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Family Holiday Malaysia

Malaysia is a diverse country, with its unique traditions and striking landscape, and makes the perfect location for an adventurous family holidays.

Malaysia is a heady, exotic location with an abundance of beautiful blue skies green forestry and sparkling seas. It’s a charming yet unique land mass that’s split into two parts, East and West Malaysia, divided by the South China Sea. This country is rich in tradition and history, and the local culture remains true to its roots, with very little western influence in some parts. This is a fantastic place to enjoy a family holiday with a difference.

This country is gulfed in legend and folklore, and the local people, who are largely Hindu, still retain a strong belief in tales of lost cities, dragon queens and other mystical stories. The locals are famous for their craftsmanship, including the forging of the magical Kris daggers, and the making of ornate kites. Visitors are always welcome to watch the locals at work in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital city, or to buy some traditional gifts at one of the many street markets.

The Malaysian rainforest is reported to be the oldest in the world, with an abundance of exotic animals and insects living within its miles of treetops. It is also the location for some fantastic family oriented adventures, with the opportunity to spend time white water rafting on the Kiulu River, or eagle watching in the Langkawi Mangrove Forest.

Payar Island, which is just south of Langkawi Island, is a remote marine habitat and nature reserve. The whole family will enjoy a tour to visit this spectacular location and spend time viewing the beautiful corals and brightly coloured fish from the underwater viewing platform or by snorkeling in the blue waters. More details...

The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is undoubtedly a must see destination for the whole family and is a truly cultural experience. Enjoy the eclectic dining experiences, the sight of the Petronas Twin Towers, and the county’s National Museum. You could spend days here and never want to leave. There are plenty of child friendly activities, both indoors and out, including so you’ll never have to worry about the midday sun with young ones, and with fabulous hotels .

Penang is one of the Malaysian states that is definitely worth a visit. It is home to some of the most colourful cultures in Malaysia, and celebrates a different festival every few weeks. It is a delightful showcase of music, tradition and parades that will delight everyone. The Penang Art Museum in George Town is a great place for a few hours visit, and Queensbay Mall offers some of the best shopping in the country. Penang is also famous for its cuisine, and even the fussiest of eaters will find something they love here. More details

There are several National Parks in Malaysia that each offer some rich and wonderful wildlife to view. The Gunung Mulu Park is a vibrant arena of remarkable flora and fauna. It is home to several cave systems, bat watching opportunities and a rock formation known as the Pinnacles. The Kinabalu National Park in Borneo is the location of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Malaysia, and the Taman Negara National Park is the habitat of some rare Indochinese Tigers and Sumatran Rhinos. More details...

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Where to stay with kids in Malaysia

Malaysia is a perfect for a family holiday with its accommodating Malay people who just love children. The capital, Kuala Lumpur is a fun place to visit as a family. For rainforests and national parks, head to Langkawi or Borneo. To Ferringhi Beach in Penang, or the east coast of Langkawi, for the beaches. Langkawi is also popular for its luxurious hotels, whilst Penang is popular for its culture and food. The west coast of Borneo is a great place to get close to nature.

Recommended family friendly hotels and holidays in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpar

The Shangri –La which is located in the city centre, gets a big thumbs up, as nothing is ever too much trouble. The hotel features a beautiful pool and a childrens pool, which is a must for a dip after a long day in the hot city. The Horizon club rooms and suites provides breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails in the Horizon Club lounge, with an area designated for families The Horizon suites also benefit from having separate lounge area, which is handy when travelling with younger ones. More details...


luxury family hotelsThe Moorish Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers 5-star luxury with spacious pavilions situated within landscaped greenery, along the beautiful coast of Tanjong Rhu. This family-friendly hotel includes child-size bath robes, fresh juices delivered each morning, complimentary toys and funpacks plus a special children's menu. More details...

luxury family hotelsThe Andaman is the perfect tropical hideaway surrounded by breathtaking lush green forest and a private expanse of beach. Be pampered in the luxurious spa with a full range of treatments, or enjoy the array of water sports on offer. Children will be kept very busy at the kids club with fun activities including three legged races, origami and face painting. There’s also an 18-hole championship golf course close by should you fancy playing a few rounds. More details...

