Malaysia

Malaysia offers something for everyone without the loud and crowded hustle and bustle of an overdeveloped nation. Here, you enjoy pristine rainforests and marine parks, holiday on postcard-perfect beaches, take in the culture of its small towns, shop for inexpensive handicrafts, and eat some of the most flavorful food in Southeast Asia.

GREAT FOR

Beaches, shopping, food, culture

WHEN TO GO

Primarily tropical, it remains hot and humid throughout the year, with the best months May to September. Rains are heaviest from October to November and from April to May on the West Coast and from November to January on the east coast, including Sabah and Sarawak.

Strait Malacca Magic

A new boutique hotel brings fresh life to the seafront in cooler-by-the-day Penang.

These Five-star kids’ activities in Langkawi’s UNESCO wilderness are next-level

In the tropical wilderness of Langkawi, on the fringe of Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark, an evolved breed of kids’ club is burying its peers in the sandpit.

This Hidden Sabah beach Is a Diver’s Paradise

A little-known north Borneo beach is Sabah’s best alternative diving spot, writes Marco Ferrarese, who asks that you keep Mengkabar Bay to yourself—and don’t disturb the tarsiers.

This Hotel Is Helping Save Langkawi’s Sea Cucumber Population

Faced with a rapidly dwindling gamat, or sea cucumber, population, The Andaman Hotel in Langkawi takes the lead to regenerate them.

This Might Be Penang’s Most Creative Accommodation

In George Town, there’s a meal of a different sort at Hikayat, a sleek one-stop-shop for literature, creativity and Penang’s latest, most artsy accommodation.

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

No expense is spared at this sky-high five-star just a few steps away from the Petronas Towers.

Test the Waters

The Datai Langkawi has reopened after an extensive renovation and the astute realization that the modern traveler’s greatest luxury is learning to commune with nature. On a wellness sojourn, Jeninne Lee-St. John finds the best of intentions under the rainforest canopy.

These Are Our Favorite Business Hotels Around Asia

Traveling on the job doesn’t have to be boxy and boring. These upscale hotels do the hard work for you, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings.

A New Era in Kuala Lumpur

As Malaysia goes through a political shake-up, the capital is rippling with change. With an influx of luxury hotels and experimental, proudly Malaysian restaurants, plus a community of small bars adding cool spots to spend the night, Eloise Basuki finds it is now worth lingering in Kuala Lumpur.

3 After Dark Gems in Kuala Lumpur

From snazzy cabaret clubs to street vendor-dessert inspired cocktails, Mark Lean trains his beer (or margarita) goggles on Kuala Lumpur’s evolving bar scene.

The Danna Langkawi

Situated on Telaga Harbour, close (but not too close) to the island’s international airport, The Danna Langkawi is an intimate oasis with just eight individually designed suites.

The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa

Unbridled, gorgeous vistas define The Westin Langkawi, an elegant, low-rise resort perched on a bay fringed with white sand, a location that overlooks forest-clad isles jutting out of the Andaman Sea.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Set on Tanjung Rhu, one of the island’s best beaches, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi combines indigenous architecture with gracious service in a resort experience unmatched in Malaysia.