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The Putra Mosque, in Putrajaya, Malaysia at sunrise

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City breaks, beach escapes, wildlife encounters, island hideaways: whatever kind of tropical holiday you are dreaming of, book flights to Malaysia to turn your dreams into reality.

Why go?

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The fascinating South-East Asian nation of Malaysia is a popular stop-off point for backpacking Brits and a thriving business destination, while its islands and beaches attract families and couples looking for a tropical getaway.

The nation is split across two landmasses: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia is located between Thailand and Singapore, while East Malaysia can be found across the South China Sea on the island of Borneo. It shares the island with Brunei and part of Indonesia. Most of Malaysia's population live on the Peninsular, while Malaysian Borneo is a mountainous land dotted with rainforests. It's a haven for wildlife, most notably orang-utans.

Malaysia is a safe and pleasant introduction to Asia and a great destination for first-time visitors.

Travelling between the UK and Malaysia, flights typically take around 12 to 13 hours with one stop along the way.

There are four main gateways to Peninsular Malaysia for travelling Brits: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), which serves the capital city and the Genting Highlands; Penang International Airport (PEN), for holidays on the fascinating north-west island of Penang; Senai International Airport (JHB), close to southern Johor Bahru and ideal for breaks split between Malaysia and Singapore; and Langkawi International Airport (LGK), which is located on the beach-circled island of Langkawi in the north-west.

Travelling around Peninsular Malaysia is easy and cheap thanks to an excellent network of public transportation. This makes it simple to combine more than one destination during your Malaysia break. Plus you can travel overland and cross the borders into Singapore in the south or Thailand in the north.

The main airports serving East Malaysia include Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), in the northern part of the island and serving the state of Sabah; Miri International Airport (MYY), which is in Sarawak and located midway along the coast; and Kuching International Airport (KCH), also in Sarawak though much further south and west.

It's generally hot, humid and wet at any time of the year, wherever you travel in Malaysia. Find your flight to Malaysia with the search tool on TravelSupermarket.

How to get there?

Travellers to Malaysia from the UK have a good range of flight options...

The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, offers the only non-stop flights from the UK leaving London Heathrow several times daily and reaching Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in around 13 hours.

Other carriers offer connecting flights, some of the most popular being Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates via their Middle Eastern hubs. All fly from London and Manchester, with Emirates offering additional flights from Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, and Qatar from Edinburgh.

Alternative regional departures are via Paris and Frankfurt with Air France and Lufthansa.

For other destinations in Malaysia you can either connect in Kuala Lumpur or through other regional hubs such as Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore.

Getting to and from the airport

It's easy to get around in this generally safe and well developed nation...

You should find few difficulties in getting to your destination from any Malaysian airport. Taxis are in good supply at official airport ranks, or you can often book at booths within the airport. You should either agree a rate or, if you don't, ensure the meter is switched on. Alternatively, you can pay in advance and get a coupon at the official booth. Avoid unofficial taxi touts, who are likely to overcharge tourists.

Public transport in Malaysia is extremely efficient and good value. Use local and long-distance buses or one of the train services that serve Peninsular Malaysia. (There's only one railway line among the forests and hills of Malaysian Borneo.)

Car hire in Malaysia is widely available at the airports. A hangover of British rule, driving in Malaysia is on the left. Note that traffic in the big cities can be overwhelming.

Where to stay?

From cosy budget joints to unrestrained luxury and pretty much everything inbetween, Malaysia hardly lacks accommodation options...

With so much competition, hotels in Malaysia tend to be of a good standard. You can check in at budget places with basic facilities almost anywhere, while the cities feature some of the world's finest luxury hotels. Stay by the beach in wonderful rooms with sea views or head up into the hills for a night in a colonial-era tea plantation house. Be at one with nature in East Malaysian rainforest lodges or visit the islands for incredible scuba-diving opportunities.

However you choose to see Malaysia, be sure to book a hotel as early as possible to get a great deal. TravelSupermarket will compare prices for you, so tell us when you want to go and we'll do the hard work of searching for the best hotels.