MalaysiaHow to get there



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(Last updated August 2013)

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country in tropical Southeast Asia north of the equator, whose culture is dominated by the majority of muslim malays. There are 2 territories separated by the South China Sea:
- Peninsular western Malaysia with the capital Kuala Lumpur sharing borders with Thailand and Singapore.
- The island of Borneo with regional capital Kota Kinabalu, North-eastern region of Sabah and Northwestern region of Sarawak, sharing borders with Indonesia (Kalimantan) and Brunei.

Many international airlines fly nonstop into Kuala Lumpur. Other convenient gateways to connect to Malaysia are Singapore, Jakarta and Bali.
The country's national carrier, Malaysian Airlines, connects Kuala Lumpur with the main airports in Borneo which are Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Sandakan and Kuching.
Other major airlines offering frequent flights to Kuala Lumpur and Borneo are Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines/Silk Air, Thai Airways, Lufthansa and British Airways.
Among the low budget carriers whose tickets can only be instantly purchased online, Air Asia offers the most frequent and covenient schedules to Borneo from the mainland as well as many neighbouring Indonesian islands.
Airfares
We offer competitive airfares with Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines as well Emirates, Cathay Pacific and many other international carriers. Those airfares can be reserved for you and ticketed at a later point in time. Seat allocations and notification of necessary schedule or itinerary changes are all part of our service.

We offer research and ticketing of all published airfares, to find the least expensive and/or most convenient flight plan from any international gateway world-wide.
Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.

Many of the lowest available published airfares are instant purchase only, often online through booking engines of the airlines' own websites. In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. For flights booked online, we won't be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Baggage
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

Malaysian Airlines: 30kg (66lbs) free checked baggage allowance.

Singapore Airlines: 20kg (44lbs) free baggage allowance. Additional scuba diving equipment will be charged at a flat fee: A standard charge of 6kg at USD 8.00/kilo will be applied on the scuba diving equipment if its weight and your other checked baggage exceed the free allowance entitled to you. This is applicable up to a maximum excess of 15kg for the scuba diving equipment. Normal excess baggage charges will apply for any excess weight beyond 15kg.

Air Asia: Various checked baggage weight allowances between 15-40kg (33-88lbs) can be purchased online with your flight ticket purchase.

Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
International airport information
Kuala Lumpur:
Kuala Lumpur International airport is located about 50km away from the city centre. Airport hotels and retails spaces are a short walk away from the terminals. There are 3 terminals:
The Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal are linked by 'airotrain' and switching terminals for connecting flights is relatively fast and convenient.
Please note that there is a special LCCT Terminal for all low cost carriers like Air Asia. The LCCT Terminal is about 20km away from the main airport buildings on open roads. Please allow for a minimum of 4 hour connection time between regular and low cost airlines.
Passengers booked on the following international airlines can take advantage of city check in at a special airport check in counter located at KL Sentral: Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Royal Brunei Airlines. More airlines are expected of offer city check in soon.

Singapore Changi Airport
In our opinion, Singapore Changi has some of the best passenger facilities in South East Asia. Transit passengers may pass their connecting time checking into the Ambassador Transit Hotel where comfortable rooms may be booked overnight or by the hour. Please note that you cannot collect your luggge prior to checking in, since you will leave the transit area to pass customs only after your stay on your way to the next gate; your checked luggage will remain in special holding area during your stay. Other transit area facilities include cinemas and an open air swimming pool next door to the Ambassador Transit hotel entrance.
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