Malaysia

    

MALAYSIA

Dynamic cities, fabulous food, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and national parks with wildlife-packed rainforests – all of this and more can be found in Malaysia.  Boasting a rich cultural heritage, astonishing natural beauty, including gorgeous beaches and some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, and national parks superb for trekking and wildlife-watching, it’s easy to see why visitors are drawn into this celebration of ethnic diversity.

The extreme contrasts of towering skyscrapers looking down upon wooden houses built on stilts, while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs further add to attraction of this wonderful country.  

GENERAL INFO

Time Zone -  2 hours behind AEST. Do not observe daylight saving time

Weather Seasons -   Consistent hot and humid weather year round. The west coast experiences wet season April to October while the east coast's rainy season is November to February 

Currency -  Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

Peak Travel Season -  Jun-Aug,  Dec-Jan

Key Booking Period -   July/August, February/March

Avg Length of Stay -  Kuala Lumpur 4 nights / Kota Kinabalu 6 nights / Penang 7 nights / Langkawi 6 nights 

Visa Requirements -  A tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days

Events /Public Holidays to note -   Chinese New Year February, Ramadan May & June, Deepavali Festival of Lights November, Thaipusam January

Key Airlines -  Singapore Airlines (SQ), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Malindo (OD), Air Asia (D7)

Product Contract Validity 

  • 1 April till 31 March on static contract (there are a few exceptions)
  • Contracted rates start to be released in July and they will be progressively released as the contract comes in and are loaded

Top Selling Hotels -

Kuala Lumpur

Melia Kuala Lumpur (V) -  Located within Kuala Lumpur’s prime attractions, shopping malls, heritage row, art galleries and flourishing business hubs, such as The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower, and Pavilion KL shopping mall. Walking distance to the LRT, MRT and Monorail stations 

Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur (P) 

The Westin (I) - 5 star luxury in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's bustling Golden Triangle and only 2kms from the iconic Petronas Towers

Penang

Golden Sands Resort (P)

Parkroyal Penang Resort (I)

Langkawi

Berjaya Langkawi Resort (P)

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa (I)

INSIDER'S TIPS

There is no tipping in Malaysia.  A 10% service charge and 6% GST will be included in your bill  

Malaysian beaches are not as impressive as their National Parks.  Visit Turtle Beach in Penang National Park for a beach experience with beautiful sand and clear turquoise water, but NOTE you aren't allowed to swim here

Langkawi has no public transport system so you need to walk, hire a taxi or rent a two-wheeler to get around

One of the best ways to expolore the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town in Penang is to follow the mural trail.  You can find several routes and maps to navigate the trail but recommend you go before 9am to beat the heat and crowds