Malaysia family holidays

Family holidays in Malaysia open up a wealth of relaxed, flexible and engaging adventures for all ages - perfect for families stepping into Asia for the first time.

Soak up the energy of Kuala Lumpur’s urban hub, and let kids’ imaginations run wild in Penang’s historic streets. Take time out on Langkawi’s blissful beaches, go forest exploring in the calming Cameron Highlands, and get closer to wildlife at Taman Negara National Park.

Our tailored Malaysia family holidays are finely tuned to fit your family, so you can experience the depths of this diverse country at your own pace

Highlights of a family holiday in Malaysia

  • Look over Kuala Lumpur’s neon skyline from the Petronas Towers sky bridge.

  • Discover vibrant sea life while snorkelling around picture-perfect east coast islands.

  • Surround yourself with fluttering wings at Penang’s butterfly park.

  • Cycle through fragrant fruit and spice plantations in Balik Pulau.

  • Marvel at scampering macaques and a giant golden Buddha outside the Batu Caves.

  • Explore the rainforest after dark with a guided night safari through Taman Negara NP.

  • Glide high above the green slopes of Langkawi’s Mount Machinchang in a cable car.

With a UK based team of Destination Specialists with offices and partners across Asia, ensuring we focus on staying really local in our approach.  Our specialists have travelled extensively in Malaysia and throughout Asia, many having also lived in the region.

Along with enjoying great travels, the team regularly inspect the best hotels, seek out new activities and design new routes – for inspiration we’d suggest taking a look through some of their Favourite Journeys. The weather during any of the kids holiday dates is always an important consideration and we have that covered with our best time to visit Malaysia section.

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Malaysia with your kids - what to expect

Malaysia’s family-friendly culture shines through in every encounter. There’s always a festival brewing somewhere, you’re never too far from city convenience or beach bliss, and journeys between stopovers are often only a child-friendly 4 hours or less. You can see a lot of the country in one trip, and left-hand drive makes self-drive a great option for added family flexibility.

Cosmopolitan capital Kuala Lumpur has hundreds of places for families to eat, play and relax, from superhero-themed cafes (Batman burger, anyone?!) to theme parks and interactive adventures. Get back to nature at FRIM ecological research gardens, and watch little eyes widen at the views from the Petronas or KL Towers, or even from a Cessna!

Penang is a refreshing counterpoint to the buzz of KL. Explore the historic architecture of George Town’s UNESCO-listed streets, ramble through Fort Cornwallis, ride the funicular railway, and experience nature’s magic at a butterfly farm. For young history buffs, heading south to Malacca is a must - fascinating temples, higgledy-piggledy houses and plenty of comforting nyonya food to fuel your expeditions.

The lush green landscapes of the Cameron Highlands are perfect for letting the kids run off steam as you hike between tea plantations, pausing for picnics and waterfall wanders. Taman Negara National Park’s ancient rainforests bring you closer to Malaysia’s wildlife. Set out on riverboat cruises and jungle treks in search of elephants, monkeys, giant squirrels and colourful hornbills, and get in amongst the treetops on the adrenaline-inducing canopy walkway. 

Malaysia’s beaches are all about unwinding without worries, with plenty of all-inclusive resorts for hassle-free family relaxation. Kick back in style on the east coast at the Tanjong Jara Resort for snorkelling, swimming, hands-on cooking classes and beach games; learn to dive around Redang Island; or enjoy some west coast winter sun on a serene Langkawi shore.

Things you’ll all love in Malaysia

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scenic flight over Kuala Lumpur

Soar above Kuala Lumpur in the passenger seat of a Cessna plane

Kuala Lumpur is a city known for its impressive skyline, with commanding views enjoyed from various high-rise hotels and of course the viewing deck on the Petronas Towers. Impressive as they are, nothing compares to the vantage offered from the window of a Cessna. The hour long flight offers a true sense of scale and a thrilling ride to boot. 

cooking class in Penang

A hands-on cooking experience

Food is a driving force behind many families' decision to visit Malaysia and rightly so, the diversity of the cuisine is unmatched by any other country we know of. And, with Penang recognised by most as Malaysia's stomach, what better place to learn a few classic dishes. 


Make time for Malacca

Many families visiting Malaysia focus their planning on diving their time between KL and their chosen beach, perhaps having never even heard of Malacca. For us this is a massive oversight. Whether as a first stop, offering a more gentle introduction to the the country than is realistic on the bustling streets of KL, or during a more complete touring holiday; Malacca for many is the missing piece of the jigsaw

Sleepy cat

Head to the heart of the Taman Negara National Park where you'll stay at the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort where you'll indulge your more adventurous side, and have the opportunity to spend the night in a wildlife observation high up in a tree while waiting for a tapir, bear, tiger or elephant.


Our Malaysia Specialists' top tips for families

With quite a few parents among our well-travelled Destination Specialists, we know how important it is to get the finer details sorted before travelling with kids, and we always go the extra mile to make sure they are. We want everyone to enjoy each moment without sweating the small stuff.

If you have any questions, or want to have a chat about planning your family holiday to Malaysia, we'd love to have a chat. In the meantime, here are a few FAQs to help you get started…

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