If you are looking for flights to Malaysia, then you will find humid, tropical weather all year around and thankfully, the country never gets unbearably hot. The temperature in Malaysia does not vary very much, with an average year-round temperature of 82F, although it can be cooler in the highlands. Malaysia has two different monsoon seasons depending on the region. In the south-west it is from May to September and in the north-east it is from November to March. Depending on your departure point and when you are flying, you can find cheap flights to Malaysia from around $843 for a round trip, flying into the capital city of Kuala Lumpur
You might want to time your visit to coincide with one of the country’s popular annual events, including Chinese New Year in January and February, the Kite Festival in May and the vibrant Festival of the Arts in August. Come December, the Dragon Boat Festival in Penang sees rowing teams from around the world competing against each other in a thrilling race.
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Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Malaysia's main international hub and is situated in Selangor, 28 miles south of Kuala Lumpur city center. Airlines that fly there from the U.S. include Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines and Korean Air.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is just outside the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, five miles from the city center. It is the second busiest airport in Malaysia. Airlines that travel there from the U.S. include Delta, China Eastern Airlines and Korean Air.
Penang International Airport (PEN)
Penang International Airport is located at the southeast of Penang Island. It is just under 10 miles from George Town, the island’s capital. It is the oldest airport in Malaysia and the third busiest. Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and Singapore Airlines all fly there from the U.S.
From beautiful beaches to breathtaking highlands, and from enchanted rainforests to cosmopolitan cities, Malaysia has something for every visitor. Not only that, but you will find a fascinating melting pot of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures, combined with Middle Eastern and European influences.
Public transport in Malaysia is affordable and reliable. Most people get around via the bus and mini-bus systems, plus there are also trains for longer, cross-country journeys. Bear in mind that on public holidays and Muslim festivals, longer distance transport can be extremely busy and booked out in advance.
To travel from Kuala Lumpur International Airport into the city center, you can take a fixed fare taxi. The journey should take around 50 minutes, depending on traffic. The other option is the premium high-speed train service, the KLIA Express, which will take you to the city’s central station.
The only way to get from Kota Kinabalu International Airport into the city is via a fixed rate taxi at Terminal 1. The system works by buying a coupon at the Airport Taxi counter in Arrivals (Level 1), then giving the coupon to your driver.
To get from Penang International Airport into George Town, you can take one of the regular bus services that leave every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a private taxi, sedan or limousine.
Malaysia is a country with many faces and many wonderful sights. Here are some highlights:
The country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur is a buzzing, multicultural metropolis situated on the west coast. Kuala Lumpur blends soaring skyscrapers with colonial architecture and a dizzying array of national cuisines. Jaw-droppingly tall buildings like the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower create a slightly futuristic vibe.
A seemingly endless green paradise of tea plantations, the Cameron Highlands is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots. Rising to almost 2,000 metres at its highest point, this is the perfect place to cool off, unwind and breathe in some eucalyptus-scented air while trekking or sampling fresh tea.
Penang and George Town
The island of Penang is rich in colonial history and also has plenty to offer by way of tranquil villages, tropical beaches and hiker-friendly jungle. The island’s capital, George Town, is a bustling, carnival-loving, multicultural enclave, where ornate Buddhist temples and old Chinese shophouses mingle with skyscrapers and shopping malls.
The coastal capital of the state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is known for its stunning waterfront mosque. It is also the gateway city to Mount Kinabalu National Park and World Heritage Site, which includes rainforest, beaches and coral reefs.
Situated on the west coast, Malacca City is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is known for its striking Red Square and its vibrant Chinatown night market, Jonker Walk. It is also home to the oldest temple in Malaysia, Cheng Hoon Teng, and the 18th-century Kampung Kling Mosque.
Malaysia is in the MST time zone, 12 hours ahead of Washington D.C. If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for the first 90 days of your visit but your passport must be valid for at least six months. Bear in mind that Malaysia is predominately a Muslim country and while the bigger cities are cosmopolitan in attitude, it is best to dress modestly in more rural areas.
U.S. citizens can get an International Driver's License to drive in Malaysia for up to 90 days. Malaysia is left-hand drive and road conditions in the east of the country can sometimes be poor. If you are renting a motorbike then remember that by law, a helmet must be worn.