A week’s stay should be more than enough, no matter what kind of holiday you seek — active, relaxing or cultural. Here is a sample itinerary for families.
Reserve the first two days for Kuala Lumpur, your entry point to the country. There is a lot to keep you busy, starting with Merdeka Square’s colonial heritage, the Twin Towers, and retail therapy at the Berjaya Times Square.
On day 3, catch a 55-minute flight to Penang. Air Asia might be your cheapest option, with a one-way flight costing around Rs 800. However, the early morning flights are more expensive, going over the Rs 1,500 mark.
Over the next two days, discover Georgetown, take the funicular train up the side of Penang hill, pig out at Gurney Drive, and potter around.
On day 6, move to Langkawi, a three-hour ferry ride away, for beach bumming. The boat ride will cost around Rs 1,400 per adult. You can fly back home from Langkawi itself, with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Non-stop Delhi-Kuala Lumpur return flights cost Rs 49,888-60,500, depending on the airline. Sri Lankan Airlines is the cheapest, costing Rs 30,000, with one stopover. Non-stop return flights from Mumbai cost Rs 31,500-53,000. An Air Asia flight from Bangalore, Chennai or Kolkata is for less than Rs 20,000 a person. Currently, Rs 100 with fetch 5.11 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). This is better than what you’ll get for the dollar, euro or even the Australian dollar. The visa-on-arrival facility has been withdrawn. You need to submit the application form and supporting documents at a VFS Centre (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad). The visa fee is Rs 1,000, along with Rs 335 as service charge. An i-visa facility is also open to select travel agents registered with the Immigration Department of Malaysia. Backpackers can get by on Rs 500 per person, per night, including meals, stay and sightseeing. A mid-range vacation will cost Rs 2,000-2,500 per person, per night. On the other hand, luxury breaks will cost upwards of Rs 5,600 per person. If you are on a tight budget, there are plenty of options. Dormitory beds can be had for as little as Rs 200-500 per night, while a double room at budget hotels costs upwards of Rs 1,050. As per the latest edition of the Hotel Price Index (HPI) report by Hotels. com, Malaysia has seen a fall of 18 per cent in its average nightly hotel room rate to Rs 5,159. There is an excellent bus system in place, so make the most of it during your trip. There are plenty of taxis too, but they cost a bomb since you’ll be charged for four passengers even if you are all alone.