With end of year holidays approaching, this is the time to plan that getaway with mid-Spring fare deals from five Australian cities starting at AU$629 return.
With fares available from Malaysia Airlines website, your preferred travel agent or Malaysia Airlines’ Reservations on 13 26 27 until 12th October, you can travel to Malaysia and South-East Asia from 10th October to 7th December 2015 and 2nd February to 31st March 2016.
Travel to South Asian Sub-Continent between 30th September and 7th December 2015, 16th January to 31st March 2016, and to the UK from 4th October to 7th December 2015, and 16th January to 24th March 2016.
All bookings must be made at least 24 hours before flight departure.
Among the destinations on offer:
Penang and Langkawi
Two of the best tourist destinations in Malaysia, in the north east of the Peninsula. Langkawi is a group of islands famed for their UNESCO supported Global Geopark, beautiful beaches and resorts catering for all pockets. It’s also a duty free area.
The state of Penang and more specifically the island, is famous for its historical mix of many different cultures which makes the city of George Town a fascinating place to walk, eat and stay. The variety of food influenced by the historical links and the beaches along the northern coast also attract many visitors annually.
Fly in from Sydney with Return Economy fares from $717, Perth $698, Darwin $697, Melbourne $702 and Adelaide from $704.
Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, an ideal starting point for a climb up Mt Kinabalu, highest mountain in South East Asia. The climb is due to be reopened after an earthquake damaged the trail at the beginning of June 2015. If you want to get out of the city, why not take a two hour ride on the train to Beaufort from Tanjung Aru Railway Station. Fares are RM4.80 one way with trains leaving every day at 7.45am with an extra trip on Sunday at 1.35pm. The return trip leaves Beaufort at 9.55am, and on Sunday at 10am.
If you’d like to go further afield, hop across to Sandakan, enjoy the seafood and visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, dedicated to all those who died there in WW2 and the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.
Return Economy fares start at $736 from Sydney, Perth $629, Darwin $716, Melbourne $721 and Adelaide from $723.
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and it has something for everyone. Markets, fancy shopping malls and we are working on write-ups of some day trips out of the city that will let you visit some of the less explored parts of the central west of the Malay Peninsula. Watch for stories to come on a day trip to Ipoh, Klang (both easily accessible by train) and historic Melaka. Return Economy fares start at $748 from Sydney, Perth $689, Darwin $648, Melbourne $733 and Adelaide from $735.
Phuket is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in Southern Thailand. Well set up for diving, snorkelling, wind surfing and sailing, Phuket is great for both an activity holiday and a relaxing break. If you need to get out and about, the shopping’s not bad, and there’s plenty of nightlife and dining choices for all palettes and budgets.
Return Economy fares start at $756 from Sydney, Perth $734, Darwin $733, Melbourne $739 and Adelaide from $741.
Ho Chi Minh City
Fly in to Ho Chi Minh City for a special holiday in Vietnam. The city, still often referred to as Saigon, was the capital of the divided South Vietnam and is still known for offering much of the lively goings-on so popular before reunification. Shopping (all over Vietnam, in fact) is a pleasure and you could get a new wardrobe in a few days, all tailor made. The museums are worth a visit and there are lots of reminders of the war years, including the famous tunnels. If you’d like to go further afield, head off to Danang, Hoi Ann or up to Hanoi, the 1000 year old capital, close to Ha Long Bay and the mountains of Sapa. **TIP Apply for a visa before you arrive – Contact the embassy in Canberra (or your country of residence) for details as there are unauthorised agents who charge high fees which you may not have to pay.
Return Economy fares start at $797 from Sydney, Perth $745, Darwin $744, Melbourne $780 and Adelaide from $782.
With a lengthy French presence in the country in years gone by, you can find great baguettes and coffee in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. But there’s more to Cambodia that baguettes. There’s plenty to do in Phnom Penh, or you may like to head off to Siem Reap for a few days (three or four at least) to visit Angkor Wat and the other temples. Try eating deep fried spiders (yes, really) or head off down to Sihanoukville if you want a bit of the beach. Please don’t go for the ‘naughty stuff’ – (you know what I mean) it’s not good for the economy and certainly not good for those Cambodians directly involved. This beautiful country with a young population is still struggling to regain glories lost in the 1970s and it would be nice if you take along some books or other things to donate to a school while you’re there.
Return Economy fares start at $802 from Sydney, Perth $773, Darwin $749, Melbourne $784 and Adelaide from $786.
Kathmandu is slowly rebuilding after the major earthquake earlier this year devastated the population and destroyed much of the infrastructure in Nepal. This ancient landlocked nation is a jumping off spot for Mt Everest and apart from the natural and architectural beauty of the surroundings, is a great place to go hiking. Nepal is also a good place to search out options if you want to do some volunteer work. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, just search out “volunteering in Nepal” and make your choice.
Return Economy fares start at $1011 from Sydney, Perth $990, Darwin $988, Melbourne $994 and Adelaide from $996.
The city of Mumbai is a fascinating mix of colours, sights, sounds and smells. Look out for the Dabbawalas, the iconic lunch carriers who collect lunch from homes and deliver it to them hot before collecting and returning the empty containers in the afternoon. They make their amazing journeys largely by using bicycles or the train system (a feat in itself). Explore the city, go shopping!!! or get out of town to a nearby hill resort.
Return Economy fares start at $1143 from Sydney, Perth $1145, Darwin $1120, Melbourne $1126 and Adelaide from $1151.
London is often cited as one of the most visited cities in the world, justifiably so because there is so much to do in around the city. Whether you are trying to catch a glimpse of the royals, check out the famous buildings, or hit the markets and theatres, there is plenty to keep you busy. If you have time however, perhaps you could think about catching a train (book well ahead and it’s surprisingly inexpensive) to the old Roman city of Bath, or down to Cornwall, where they have some of the most interesting and beautiful National Trust homes.
Return Economy fares start at $1658 from Sydney, Perth $1636, Darwin $1638, Melbourne $1640 and Adelaide from $1642.
Fares include meals, luggage, taxes and fuel surcharges and are subject to change. Note peak season surcharges and blackout periods apply.
To help with all the shopping, Malaysia Airlines gives you 30kg baggage allowance and if you fancy upgrading your meal a selection of Western and Japanese cuisines is available via MHGourmet. You need to order in advance with six menu options available from RM70 (approximately AU$25) on flights out of Kuala Lumpur to selected destinations in Australia/New Zealand, South Asia, Europe, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Middle East.