Malaysia expeditions

Malaysia at a glance

Population: 29.2 million

Terrain: Jungle and coast

Get in touch to find out more about expeditions to Malaysia.

Ideas for your students' expedition to Malaysia

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Malaysia.

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Destination and itinerary planning.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Trek through hills and plantation in the Cameron Highlands

2 days

The lush green hills and white waterfalls of the Cameron Highlands take their name from a British government surveyor, William Cameron, who set off on a mapping expedition to the Titiwangsa Range and came upon the Highlands.

2 days

The amazing fertility of the region led to tea production here by British settlers from the late 1880s to the early 1900s, while the altitude of the region (around 1,800m) meant many British families stationed in Malaysia took to the hills to escape the heat of the plantations and tin mines on lower ground.


Bentong (Grace Commission)

Grace Commission Community (GCC) was started by Joo Ee and Koh in November 2010, with the overall objective to complete the construction of the Jireh Orang Asli boarding school at Bentong, Pahang. GCC's vision is to give socio-economically disadvantaged Orang Asli children the skills to become future leaders of Malaysia through holistic home schooling in Bentong. The children, with agreement from their parents, will move out of their home and board at the school in Bentong. Children will be taught daily living skills; lessons will include topics such as maintaining personal hygiene, cooking and doing personal chores. There are currently 15 children boarding in Bentong, temporarily residing in a nearby community centre until the boarding school is complete. Since November 2011, World Challenge teams have helped clear and level jungle land, construct a new school and help build and maintain access routes.

Rest & Relaxation

Pangkor or the Perhentian Islands

Head north-east to the Perhentian Islands or west to Pulau Pangkor. Both areas have beautiful beaches to relax on!

In-Country Agent 

Mandy Lee

Mandy has travelled extensively in Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Mandy speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia and basic Mandarin and, when not working for World Challenge, she is a naturalist. Mandy’s most useful phrase is 'learning never stops'.


Languages spoken: Malay is the official language but English, Chinese dialect and Tamil, plus other indigenous languages, are spoken
Time zone: GMT +8
Interesting fact: Malaysians have their own indigenous tribes, collectively known as Orang Asli. Traditionally, the Orang Asli spend their lives in the jungle.

Taman Negara National Park

5 days

The wilderness of the Taman Negara National Park is approximately 130 million years old, one of the planet's oldest and most biologically diverse tropical rainforest ecosystems. Spanning over 4,343 square kilometres, it's often called Malaysia's 'green lungs', and it's home to the giant Rafflesia – the world's largest flower – numerous orchids, Asian elephants and even the Asian tiger.

5 days


Kenong Rimba State Park

6 days

Stunning lowland forest that borders the Taman Negara National Park, and filled with monkeys, wild pigs and tapirs, the Kenong Rimba State Park is nature undisturbed.

6 days

Malaysia & Borneo

Malaysia can be combined with a trip to Borneo. Visit the page for more information.


Project types

Whether it's conservation or community project work you want to get involved with, Malaysia has it all. You can interact with disabled children and young adults, work with park rangers at an elephant sanctuary (with a focus on conservation) or assist a local dive centre with their ongoing turtle conservation efforts – the choice is up to you.

Rest & Relaxation

Petrona Towers

Visit Kuala Lumpur and the modern Petrona Towers

In 2014, we sent

10 teams

to 8 project sites in Malaysia. Teams participated in activities such as improving the garden area of a school for disabled children, turtle and reef conservation (data collection, beach patrols, hatchery maintenance) and cleaning and maintaining elephant enclosures.


Malaysia is home to many vibrant religions
Malaysia's rich history is reflected in the diversity of its culture, food, language and landscape. Expeditions here offer jungle treks, pristine beaches and the opportunity to engage with communities dealing with complex social and environmental issues. Known for its infusion of tradition and modernity, Malaysia is a real feast for the senses.

Gina, our Malaysia Expedition Planning Manager


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