Malaysia is my favourite destination to travel with kids which surprised me as I was not a big fan of Malaysia when I travelled to Malaysia alone. The people are so friendly and welcoming of children that it is hard not to warm up to this country. You can check out all our posts about Malaysia in our Malaysia travel blog.
It is easy to travel around Malaysia. Many signs are in English and many people speak English as well. We really had no dramas, whether we were catching a long distance bus or a taxi down the road. It is cheap (and more importantly, great value), there is a great cultural mix, lots of great food and there are many things to do in Malaysia with family.
The other big plus is that travel to Malaysia can also be surprisingly cheap, especially if you live somewhere that Air Asia flies! We regularly pick up the 8 hour flight from Melbourne – Kuala Lumpur for about AUD$250 return per person which is amazingly cheap. I have paid as little as AUD$99 each way.
Often it’s cheaper to buy two one way tickets if booking with Air Asia from Australia so this is worth a try too.
Travel within Malaysia can also be very cheap. Air Asia and other budget airlines often have sales and I have flown many places for only AUD$10 and we paid only $20 for the 4 of us to fly between Penang and Langkawi last year! Buses are also very good value and often a very high standard.
If you are wondering where to bring kids for a holiday in Malaysia, there are so many choices! We have visited Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Port Dickson and Kuching with kids. I have also visited Melaka, the Cameron Highlands, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan in the past. All are great destinations for a Malaysia family trip.
Everywhere has been great, but Kuala Lumpur is our pick for the best place for a family trip in Malaysia. We have just loved our stays here, partly because of staying in the fabulous Berjaya Times Square Hotel. It has great prices for apartments and has so many facilities as well as a massive shopping center underneath. Family travel really doesn’t get easier than this! It does highlight how much the right accommodation choice can affect everyone’s enjoyment.
We also love Penang – we spent 6 months here on and off throughout 2015 and fell in love! We have many articles about Penang which you can read in our Penang trip blog here.
You can read all our best Malaysia blog destination travel guides here:
We have travelled to many of the best places to visit in Malaysia with family including all the way over to Borneo. Many other destinations are also covered in our Malaysia trip blog. You can also find our travel Malaysia blog posts easily by clicking on the destinations on this map:
We love travelling in Malaysia with children and we have been many times – from our kids being 11 months old to the present. We loved spending an extended period of time here in 2015.
Malaysia is an easy country to travel with kids as the average person went out of their way to help us. I would feel horrible when old ladies would get out of their seats on buses for us, but that’s how much people would want us to be comfortable. There are also many attractions aimed at families.
The food is fabulous, and we had no problems finding something yummy, nutritious and good for all of us to eat. At hawker stands there wouldn’t be a high chair, but at other places there usually was.
Baby stuff is easy to find. Kuala Lumpur and Penang had plenty of nappies, baby food, formula etc. We used the pram a lot in Malaysia, although not every destination is stroller friendly. It was particularly useful at attractions aimed at families, like the aquarium and in shopping centers.
We unfortunately tried out a local doctor in Kuala Lumpur. He was great and the whole service was cheaper, easier and more professional than at home. We also had experience with doctors in Penang, including an obstetrician. It was all very positive.
As I said above, I would recommend all the cities we have been as places to visit in Malaysia for a family. Here are some spots I particularly recommend for a family trip in Malaysia…
If you are looking for the best places to stay in Malaysia, we can personally recommend the following best family resorts in Malaysia:
You can read more of our overall thoughts about Malaysia travel with kids on our Malaysia wrap up page. Enjoy our Malaysia travel blog.
You can see all our our best travel blog Malaysia articles below… You may also want to check out our guides to Singapore.
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