Is Malaysia South-East Asia’s best halal travel destination?

Malaysia, with its diversity of different sights, foods, cultures, and activities, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in southeast Asia.

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Malaysia, with its diversity of different sights, foods, cultures, and activities, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in southeast Asia.

The diverse country of Malaysia features many highlights for all types of travellers and especially Muslim travellers. From the rugged mountains that dramatically reach for the sky, to the rainforest-clad slopes that sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life, it’s here you’ll discover an adventure you’ll never want to end. The best part? It’s halal friendly in so many ways, from the ease of access to halal dining options, private pool villas at five star resorts, and an array of wonderfully designed mosques to visit.

There are only a few places in the world that tick all the boxes, however, Malaysia is definitely one of them. Bordering Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia, Malaysia’s superb location shouldn’t be missed when exploring Southeast Asia. With a thriving culture of diversity you can explore modern cities, colonial architecture, some of the most beautiful beaches this world owns, and luscious green jungles. All these amazing landscapes will leave you taken away, just as the warm and friendly welcomes of the locals will put a smile on your face.

Malaysia + Food = Halal dining delights! Whether it be the local street food or fine dining, Malaysian cuisine has been influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Indian backgrounds, so you’ll know your dining experience will be more than just your average ‘eat out’ treat.

Despite becoming a popular tourist destination, Malaysia is not as populous as other destinations such as Thailand and Bali, which are almost always covered with tourists. Because of this, travellers exploring Malaysia will enjoy lower levels of crowds, especially in Langkawi and Borneo. Getting around Malaysia is nice and easy, with many tourists using the public bus systems, trains, and road journeys. Although low cost air travel is booming in South East Asia, we do recommend considering alternative travel methods if you can. Air travel on short routes are vast contributors to carbon emissions, so a conscious thought can go a long way to preserving our world.


The lively capital of Kuala Lumpur provides you with your typical city escape plus so much more. Rich in architecture, food, shopping outlets, and beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, it’s here you can enjoy discovering the city, its famous landmarks like the Petronas Towers, and unlimited shopping. You can also visit places such as Chinatown, the Batu Caves, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, and so much more while in KL. Our top tip is to head to the Botanical Gardens for a leisurely walk before heading to the wonderful St. Regis for afternoon tea!


Often referred to as KK, Kota Kinabalu is a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. Being the gateway to Kinabalu National Park, the home of the 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu is the perfect route for those looking for an adventure. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting Mount Kinabalu Park Botanical Garden, taking part in the Klias River Cruise, and visiting cultural villages.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is another popular destination consisting of clusters of islands, all which offer a selection of fun packed activities. Snorkelling and diving are the most popular activities to do while in Kota Kinabalu, as the surrounding oceans provide crystal clear waters and beautiful diving spots.


Being one of the largest islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Redang Island is famous for its sugary white beaches and perfectly clear waters. If you do visit Redang Island, make sure you don’t miss out on the sunsets and sunrise. The views are absolutely amazing! Various island treks are also available and make the perfect afternoon activity, while snorkelling is the best way to appreciate the islands waters. If you’re looking for a more relaxed day out, simply lounge around on the beach! The beach alone is a good enough reason to visit Redang Island.


Nestled on the shores of the Andaman Sea, surrounded by rainforest and beautiful nature, you’ll find the island of Langkawi.  As far as holiday destinations, Langkawi is perfect for Muslim travellers looking to unwind and get away from their busy and hectic lives, and instead explore nature and the surroundings of this beautiful part of Malaysia.

Just 20km away from most of the resorts you’ll find the Langkawi Cable Car and the Langkawi Sky Bridge, two awesome activities to enjoy during your stay that will give you breath-taking scenic views of the island below. Head on an island hopping trip and sample some traditional Malay food at Cenang Beach.

One our top recommendations is The Andaman Resort, with chic modern rooms. Each room also comes with a flat screen TV, sofa and balcony, while upgraded rooms have additional espresso machines, and a garden or sea view.  Your stay at Andaman Resort includes a delicious halal breakfast every morning, while four restaurants serve different cuisines and spectacular Malay dishes. The resort is great for kids too and they can learn all about the local eco-system at the in-house Turtle Research Centre.

Malaysia, with its diversity of different sights, foods, cultures, and activities, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in southeast Asia. For Muslims especially, knowing that there will be the safety and comfort of so many halal options, Malaysia is an obvious choice for the perfect travel destination.



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