Malaysia in January

November through February and Kuala Lumpur and Malacca are both hot and humid throughout, temperatures range from 22 °C to 32 °C (72-90 °F), though  with a tropical climate, slight showers occur almost daily. Around the start of the year, January or February, Chinese New Year gets into full swing with Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur in particular coming alive with red lanterns and fire crackers lighting up the city. It is also a time when Hindu and Tamil communities celebrate Thaipusam with the temples at the famed Batu Caves, just outside Kuala Lumpur attracting large crowds for the national holiday.

It is dry season in Western Malaysia, though there are still frequent, albeit brief, showers. The temperature on the island of Penang in the west remains uniform throughout the year between 24 and 32 °C (75-90 °F). January and February are the best time to visit the islands of Langkawi, with their golden beaches, crystal waters, palm trees, surreal rock formations and lush vegetation. Many choose to visit George Town, capital of Penang, an architectural gem of the first-order, containing one of the largest collections of pre-war buildings in Southeast Asia, and a Unesco world heritage site.

Unlike the west coast, this time is wet season on the East Coast (any time of year and Malaysia offers a place to avoid the heaviest rains), though as with most of the country the weather remains hot, between 24 and 32 °C (75-90 °F). The monsoons can make the water choppy for water sports, but it is the best time to view the nation’s many sea turtles, particularly off the coast of the island of Redang. The rains are a lot heavier on this side of the peninsula and rainfall can reach 600 mm in November, which can disrupt boat crossings, and some of the resorts close during these months, re-opening in March.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic Malaysian Borneo

Discover the best that Malaysia Borneo has to offer on this exciting 8-day adventure. You’ll start in the picturesque Kota Kinabalu and explore the foot of the volcano, followed by a cruise along the Kinabatangan River, continuing through the Danum Valley, passing hanging coffins, and on the lookout for proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and indigenous wildlife.

Interest Wildlife
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $13,900

Classic Peninsular Malaysia

Spend 10 days exploring peninsular Malaysia’s must-see destinations on this classic journey. You’ll tour the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur, enjoy fresh tea at a plantation in the Cameron Highlands, visit UNESCO-listed sites in Penang, and relax beachside in Langkawi, all while staying in luxury hotels.

Interest Diving
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,700

Beautiful Malaysia: From Coast to Highlands

Voyage between Malaysia’s west and east coast on this remarkable 10-day journey that stops at fascinating points. You’ll explore UNESCO-listed Georgetown, hike through lush tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, and take a boat cruise through Taman Negara National Park., all while staying in luxury hotels.

Interests Heritage, Romance
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,000

Colonial Singapore and Malaysia

Step into the rich colonial histories of Singapore and Malaysia on this fascinating 9-day luxury journey. You’ll stay at the iconic century-old Raffles Singapore, stroll down Jonker Street in Old Malacca, trek through the picturesque Cameron Highlands, and take a private tour of UNESCO-listed Georgetown.

Interests Unesco, Heritage
Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
From $6,400

Family Fun from Singapore to Langkawi

From the highlands and mountaintops to tropical rainforests and sandy shores, take the whole family on a 12-day trip through Singapore and Malaysia. Get a lesson in physics and chemistry in state-of-the-art city museums, entomology at Penang’s butterfly farm, ecology in Cameron Highland’s dense rainforests, pewtersmithing in Kuala Lumpur, and botany at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Travel through the diverse terrains of Singapore and Malaysia is an adventure brimming with exciting experiences and teaching moments for kids and parents alike.

Interest With Kids
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $6,400

From Singapore to Malaysia: A Culturally Revealing Experience

Experience for yourself the similarities and differences between sparkling Singapore and mesmerizing Malaysia. These two countries were once part of the same state, but in 1965, Singapore became independent. Nowadays, their cultural similarities make them friendly neighbors, while the juxtaposition of their vastly different landscapes...
Interests Heritage, Romance
Duration
14 days / 13 nights
Price Per Person
From $12,200

Singapore Getaways: Wildlife in Danum Valley

In Singapore for business, the Grand Prix, a wedding, reunion, or another event? While in the Lion City, take advantage of this major airline hub and turn your trip into a vacation with these quick and easy add-on getaways.

Leave the bustling city of Singapore behind for the wilds of Malaysian Borneo, a 2.5 hour flight away. This quick and easy 4-day getaway to Danum Valley will thrill wildlife seekers with its plethora of plants and lowland fauna.

Interest Wildlife
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,800

Wild Borneo: Kota Kinabalu to the Danum Valley

Make your way across Borneo’s wilds on this exciting 7-day luxury adventure. You’ll get close to baby orangutans, walk along the treetops in a canopy tour, cruise down jungle-lined rivers, noting the multitude of exotic plants and animals you spot along the way, and sleep in an award-winning eco-lodge. 

Interests Wildlife, Amazing Landscapes, National Parks
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,000

Cruising from Singapore to Malaysia

Move from the ultra-modern city-state of Singapore to the exotic tropical paradise of Tioman island in Malaysia on this 5-day luxury journey. You’ll enjoy a swim with a view in the infinity pool atop Marina Bay Sands, followed by a private yacht cruise to a remote Malaysian island, where you’ll fish, snorkel, and dine.

Interests Romance, Luxury Cruises
Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Per Person Per Day
Enquire for price.

Borneo's Lost World: The Magnificent Maliau Basin

Uncover Borneo’s wild and wonderful side on this 6-day luxury journey into its rainforest, far off the tourist trail. Your adventuring will consist of trekking to and camping in the incredible Maliau Basin, where you’ll be surrounded by exotic plants and animals, and sights of unimaginable natural beauty. 

Interests Trekking, Wildlife
Duration
6 days / 5 nights
Price Per Person
From $3,900

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