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Matta travel fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) is the biggest and most popular travel fair in Malaysia. Malaysians do not yet use the internet as the standard way to book their trips and holidays. Many either go to travel offices or they consult their travel agent when they want to go on a trip. Matta Fair is the place for the best bargains; and it can even be interesting for foreign travelers as there usually are great bargains to destinations outside and within Malaysia.

Food in Malaysia

Food in Malaysia

If shopping is the national pastime in Malaysia, then food is the national obsession. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the phrase 'Sudah makan?' (Have you eaten already?). Everything in Malaysia revolves around great food. Pleasant social get-togethers are always combined with having a nice meal. In Malaysia, more people blog about food than about anything else. Locals usually never eat at home; unless it is with family. Everybody eats outdoors every night; Malaysia is all about food!

Rafflesia biggest flower in the world

Rafflesia

Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world's largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This goes for the Chinese population in Malaysia too where the day itself is declared a public holiday. For Chinese locals the new year means a new start where they can make new money and attract new businesses. At numerous locations in Malaysia people light fireworks during the celebrations. Chinese New Year is the only day in the year most of the shops are closed for business.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

MASWings

MASwings logo

MASwings is a full-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines catering all flights within Borneo. MASwings was officially launched on 1 October 2007. It caters to the air travel needs of Sarawak and Sabah's traveling population and of course to tourists by providing affordable fares, convenient schedules and connections within the two states in Borneo. MASwings operates with 14 planes (of which 10 ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop short-haul planes) to 22 destinations within Borneo. MASwings also brings tourists to some of the more remote areas in Sabah and Sarawak. An example is their 45 minute flight from Miri to Mulu National Park; which is the most convenient way to get to this fantastic national park.

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MASwings Promotions

MASwings offers special promotions on regular bases. If you book in advance there often are discounts up to 50%. Check out the MASwings website every now and then; sometimes the airliner offers great discounts on the passes. Each year there are a few big festivals in Borneo. During these times many people use MASwings' service. MASwings works with fixed prices, but if a flight is full then you simply have to book another flight.

MASwings airline Malaysia  

Previous airlines operating in Borneo

At the beginning of 2006 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) decided to stop offering flights within Borneo. MAS was at the time busy turning the company around, to be profitable again. For this reason MAS decided to cut off zero profit flights, almost every flight within Borneo was suddenly cancelled; to great anger and disappointment of many tourists that use the airline to travel through Borneo. No flights within Borneo would be a disaster for tourism in the states of Sabah and Sarawak; but luckily AirAsia came to the rescue with FAX (Fly Asian Express); a tiny airline with only a couple of airplanes. Within weeks they had their first flights between Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Within a month all flights were back on schedule.

AirAsia made the routes successful again, and at the same time Malaysia Airlines was doing fine again; and offered to take back the routes from AirAsia in October 2007. From then onwards Malaysia Airlines flies again within Borneo; with their airline MASwings.

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