School trips to Malaysia

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School trips to Malaysia offer students the opportunity to explore a fascinating multicultural and multiethnic country in Southeast Asia.

Malaysia is particularly popular among groups who want to enjoy a school expedition that allows their students to take part in some voluntary work to help local communities and wildlife.

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Why visit Malaysia?

Explore Malaysia’s megadiversity

Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries in the world and is estimated to be home to around 20% of the world’s animal species.

Many of our school groups choose to visit Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo on one of our Helping Hands school expeditions. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and boasts incredibly high levels of endemism.

Visiting Borneo on your school trip to Malaysia offers your students the opportunity to visit important conservation projects including the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Your school expedition to Malaysian Borneo will leave your students with a greater appreciation of the incredible wildlife our planet is home to, and how important it is to protect these animals and their habitats.

Experience Malaysia’s multiculturalism

Malaysia is a country that is multicultural and multiethnic, and this makes it a fascinating destination for a school trip. It is split into two similarly sized regions – Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, or Malaysian Borneo.

In Borneo, you’ll be able to visit Mari Mari Cultural Village, where you’ll learn about five indigenous tribes and their traditions, cultures and histories. You’ll be guided around the site by a guide who is a descendant of one of the tribes, giving your students an incredible insight into the local culture.

They’ll also have the opportunity to experience cultures very different to their own. The whole experience will help them to become better global citizens.

Immerse yourselves in rural village life

On your school trip to Malaysia, we can arrange for you to spend time in a rural village, where local host families will welcome you into their homes for the night.

You’ll head into the jungle with them to find out how they forage for food there. And they’ll serve you traditional meals and will even teach you a traditional dance!

The opportunity to really immerse themselves in the local culture is an experience that your students will never forget.

Activities in Malaysia that your school group will love

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Find out about this centre's important work protecting the Sun Bears who are threatened by illegal hunting, trading and deforestation.

Community-Based Project at Kiau Taburi Village

Stay with host families and immerse yourselves in rural Bornean life at this tribal village at the foot of Mount

Gomantong Cave

This intricate cave system is most famous for two of its residents – swiftlets and bats. Swiftlet nests are harvested

Mari Mari Cultural Village

The Mari Mari Cultural Village offers a fascinating insight into the history of the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo.

Poring Hot Springs

Stop off at Poring Hot Springs to enjoy the thermal waters that are said to have therapeutic qualities.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Find out about the important work being done by this rehabilitation centre to help orphaned orangutans. The centre was opened

Where to visit in Malaysia

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I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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