Cheap flights to Malaysia

From steaming green jungles to the concrete variety, Malaysia is the ‘epitome of Asia’.

From Chinese markets and Hindu temples to Malay mosques and soaring skyscrapers; from seas of green paddy fields to blue azures waters stuffed with coral reefs and exotic marine life, Malaysia is like many worlds in one.

Southern Malaysia borders Thailand while Borneo, to the east almost touches Indonesia. These neighbours have influenced the country to create a spectacularly diverse melting pot of cultures, traditions, sights and experiences.

The Batang Rejang River wends its way through deepest, darkest Borneo where jungle guides await to take visitors into the depths of the magical misty rainforests. North of bustling, market and mall-filled Kuala Lumpur with its soaring Petronas Towers, lay the eerie Batu Caves where the vibrant Thaipusam festival is held every year.

The Cameron Highlands, where British colonials retreated to escape the lowland heat, are a scene of rolling tea plantations and exquisite hill-top resorts, ideal for anyone who loves trekking. Tour Malaysia’s  stunning mosques or experience the visual beauty of the Kuda Kepang dances in Muar. See the kites and shadow puppets of Kota Bharu or impressive Lake Chini with its mythological monsters; party on the blissful white sandy palm fringed beaches of Langkawi Island and explore the oldest city of Malacca with its Portuguese and Dutch colonial architecture.

Climb Mount Kinabulu, Malaysia’s highest peak before visiting the cheeky orangutan in its natural habitat in Sandakan. Bliss out in the hot springs of Pedas or on one of Penan’s many sun-kissed beaches near historic Georgetown. 

For travellers seeking thrills and adventure, Malaysia has both in plentiful supply with everything from caving and jungle treks to kayaking, bungee jumping and scuba diving. For those in search of more tranquil pursuits, Malaysia’s stunning landscapes, laid-back beaches, night markets, mouth-watering street food and dazzling historical culture and architecture that traverses both Europe and Asia, promise a truly a mesmerising experience.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Malaysia’s largest airport located 34 miles from the capital Kuala Lumpur. It can be reached by car in approximately 45 minutes, by public express bus service to KL Sentral in an hour or by the KLIA non-stop rail service that connects the airport to KL Central Station in just 25 minutes. Taxis are also available for hire. 

Penang International Airport is located 10 miles from Penang’s capital Georgetown and can be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. Local buses 401, 401A and 401E all operate from the airport to the city centree taking around 50 minutes. Taxis are also available for hire.

Other airports include Kota Kinabalu International which serves Sabah and is 4 miles from the city or Kuching International Airport which is the gateway to Sarawak and is located 7 miles from the city.

What you need to know

Currency: The Malaysain Ringgit 

Visas: EU and UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Malaysia for a period of up to 90 days. An onward ticket for travel must be presented on request. Those requiring a visa can obtain more information at a local embassy or from the foreign Office website. Visas can be single or multiple entry.

Laws: The legal age for drinking alcohol is 18 in Malaysia but as a predominantly Muslim country, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted by locals. Smoking is banned in Malaysia in all indoor public places. This includes cafes, bars, theatres, shopping malls, clubs, public transport, hospitals, airports and public buildings used for religious purposes.

Best Time to Visit

Malaysia’s climate varies depending on the area. The south west is in monsoon season from May to September while for the north east it is from November to March. The wettest months on the west coast are May to October while the east coast it is September to December. The capital, Kuala Lumpur is wettest from March to April and September to November making the summer holidays prime visiting time for tourists. If visiting the east coast, June and July are the driest months. January and February are the driest on the west coast and June to July in Sarawak.

Other reasons to visit include the fabulous Chinese New Year celebrations held across the country in February or the Johor World Kite Festival. In March the Le Tour de Langkawi cycling events kicks off followed by the Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur. Langkawi’s famous Water Festival is a must visit in April while Serawak plays host to the World Harvest Festival in the same month. Sabah is the place to go in June for the spectacular Dragon Boat Race or to Putrajaya for the beautiful Night Flora Parade where illuminated boats cruise along the lake. Borneo hosts the World Music Festival in June while Georgetown in July is all about UNESCO world heritage celebrations.  September celebrates Malaysia Day and the breath-taking Lantern Festival in KL in the Central Market at a full moon. Fabulous food markets fill the streets in October before November’s Festival of Lights and December’s hot and humid Christmas celebrations. 

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