Gap Years and Backpacking in Malaysia

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Short Gaps in Malaysia
Quick trips to make the most if you're short on time!
Work with Animals
Help protect Malaysia's amazing wildlife
Conservation Projects
Volunteer on these projects to make a difference
Around the World Tickets
Our best flight deals to and via Malaysia
A Guide to Malaysia
Our advice on everything to do with Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the main gap year and backpacker destinations in South East Asia. It has brilliant beaches, unspoilt rainforests, loads of wildlife - as well as bustling cities and dozens of cultural attractions.

In a way there are two Malaysias - one on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and one more than 600 miles away across the South China Sea on the island of Borneo. Malaysia is an exotic melting pot, with indigenous Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences mixed together in a country that is part shiny modern and industrial and part developing nation.

Malaysia is a great place to travel. It's got all the amenities you could want, and most things work. But it's still a lot cheaper than Singapore and there's enough fascinating traditional culture and wilderness left to keep anyone happy. All-in-all, it’s a amazing gap year destination, so get your planning hat on!

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