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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

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.

Malacca

Historical town of Malacca

Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia. Every evening the famous Jonker Street night market is buzzing with tourists from all over the world. In 2008 UNESCO listed Malacca as World Heritage Site. Besides the many beautiful historical sites Malacca is also well known for its great food. Everywhere that you look you will find places to eat; experts claim the best local dishes in Malaysia originate from Malacca.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Travel from Indonesia to Malaysia

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By air

There are numerous places in Indonesia from where you can fly to Malaysia. The most important Indonesian locations to embark to Malaysia are: Jakarta, Bali (Denpasar), Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Medan, Palembang and Solo. The popular low cost carrier AirAsia flies from Indonesia to the following destination within Malaysia: Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching. Other airlines that fly between Indonesia and Malaysia are Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and Garuda.

All airlines that fly between Indonesia and Malaysia offer daily flights. Tickets are often very cheap, and don’t take more than a few hours. Flights are often sold out during festivals and public holidays as many people from Indonesia that work in Malaysia fly home to visit their relatives.

 

By boat

If you are in Sumatra, you can take a boat to Malaysia. Boats leave Medan and take you to Penang Island in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. The boat takes around 5/6 hours to reach Penang (Swettenham Harbor). Below all other options to get from Indonesia to Malaysia by boat:

  • Penang to Belawan, the port for Medan, Sumatra.
  • Port Klang near Kuala Lumpur to Dumai in Riau, Sumatra and Tanjung Balai Asahan in North Sumatra.
  • Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan and Dumai in Riau province, Sumatra.
  • Malacca to Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau province, Sumatra.
  • Kukup, Johor to Tanjung Balai on Karimun Island in the Riau Islands.
  • Johor Bahru with Batam and Bintan in the Riau Islands.
  • Tanjung Belungkor in Johor to Batam Island.
  • Tawau with Nunukan and Tarakan, both in East Kalimantan province on Borneo.
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