OUR thoughts on MALAYSIA

Malaysia is a country of contrasts and surprises. It's home to such a diversity of regions, activities and indulgences that 'something for everyone' is more of a daily itinerary than a promise. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs. Cool hideaways and rainforests are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves all teeming with local wildlife. Throw friendly and welcoming people into the mix, along with some of the best cuisine on the planet, and the Malaysian experience is nearly complete. All that's missing is you. Our Malaysia Specialists would love to help you plan your Malaysia Holiday, whether it be a week on the beach of a 3 week explore package through Malaysia and Borneo we can help.

In the capital you can soak up the invigorating atmosphere of a busy Asian city while enjoying sumptuous and affordable luxury accommodation. Shopping in KL is an obsession as well as a pastime. There's every shopping experience imaginable, from exciting street markets to sophisticated luxury brand signature stores. When your shopping legs become exhausted, KL has hundreds of luxury spas where you can stop, refresh and reinvigorate. When it's time to eat, you'll find that Malaysians take their food very seriously. That's why the dining options in KL are nothing short of spectacular. Other KL highlights include enjoying the tranquillity of the Lake Gardens and Bird Park and feeding your cultural appetite at the Islamic Art Museum and National Mosque. There's plenty to do outside the city, too, with the easy day trip to the Batu Caves top of the list. A natural wonder of religious importance, you'll be greeted by monkeys seeking peanuts then awed by the immense Cathedral Caves 100 metre-high ceiling.

Langkawi has become one of the main destination magnets in Malaysia. There is much to love about this archipelago of 99 islands. Langkawi is a versatile holiday destination with world-class infrastructure and facilities like the modern international airport, excellence roads, state-of-the-art marinas, from hotels to award-winning luxurious resorts, superb golf courses and a host of recreational activities. Langkawi is a beach lover’s paradise with pristine white sand beaches and outer islands teeming with sea life for the snorkelling or diving enthusiast, back on land the island have many rainforests that can be explored with plenty of local wildlife to look out for.

Penang is one of Malaysia’s most famous resort destinations. George Town, its capital, is a fascinating metropolitan city with historical buildings and cultural landmarks. Batu Ferringhi, situated along the coastal road northwest of George Town, is the most popular beach in Penang, lined with a string of international-standard hotels and resorts. Here you can soak in the sun or unwind on the beach and enjoy a host of aquatic thrills from banana boat rides to canoeing and jet-skiing. For a spine-tingling adventure, try parasailing to enjoy the view of the beach from the sky. As the sun sets, Batu Ferringhi comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere with an open-air bazaar selling anything from ornate curious to enticing souvenir items. Watch local artisan’s demonstrate the intricate art of craft-making and batik-painting. Once you have finished bartering with the locals find a place to enjoy some of the best local cuisine Malaysia has to offer.

Also named the land of the Hornbills, Sarawak is located on the island of Borneo famous for it's culture, wildlife and natural beauty. You will arrive in Kuching which is safe, clean and offers an array of attractions, it's also a great base to venture out to the surrounding areas in search of wildlife and culture. We also have accommodation located near some of the cultural highlights like the Iban Longhouses or have your bed perched in the tree tops of the rainforest.

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Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)
Most Major Credit Cards are accepted. Cash advances can also be made through many ATMs which display the relevant symbols. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9.30AM to 4PM and selected banks are open on Saturday from 9:30AM -11:30AM except on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Money Changers are generally open every day until late evening.

Electricity: 240V/50Hv

Flying Time: Approx. 11 Hours from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur direct

Local Time: 8 Hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Malaysia is close to the equator, where warm weather is guaranteed. Temperatures generally range from 32°C to 26°C. But like most Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia's sun-shining days are interrupted by Monsoon season from November and February every year, and night temperatures can drop to about 23°C on rainy days. Temperatures tend to be cooler in the highlands ranging from about 17°C at night to about 25°C in the day.

Entry requirements for New Zealand passport holders:
Valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay, and valid return or onward ticket.

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