Travelling with the kids in Malaysia is generally a breeze. For the most part, parents needn’t be overly concerned, but it pays to lay down a few ground rules – such as regular hand-washing – to head off potential problems. Children should especially be warned not to play with animals, as rabies occurs in Malaysia.
Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children contains useful advice on how to cope with kids on the road and what to bring along to make things go more smoothly, with special attention paid to travelling in developing countries. Also useful for general advice is www.travelwithyourkids.com.
There are discounts for children for most attractions and for most transport. Many beach resorts have special family lodgings. Cots, however, are not widely available in cheaper accommodation. Public transport is comfortable and relatively well organised. Pushing a stroller around isn’t likely to be easy given there are often no level footpaths and kerbs are high.
Baby formula, baby food and nappies (diapers) are widely available. However, it makes sense to stock up on these items before heading to remote destinations or islands. When breastfeeding a baby in public be sure to be discreet, covering your breasts with a scarf or towel.
Sights & Activities
Some beach destinations suitable for families with younger children include Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Kapas and Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Those with older children might enjoy some of the jungle parks of the country, including Taman Negara and, over in Sarawak, the Bako and Gunung Mulu national parks. For more animal encounters also consider the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah.
Larger cities such as Kuala Lumpur, George Town and Melaka offer many activities and sights that will please kids of all ages.