

Rest in Penang is, first of all, acquaintance with cultural and historical sights, shopping, excursions and entertainment. Life in Penang is lively, constantly in motion, like in a big city: there are nightclubs and other entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping centers, souvenir shops and night markets.

As for beach holidays, it is focused on Penang only in certain resort areas of the island. Most of the island's embankments outside the resort areas are muddy, with roads and skyscrapers closely adjacent to them. This is a" port-trade-excursion " Island, and you should not go here only for a beach holiday. But there are good hotels and lots of budget accommodation, a variety of restaurants, beautiful temples, parks and gardens.

Weather, tourist seasons: The tourist season in Penang lasts all year round, but low and high season stand out. Usually the least tourists come to Penang in the period from September to November, during the rainy season. The highest season starts in late December and ends after Chinese New Year, usually in late January to mid-February.

Detailed tourist information about the island of Penang, see here...

Langkawi Island

Eagle Square

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Pulau Langkawi is the largest of the 99 islands of the archipelago of the same name in the Andaman Sea in northern Malaysia. The island is on the border of Malaysia and Thailand and located at a distance of 30 kilometers from the mainland. The maximum length of the island is 30 kilometers. The capital of the island and the largest city on the island is Kuah. Of the 99 islands of the archipelago, only 4 of the largest are inhabited.

When tourists talk about Langkawi, most often it means Langkawi Island, and not the archipelago. It is the most popular island resort on the west coast of mainland Malaysia, far ahead of its only popular rival – the island of Penang.

Holidays in Langkawi are primarily beach holidays. The beaches, both on the island of Langkawi and on the neighboring small islands of the archipelago, are very clean and cozy. Among all the beaches there are quite a lot of secluded, almost wild beaches, and at the same time sufficiently equipped for a comfortable stay away from civilization. Having settled next to such a beach in a bungalow, for a while you can become the owner of your own beach, or even a small uninhabited island. If you want active entertainment, shopping, delicious food, then this is enough in Langkawi. You will not be bored by idleness, unless you want it yourself. At your choice, you can visit the cable car, aquarium, crocodile farm, African buffalo farm and fruit plantation, water sports (entertainment). You will not find any outstanding historical or cultural attractions in Langkawi, but there are many natural and natural attractions, including many waterfalls, caves, unusual beaches with black sand and bathing monkeys.

And another small but very significant gift to the guests of the island is that the whole island is a duty-free zone. Accordingly, prices for many goods, including very expensive alcohol in Malaysia, are low here.

Weather, tourist seasons: The island of Langkawi is located in the equatorial climate zone and throughout the year it is hot and sunny. The best time to visit Langkawi is from November to April. The rainy season and low season lasts on Langkawi from September to November, but this does not mean that you should not refuse to travel to the island at this time. In the season, many days in a row may not fall a drop. And even if the rain catches you, it usually ends very quickly.

Detailed tourist information about the island of Langkawi, see here...

Pangkor Island

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Pangkor (Pangkor, Pulau Pangkor) is an island off the west coast of Malaysia, located about 200 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean (Strait of Malacca). Pangkor Island belongs to the state of Perak. The island is located only 2 kilometers from the mainland and is connected to them by a high-speed ferry. There is also a small airport here, but currently there are no regular flights to it.

In size, this is a relatively small island with an area of only 8 square kilometers. Its length from North to South is 9 kilometers, and the maximum width is 3 and a half kilometers. But, despite its small size compared to other popular tourist islands of Malaysia, it is no less popular among tourists.

The charm of visiting this island for tourists is the untouched beauty of the wild nature and the life of local residents unspoiled by crowds of tourists. Most of the island is occupied by dense tropical jungle, and only along the shores are scattered small fishing villages with wooden huts.

Going to Pangkor you will be left alone with yourself, nature and the cleanest and most beautiful beaches along the west coast of Malaysia, and you can also get acquainted with the way of life of the local population, which has preserved its identity.

