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.

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Take a look at our range of Malaysia school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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School Trips to Kota Kinabalu

A school trip to Kota Kinabalu offers your students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Borneo!

Kota Kinabalu school trips usually take the form of expeditions that include the opportunity for your students to take part in volunteer work with local projects, such as an orangutan rehabilitation centre, a sun bear conservation centre or a community-based project in a tribal village.

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Activities and excursions in Malaysia that your school group will love

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

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.… Read More

Community-Based Project at Kiau Taburi Village

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… Read More

Gomantong Cave

Gomantong Cave

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

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Mari Mari Cultural Village

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

Poring Hot Springs

Poring Hot Springs

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

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

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.

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.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!