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What is Malaysia like?

Malaysia is fast-growing in popularity, thanks to the wide range of holiday styles available in the Southeast Asian country. Capital Kuala Lumpur gives a taste of big city life, George Town is a more artistic city and Malacca is a sleepy riverside town. The Perhentian Islands are just as beautiful as the more famous names in Thailand, while jungle treks in Borneo and national parks on the mainland give plenty of chances to see nature and wildlife at its best.

Which airlines fly to Malaysia?

New Zealanders can fly directly to Kuala Lumpur from Auckland with 2 airlines: Firefly and Malaysia Airlines.

Flights with 1 stop are often significantly cheaper, with low-cost airlines like AirAsia and Jetstar selling airtickets for this route. Full-service airlines such as Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines also operate on this route.

How long is the flight to Malaysia?

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Auckland to Kuala Lumpur

11 hours (direct)

Christchurch to Kuala Lumpur

12 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Kuala Lumpur

15 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Kuala Lumpur

14 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Penang International Airport

Auckland to George Town

13 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to George Town

13 hours 25 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to George Town

17 hours 5 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to George Town

15 hours 50 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Malaysia?

Malaysia's seasons are split between wet and dry periods. The wet season runs from November to February. You may find accommodation and flights cheaper during this time, but you run the risk of having day tours called off because of the weather.

Throughout the year, you'll experience similar temperatures of 30°C or so, but this can feel hotter in the wet season because of the high humidity.

Do I need a visa for Malaysia?

No. New Zealand citizens can travel around Malaysia for up to 3 months without the need for a visa.

How expensive is Malaysia?

The Malaysian currency is the ringgit. In 2017, NZ$1 was worth between 2.8 and 3.2 ringgit.

Accommodation, public transport and everyday costs in Malaysia are much cheaper than in New Zealand. As a general rule, prices will look similar before you take into account the exchange rate (e.g. an item that costs 10 ringgit will probably cost around $10 back home).

Useful tips about Malaysia

Read about 2018's cheapest holiday destinations, which includes Malaysia's Penang.

Penang is also one of the best places to experience Malaysian street food.

See why Penang National Park is rated as one of Southeast Asia's top treks.

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Please note: all information is correct as of February, 2018.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.