Weather and tourist seasons:Pangkor Island is located in the equatorial climate zone and is hot all year round. The rainy season lasts from November to February, and this time is not very popular to visit, although it is not contraindicated. The rest of the year is great for relaxing.

Detailed tourist information about Pangkor Island, see here...

Malacca / Malacca

Church of Christ in Malacca at night

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Malacca (also Melacca, English Malacca, Malay. Melaka) - the capital city of the state of Malacca on the west coast of the mainland (Malak peninsula) of Malaysia, 120 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur. Most of the city's population has Chinese roots. Descendants of European colonizers from mixed marriages also live here. The population of the city in 2010 numbered more than 483 thousand people.

Once Malacca was the first capital of Malaysia, and was so until the Portuguese landed here in 1511. Then Malacca was taken by the Portuguese fleet under the command of Albuquerque. In 1641, the Dutch took possession of Malacca, and in 1795 they were replaced by the British.

Due to its rich history, Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in mainland Malaysia and is considered the cultural center of the country. And in 2008, the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is quite reasonable to compare Malacca with Russian St. Petersburg. But, unfortunately, Russian tourists, most often preferring beach holidays and night entertainment, this city is visited very rarely.

Most of the attractions of the city are located nearby, which allows you to get acquainted with the city in one day. The city is very interesting for its historical sights and everything here is permeated with historical events of different periods. The nightlife is not forgotten in the city. There are nightclubs, bars, and excellent restaurants. You should not count on a beach holiday in Malacca – this is a port city.

The infrastructure for tourists looking for cultural sightseeing holidays is at a high level here. Hotels in Malacca are of different levels: you can find very budget accommodation or stay in luxury apartments for very reasonable money.

Detailed tourist information about Malacca, see here...

Tioman Island

Sunset on Tioman

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Tioman (Tioman, Pulau Tioman) is a small island off the east coast of the Malacca Peninsula (Malaysia). The island measures 20 by 12 kilometers and is located at a distance of 40 kilometers from the mainland.

Tourists who have visited Tioman speak about the island in few words: "Paradise!". The island is a nature reserve, and the untouched nature on it is carefully preserved (to get to the island, you even need to pay a small fee of 5 ringgit to the reserve fund). It is one of the ten cleanest and most beautiful islands in the world. The island has many "ideal" virgin beaches, clear mountain rivers and waterfalls. There are no parties and nightlife, and time passes slowly.

Tourists, first of all, go here to go diving and admire the beauty of nature. All year round, diving enthusiasts from all over the world come here to swim with whale sharks and observe underwater life that can not be seen anywhere else in the world. You can even safely say that Tioman is a real paradise for divers. Visibility under water reaches 35 meters, which allows snorkeling, and the water temperature all year round does not fall below 29 degrees. The island is surrounded by a ring of coral reefs and amazes with the diversity and beauty of underwater life. Scattered around Tioman are several other small islands, some of which are not at all explored by tourists, and you have a chance to become a "discoverer".

The infrastructure on the island is not developed, but there is everything you need for recreation. Of the 7 villages on the island, not even all have electricity, and only one has an asphalt road-from the airport to the Berjaya Hotel. Some hotels on the island can only be reached by water.

An excellent gift to the guests of the island was made by the Malaysian government, including the island in the number of duty-free islands. In duty-free shops on the island, you can buy alcohol and cigarettes at very low prices, which is very nice, given that in Malaysia, due to high duties, alcohol and cigarettes are very expensive.

The island is very rarely visited by Russian tourists. Nevertheless, not only independent travelers, but also ordinary tourists can afford to visit it: there are package tours to Tioman Island, the cost of which is quite reasonable.

Detailed tourist information about Tioman see here...

Rawa Island

View of the bungalow at Rawa Safaris Resort

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Rava Island is a small tropical island in Malaysia, part of the Seri Buat archipelago, located 16 kilometers off the east coast of mainland Malaysia (Malacca Peninsula) and near Tioman Island.

