Cheap Flights to Malaysia
Malaysia's natural beauty is only exceeded by its impressive architectural accomplishments. The soaring glass and steel of Kuala Lumpur gives way to the white sand and clear waters of the South China Sea. Thick jungles filled with mysterious flowers and exotic animals cover much of Malaysia's Borneo region, offering the opportunity to commune with nature. Travelers can fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), located on the Malaysian Peninsula, and travel by ferry to the outlying islands.
Flights to Malaysia
Most travelers fly to Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). The airport's two terminals, KLIA1 and KLIA2, are connected by a free express train. The airport offers currency exchange and many shops, restaurants, and bars in addition to a spectacular indoor rain forest with a waterfall. Most passenger areas offer free Wi-Fi. There are buses, trains, rental cars, and shuttles for transport to the center of Kuala Lumpur. A taxi ride will cost around $20 for the 35-mile trip and last around 45 minutes.
Attractions in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia and the site of its premier international airport. It makes a natural starting point for any exploration of the country and offers many of its own unique enchantments. The city's Golden Triangle business district is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, which are iconic landmarks connected by a sky bridge. From this vantage point, the entire city is laid out below for spectacular views. The city's Chinatown area is filled with shops and restaurants.
Malaysia's beautiful coastline is a jumping-off point for excellent scuba diving opportunities. Redang, on the country's eastern coast, has wonderful coral reefs. Jungle expeditions lasting days or weeks in Malaysian Borneo offer opportunities to spot wildlife, birds, and exotic plants.
Travel Tips for Malaysia
With its tropical climate, Malaysia experiences a rainy season and a dry season. Daytime temperatures remain in the high 80s with nighttime temperatures falling to the high 70s year-round. Those who fly to Malaysia during the period of October to March will experience the rainy season in the eastern half of the country. The western half remains fairly dry. Malaysian festivals are influenced by the Hindu, Muslim, Tamil, Buddhist, and Christian religions. Hari Raya is celebrated with feasting at the end of Ramadan. Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated in October.
Malaysian cuisine is a fascinating reflection of its complex history. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, and other immigrants have influenced Malay dishes. Ingredients like coconut, shrimp paste, chilies, and lime add distinctive flavor to meat, tofu, and fish. A typical dish might consist of a stew of fish or chicken served with rice and flavored with kafir lime leaves, chilies, and curry. Sate, usually chicken strips flavored with curry and coconut milk, are a popular side dish. Desserts may include bite-sized sweets made from rice, coconut, or other fruits called Kuih. A meal for two people at a midrange restaurant in Malaysia will cost travelers around $12.
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