Malaysia located in the Southeast Asia represent the microcosm of the southeast Asian region. This Asian country is separated into two landforms by the contentious South China Sea. The main peninsula is renowned for its exciting cities like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the Malaysian Borneo represents its rich ecological heritages comprising of thick rainforest and precious native plants and animals. Malaysia has invested heavily in the tourism sector and has successfully emerged as wonderful and exciting Asian travel destination.The country offers a mix of cultural heritages, scenic beauty of Indian Ocean islands, exciting cities bustling with wonderful night markets, delightful street food scene and a mix of contemporary high rises with a traditional soul. Over the ages, Chinese, Indian, British, Portuguese and Indonesian influences have added a multi-dimensional and cosmopolitan outlook to Malaysia.

This is a country blessed with rolling farm hills of tea and coffee plantations, limestone cliffs, precious rainforests, misty mountains andislands of the Indian Ocean. The climate of Malaysia is a typical equatorial climate with high humidity, abundant rainfall and plenty of sunshine. Its wonderful cities of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca City, Georgetown, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, etc. are wonderful Asian cities with vibrant culture, nightlife, shopping and cuisine scene. Malay is the official language while English is widely spoken and accepted as the general business language. The demography of the country comprises of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Javanese, Sumatran and native tribes. Malaysian cuisine has established itself in the world dining scene and surely matches with the flavours, standards and cuisines of Thailand, China and Vietnam.

 

Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital is a sizzling Asian metropolitan city that has some iconic contemporary architecture and landmarks like the Petronas Tower and KL Tower. It has the one of the most popular shopping and nightlife hotspots in Asia – Bukit Bintang and plenty of exciting attractions like Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, etc.

Genting Highlands is a highly popular mountain resort city with plenty of entertainment, nightlife, shopping and indoor and outdoor theme parks. Malacca City has layers of history and culture that shows the transition of the region under the Portuguese, Arabs, Malayan, Dutch and English influences. Georgetown is the main multicultural hub of Penang and has rich cultural heritages of British colonial days, Chinese shop houses and a famed street food scene, one of the best in Asia. Langkawi is a true honeymooner’s paradise with fine white sand beaches, rainforests and islands of the Indian Ocean. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah is also an exciting destination that offers nature treks, jungle adventure, watersports, amazing diving spots and wonderful mountain tours.

 

India has excellent flight connectivity with Malaysia. There are flights to Kuala Lumpur from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Cochin. Plenty of regional and international airlines are available to select the best airfare deals to Malaysia. One can select direct non-stop flights or 1-stop flights via Singapore as well from India.

Malaysia offers visa-on-arrival for Indian citizens only if they are entering from Thailand or Singapore. It allows a stay period of only 7 days. However, if Indian citizens are directly travelling to Malaysia, then in that case, must apply at least one month in advance at any VFS centres located in major Indian cities. A valid passport with six-month validity, 3 passport size photos with white background, confirmed return tickets with flight details along with visa processing fees roughly around 3500 Rupees.

 

Malaysia is a large country divided into two sections – Malayan Peninsula and Malayan Borneo. The ideal number of days to enjoy wonderful holidays in Malaysia should be around 7 to 8 days. Malaysia packages must contain visits to Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Malacca and Penang in the tour.15-20 days would be great to cover the country at a slower pace and experience its best cultural delights.

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