Destination guide

Choosing your place in vast Malaysia

Mystical, majestic Malaysia straddles 2 huge landmasses in Southeast Asia. There's West Malaysia, clutching the Malay Peninsula, from soy-sizzling, Chinese-infused Penang, through misty Taman Negara – the oldest rainforest in the world, some say – to enchanting Malacca and its colonial treasures. And then there's East Malaysia, a place of primeval jungles and orangutans, ancient volcanos and deep caves. Malaysia vacation rentals pepper the whole lot, offering city breaks in buzzing Kuala Lumpur, along with tropical expeditions to beaches and rainforests alike.

Things to do

Malaysia's a living, breathing culture museum

Culturally, Malaysia is a fabric woven from many threads. Up in Penang, you can delve into UNESCO-tagged George Town and find yourself lost between Chinese temples and Indian cookhouses. Malacca is another living museum – it's laden with gorgeous Dutch and British colonial buildings, and has an amazing Maritime Museum that helps unravel the importance of the Malacca Strait. Those with Malaysia vacation rentals in Kuala Lumpur can look forward to cocktails in soaring sky bars and spiritual journeys to Hindu shrines at the Batu Caves.


Malaysia is adventure awaiting

Malaysia is a land where adventure is almost as easy to find as a swinging monkey. Be sure to pack the trekking boots because you could soon find yourself hiking boardwalk trails through primeval rainforests in the company of macaques and tapirs. The swimming gear is a must, too – snorkeling reefs and mind-blowing scuba spots pepper the coast from Borneo to the Perhentian Islands. And that's not even mentioning the cultural adventures, whether a Malay cooking class – try the peanut satay – or a walking tour of Malacca's red-painted colonial blocks.


Malaysia's hodgepodge of seasons

There are no hard and fast rules about the best time to visit Malaysia. That's because there are various wet and dry seasons that affect different parts of the country at different times of the year. Generally speaking, you'll want to avoid the rains. They hit East Malaysia between November and March and pass across the west coast between April and October. Hot, humid temperatures dominate all seasons – and it's always possible to have a blast in the city, if you've booked Malaysia vacation rentals in Kuala Lumpur.

Natural features

Malaysia is tropical to the T

Malaysia runs down towards the equator from the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. It's half peninsula, half island, home to great lengths of sandy beaches where coconut palms sway and coral reefs hide under the swells. Inland, world-famous national parks, like Gunung Mulu and Taman Negara, host some of the world's oldest rainforest. You can delve into those old-growth pockets to discover an amazing biodiversity. Orangutans and tapirs, snakes and stalking Malay tigers, pangolins and lemurs – there's loads to see on a Malaysia safari.

Can I find a vacation rental around Malaysia?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,881 vacation rentals near Malaysia. From 51 Villas to 454 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Malaysia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Malaysia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Malaysia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kuala Lumpur: 1,349 vacation rentals
  • Penang: 385 vacation rentals
  • Ipoh: 181 vacation rentals
  • Johor Bahru: 265 vacation rentals
  • Kota Kinabalu: 88 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Malaysia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Malaysia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Malaysia:

  • Kuala Lumpur: 1,349 rentals
  • Ipoh: 181 rentals
  • Johor Bahru: 265 rentals
  • Kota Kinabalu: 88 rentals
  • Genting Highlands Theme Park: 33 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Malaysia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Malaysia are:

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL): 151 vacation rentals
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI): 85 vacation rentals
  • Sultan Ismail Airport (JHB): 261 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Malaysia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Malaysia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pantai Cenang Beach: 215 rentals
  • Sabah State Museum: 87 rentals
  • KLCC Park: 1,383 rentals
  • Langkawi Beach: 215 rentals
  • Suria KLCC Shopping Centre: 1,387 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Malaysia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
1,349 vacation rentals
181 vacation rentals
Johor Bahru
265 vacation rentals
Kota Kinabalu
88 vacation rentals
Genting Highlands Theme Park
33 vacation rentals
Port Dickson
43 vacation rentals
George Town
379 vacation rentals
21 vacation rentals
Petaling Jaya
1,261 vacation rentals
Shah Alam
1,102 vacation rentals
Tanjung Bungah
362 vacation rentals
285 vacation rentals
Malacca City
140 vacation rentals
230 vacation rentals
Subang Jaya
1,182 vacation rentals
Batu Feringghi
354 vacation rentals
Ampang Jaya
973 vacation rentals
Bukit Mertajam
70 vacation rentals
254 vacation rentals
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