Located just north of the equator, this thriving nation of 30 million people is separated into two distinct regions, West Malaysia, or Peninsular Malaysia, and East Malaysia. The western region of the country is part of mainland Asia and forms part of the Malay Peninsula, between Thailand and Singapore. The capital, Kuala Lumpur and much of the population is located here, along the west coast of the long, narrow Peninsula.

Whether it's the impressive skyline, grand plazas and excellent shopping of Kuala Lumpur (KL) with all its exciting urban appeal, a holiday retreat in Penang with its grand architecture, rich history and multicultural attractions or a beach or hinterland holiday in one of the many alluring villages, Western Malaysia is a fascinating blend of history, culture and celebration.

Separated by the South China Sea, East Malaysia encompasses the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Its vast tracks of mountainous hinterland and inviting tropical coastal areas makes this a popular holiday destination any time of year. Beach side resorts and secluded villas provide idyllic settings in which to explore the lush island and its many natural wonders. Kota Kinabalu in Sabah is one of Malaysia's most popular holiday resort areas and has a wide range of beach activities, water sports and island tours in which to enjoy.

Getting to Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's capital city and main international gateway. Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia X both provide direct flights between Australia and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). Connecting flights are available from KUL to points throughout the country and around the world.

Secondary airports within Malaysia such as Penang, Langkawi and Sabah's Kota Kinabalu enjoy direct air service from Singapore and other Asian cities. Singapore is located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is a popular alternative for travellers heading to this part of the country.

Ask your Travel Associates consultant about a 'Double Indulgence' side trip when visiting Malaysia. There are many exciting travel options when considering a side trip in and around Malaysia.

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