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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Malaysia?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 3,779 vacation rentals around Malaysia. From 2,840 condo and apartment rentals to 59 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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 Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kuala Lumpur: 1,859 vacation rentals
  • Bandaraya Georgetown: 406 vacation rentals
  • Titiwangsa: 796 vacation rentals
  • Segambut: 493 vacation rentals
  • Langkawi District: 232 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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: 1,859 rentals
  • Bandaraya Georgetown: 406 rentals
  • Langkawi District: 232 rentals
  • Johor Bahru: 411 rentals
  • Ipoh: 191 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): 201 vacation rentals
  • Langkawi International Airport (LGK): 232 vacation rentals
  • Subang-Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport (SZB): 1,910 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?

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

  • Evolve: 1,923 rentals
  • Petronas Twin Towers: 1,967 rentals
  • Sabah State Museum: 118 rentals
  • Kuala Lumpur Kampung Raja Uda KTM Komuter Station: 459 rentals
  • Port Dickson Ostrich Farm: 43 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Malaysia listed on Vrbo 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
1,859 vacation rentals
Bandaraya Georgetown
406 vacation rentals
Langkawi District
232 vacation rentals
Johor Bahru
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Kota Kinabalu
119 vacation rentals
George Town
410 vacation rentals
Shah Alam
1,352 vacation rentals
Seri Kembangan
1,793 vacation rentals
Petaling Jaya
1,779 vacation rentals
Subang Jaya
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Genting Highlands Theme Park
46 vacation rentals
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Malacca City
151 vacation rentals
Gelang Patah
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