Entertainment on the island except for beach and sea (snorkeling, beach volleyball, windsurfing, sailing, fishing) is practically no, historical or cultural attractions too. Once here, you will be like on a desert island. At your disposal will be your room or bungalow on the shore, almost your own beach and a whole island with a jungle, where you can go hiking to get acquainted with its nature. In general, this is an ideal place for a quiet and secluded holiday away from civilization.

Detailed tourist information about the island of Rava, see here...

Perhentiany / Perhentian Islands

Perchentians

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Perentian Islands, also Perentian, Perentian) is an archipelago of volcanic origin located in the territorial waters of Malaysia in the Gulf of Thailand of the South China Sea, near the border with Thailand (Perkhentiany on the map of Malaysia). The distance from the mainland coast of the Malacca Peninsula is only ten nautical miles (19 kilometers). Administratively, they belong to the state of Trengganu in the Confederation of West Malaysia and are subordinate to the hereditary monarch. The composition of the population is homogeneous – more than 90% are Malaysians, the remaining fraction is distributed among Chinese, Indians and Thais. The population is predominantly Sunni Muslims.

The archipelago includes two relatively large islands of Persian-Kecil " small "(Pulau Persian Kecil), Persian-Besar" big " (Persian Besar) and a scattering of conditionally inhabited satellites: Susu Dara Kecil, Rava, Terumbu Tiga, Susu Dara Besar, Togong Laut, Serenggeh and others. A significant part of the islands is covered with dense tropical vegetation, and their relief is dominated by rocky plateaus. The coastline alternates sandy beaches in open bays with basalt rock headlands and pointed reefs.

The main islands of Perhentian abound with Bounty-quality beaches with gentle entrances to the sea, cleared of coral debris. Almost every equipped stretch of sandy beach is accompanied by a picturesque coral reef. In addition, there are many private beaches with catchy names (romance, turtle and others), which can be reached by water taxi.

But not only beach holidays are attractive archipelago. This is one of the best places in Malaysia for diving and snorkeling. The underwater world of the National Reserve is unusually rich: turtles, whale sharks, clownfish, Barracudas, stingrays, parrot fish-this is not a complete list of sea creatures that you can meet in local waters.

Developed tourist infrastructure is available only on two islands of the archipelago-big Besar and small Kecil. Kecil is inferior in elitism of Service and is suitable for tourists who are not inclined to lay out substantial sums for goodies and fine dishes in restaurants, while Besar is more expensive with the corresponding hotels. On the rest of the islands, tourists usually do not live and visit them during boat trips or are involved in active recreation programs.

Detailed tourist information about Perhentians can be found here...

Redang / Redang Island

Redang Island, Malaysia

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Redang (Redang Island) is an island off the east coast of Malaysia in the South China Sea, 45 km from Kuala Terengganu (Redang on the interactive map of Malaysia). It is the largest (42 km2) in the eponymous archipelago of 9 islands, which also includes the islands of Lima, Paku Besar, Paku Kecil, Kerengga Besar, Kerengga Kecil, Ekor Tebu, Ling and Penang. All of them are part of Redang Marine Park National Park.

Redang is a beautiful island resort with wildlife. Even the airport and hotels do not interfere with the impression that it is "on the edge of the Earth." People come here to sunbathe on the clean sands of the beaches and swim in the azure sea. This place is suitable for both relaxation and outdoor activities. At the same time, Redang is not a place for economical tourists: instead of campsites and guest houses, there are quiet but expensive hotels Taaras, Redang Kalong, Amannagappa, Mutiara with Teluk dalam, Teluk Kalong beaches, etc.

In addition to relaxing on the wonderful beaches, Redang offers guests a lot of entertainment, but also from the category not for backpackers: diving, boat trips, fishing, etc.