budget family hotelsBerjaya Langkawi Resort is a luxurious resort offering an outdoor pool, its own private beach and 5 dining options. The resort is nestled in the rainforest along Burau Bay and provides a childrens playground and babysitting services. Under 12s stay free of charge when sharing with adults. More details...

budget family hotelsIf you fancy something more intimate, stylish and romantic, then a warm welcome can be had at the Temple Tree Resort. Situated in colonial buildings, rooms at Temple Tree are spacious and suitable for a family, featuring wooden flooring and furnishings. This small resort provides a beautiful relaxing family holiday, in stunning grounds with two pools, and even some toys for them to play with and babysitting services. More details...

budget family hotelsThe neighbouring Bon Ton Resort is also an intimate family retreat, tucked away on a former coconut plantation.– truely an experience for life . Each guest accommodation is set in a restored antique wooden house, tastefully decorated in its own individual style and the food is divine.

These resorts may lack a beachfront, but makes up for in uniqueness and charm. The owners of both run an animal shelter for stray cats and dogs, where a percentage of proceeds from the resorts go towards the shelter. Due to this you will find several cats around looking for a cuddle and you can also get to take one of the dogs for a walk.


Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort is located along the sandy Batu Feringgi Beach. The contemporary guestrooms at Golden Sands Resort are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and DVD players, and the Hillview Family Rooms benefits from double bed, single bed and a sofa bed. Children will love the childrens pool area equipped with waterslide and the Adventure Zone, which features drop slides, and a game area. A Kids Club offers fun-filled activities for children between 4 and 12, including snake shows, t-shirt painting, golf putting, Nintendo Wii competitions, and much more. Babsysitters, Baby baths, strollers and potties are also available on request. Another benefit from staying at this hotel is that guests also get to use the facilities and restaurants at the neighbouring 5* Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.

Borneo - Sabah

Again, we have to recommend the Shangri-La, Rasa-Ria Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, families just love this hotel. It’s in a beautiful setting on a long stretch of beach surrounded by lush forests. The resort offers an 18-hole golf course, 3 swimming pools and spa, and 8 dining options. Children will enjoy the resort’s nature reserve, where they can walk the tree-top canopy walkway and see the wildlife and meet the orangutans. There is also a kids’ pool, kids club, banana boat rides, and horse riding. More details...

Its sister resort, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru has won multiple awards from top leisure magazines and offers 5-star luxury with world-class CHI Spa, a 9-hole golf course and 6 dining options. It’s located closer to the city centre and offers spacious accommodation, and cots, potties and baby equipment is all available. The kids will love the playground with its sand pit, ride on toys and swings. There is a Kids Club which is among the largest in Malaysia, with a creativity area for painting, crafting and other skills, a computer and TV room. Toddlers get their own padded area whilst parents get a coffee area in which to relax. More details...

Virgin Holidays and Kuoni Holidays have a selection of luxury holidays to Malaysia, including the Shangri-La Resorts.

Recommended eco – friendly family holidays in Malaysia

Camp in the jungle, snorkel in the Perhentian Islands, swim with sea turtles, sharks, rays and the amazing tropical fish. See a rare Asian elephant in the wild, and experience the sights and different cultures in Malaysia on an independent family holiday with responsible travel.

Travel with like minded families and individuals on a family trip to Borneo. Explore tropical forests, meet Iban tribes people and come face to face with turtles and orang-utans - a real adventure with responsible travel.

Destinations in Malaysia


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Langkawi is a collection of 99 different islands brought together to become one fantastic holiday destination within Malaysia. The area is literally surrounded by some of the best scuba diving opportunities, with fish and sealife brimming in the beautiful turquoise sea.

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Penang an island paradise in Malaysia is a holiday destination that has so much to offer; a haven for the sun seeker, a cultural hotspot for the intrigued and a place full of life and colour for those who are looking for a vibrant holiday.

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

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The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has been through some massive growth spurts over the last 150 years and has risen from a small village into one of the most popular Eastern tourist destinations.

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