Commonly known as KLIA, it is one of the major airports in South East Asia, with the capacity to handle 70 million passengers a year. A principal hub for Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Malindo Air, KLIA served over 47 million passengers in 2013, and in the top five of the busiest international airport in Asia. The airport encompasses not only terminals for domestic and international, but also for low cost or budget carriers.
Approximately 45 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur City, there are express and shuttle buses from KL central to the airport for under 270 Pesos. You can also take a taxi to the airport, though it is a less feasible mean of transport. Be sure to get a metered taxi. There is no train service to the airport as yet.
This city in Sabah is the heart of Borneo wildlife expeditions for most travelers. And most would like to say they’ve conquered the 13, 435 feet cardiac-testing climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu. For a less challenging adventure, try spotting the different species of fauna and flora at the 300-square-mile Kinabalu National Park, sprawled around the mountain. Kota Kinabalu’s native occupants were tribes of headhunters! Though, that barbaric custom has ceased to exist, you can still view the 42 skulls kept as trophy by a well-known Kadazan warrior Monsopiad, at the Monsopiad Cultural Village.
An archipelago of 99 islands, the Jewel of Kedah is an ideal Malaysian holiday destination if you’re after both inland as well as beach attractions. The legendary Langkawi has some dark folklores to share with travelers. Wonder around Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman and let the sign boards re-enumerate stories of wronged princesses, heroic giants and defiant warriors. Rest and relax at one of Langkawi’s silky white sand beaches – the intimate and less-crowded Tengah Beach is ideal for couples, whereas families would probably prefer Cenang Beach as there are more amenities such as watersport center, bike hire shops and food marts.
A city rich with Malaysian cultural heritage, experience Penang one delicacy, one cultural monument and one craft workshop at a time. Order a steaming bowl of Penang’s Assam Laksa; get your palate dancing in merriment with the unique flavor of the Peranakan Nonya cuisine. And wash your lunch down with refreshing Ais Tingkap or Ais Teh Limau. When time to explore the heritage streets of George Town, you can either join a guided walking tour, or travel old-school by trishaw.
Less than four hour flight away, is an unspoilt province of China, Nanning. Sharing a boarder with Vietnam, Nanning is well-known for its beautiful mountain views, famous hill scape, and minority villages. Stay at Qingxiu Mountain Resort to experience the untouched beauty of nature. Be awed by the gardens in Nanhu Lake Park, with their gorgeous display of Chinese palms and bonsais.
Palembang is the second largest city in the Sumatra province, and one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. Visit the Sriwijaya Museum and get an insight on the ancient kingdom that used to reign Palembang for centuries – Srivijaya Kingdom. Stand on the Jembatan Ampera Palembang over the Musi River, and watch as ships sail past. What used to be the center of the locals’ daily activities, today it is only a waterway for commercial vessels.
Only a short flight away from KL is Phuket, and its abundant beaches, lush forests and eclectic nightlife. The old Phuket Town displays colonial architecture with a twist of Chinese influence. Head northeast of Phuket to Phang Nga Bay to witness the majestic limestone cliffs towering vertically over the clear turquoise waters.
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