There is no abundance of restaurants and inexpensive cafes, and you will have to eat only in hotel restaurants. Nightlife on the island is reduced to gatherings in hotel restaurants, at best with karaoke. If you want to have fun, you will have to make your party on the beach.

Detailed tourist information about Redang can be found here...

Cameron highlands

Tea plantations in the Cameron mountains

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Cameron highlands (also Cameron mountains (or Cameron Mountains) is a famous tourist route in Malaysia. Connoisseurs of exotic holidays often come to this paradise.

For Russians, this resort is a real unexplored exotic territory. Perhaps, as in most cases, this is due to the lack of beach holidays in this place. And there are no special bright sights here. Nevertheless, this place is worthy of attention and visiting, and the mountains consistently hold the lead among other Malaysian resorts in terms of the number of visitors..

Cameron Highlands consists of a number of settlements, the most famous of which is the city of Tana rata. The rapid development of tourist services, which has swept Malaysia in recent decades, has provided it with a European-level infrastructure. This Malaysian region is no exception.

Cameron Highlands is popular with both outdoor enthusiasts and travelers who prefer secluded, peaceful places. The main entertainment for tourists is eco-tourism. From local hotels, a lot of trekking tours are organized both for the day and serious hikes for several days with all the equipment. It is home to rare representatives of fauna and flora, including endangered species. Incredibly beautiful tropical forests, densely covering these lands. Here bloom delightful rhododendrons, orchids. In the local forests there are Gibbons. The Cameron Highlands region is distinguished by unsurpassed ecological cleanliness, which adds to its popularity among holidaymakers. And there are a lot of them here. Travelers are allowed to move along strictly established routes, so the protected area is kept in order, without experiencing special stress.

The local climate, despite the tropical latitudes, is quite familiar to Europeans – the influence of the Highlands affects. In the morning it is quite fresh, and by lunch the air warms up. Do not forget about warm things, because the mountains are unpredictable.

Detailed tourist information about the Cameron Mountains, see here...

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru

- beach holidays
- attractions and excursions
- entertainment and night rest
- shopping
- affordable
- transport accessibility

Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru, often pronounced J. B. or JB) is a major city and the capital of Johor state in southern mainland Malaysia. It is the main transit point from Malaysia to Singapore, as there are bridges connecting the mainland with the island of Singapore. It is the second largest city in the country (population more than one and a half million people), second only to Kuala Lumpur.

Interestingly, Johor Bahru became a city only in 1993, after which it developed very rapidly. The name Johor comes from the Arabic word for "gemstone".

Johor Bahru is one of the most developed and modern cities in Malaysia. It is very visited by tourists, primarily due to the fact that it is the main gateway to Singapore from the mainland. Tourists from Malaysia and Thailand, rushing to Singapore by land, certainly pass through the city. The same city serves as the main gateway to Malaysia's eastern resort of Desaru.

Although the city is not a popular resort, it is filled with a lot of interesting and entertaining places. Moreover, it is not so much the city itself that is interesting as the state of Johor, where many attractions and resort areas are scattered. At the same time, the city acts as a base for their inspection. Among the activities and excursions that can be obtained here: trekking to the Endau-Rompina National Park, diving on the Sibu Islands, an excursion to Gunung Ledang Park, a beach holiday at Lido Beach in Danga resort, a trip along the Lebam River to the colonies of fireflies and much more. The Legoland theme park also opened here.

In addition to attractions, the city is popular as a shopping destination, especially for Singapore residents. They constantly go to Johor for inexpensive purchases, because in Singapore itself prices are very high. You can shop both in modern shopping centers and in numerous markets.

Detailed tourist information about Johor Bahru see here...

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 5 Nov, 2021
Dear friends! You can ask questions in English in this topic.r>For more comfortable work on the forum, you can switch the interface language to English in your personal account. Go to “Личный Раздел/Личные настройки/Язык” and switch the language. ...