Book Cheap Flights to Malaysia

Malaysia: a land of exotic tales, tropical beaches and cosmopolitan flair

Malaysia is an exotic nation in Southeast Asia. Home to over 30 million residents, it is a country split in two by the magnificent South China Sea. Malaysia offers you scenic jungles, gorgeous cityscapes and a diverse culinary experience. Top attractions include the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi Cable Car and Sipadan National Park in Semporna.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime, because cheap flights to Malaysia are now available for a limited time! Malaysia’s hub airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), a 40-minute drive or a relaxing 30-minute train ride from the city centre. KUL serves numerous airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Air Mauritius. Popular flights to Kuala Lumpur depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 15 hours, 25 minutes.

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Why visit Malaysia

Malaysia Religious Site

Elegant Religious Sites

Go on a tour and discover all the beautiful temples and cathedrals of Malaysia, such as the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, the St. Francis Xavier Church in Melaka and the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam.

Malaysia Food

Variety of Flavours

Explore the streets of vibrant cities like Kuala Lumpur and peruse the numerous stalls offering tasty dishes from around the world, including fare inspired by Malay traditions, such as char kway teow and nasi kandar.

Malaysia Beaches

Incredible Beaches

Take in the wonderful picture that Malaysia’s many beaches offer: pristine white sands, clear waters and unrestricted views towards the horizon. Some of the best stretches of shoreline include Redang and Long Beach.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Malaysian Ringgit
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.33 MYR
Language Malay / Mandarin / Tamil / English
Hub Airport Kuala Lumpur International (KUL)
Airline Malaysia Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 8
Travel Adaptor Type A / C / G / M

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Best time to visit Malaysia

Malaysia’s weather is characterised by humidity and high temperatures throughout the year, and two distinct seasons: the wet season (October – April) and the dry season (May – September), which still brings rainfall (though significantly lower). If you prefer to skip the crowds and high hotel rates, avoid visiting Malaysia between late-May and mid-June and between late-November and the end of December. For a more relaxing time in Malaysia, visit between March and June. You’ll avoid the worst of the rain and humidity, plus you will have the pleasure of exploring this nation’s many attractions without having to wait in long lines.

Weather & Climate in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C
High °C 32°C 32°C 33°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 239 200 260 240 190 160 150 160 200 280 290 250

Prepare for one of the best holiday experiences ever in the beautiful Asian country of Malaysia. Explore vibrant cities, incredible jungles, and alluring islands, admire unique colonial architecture and charming tea plantations, and discover fascinating and exotic wildlife.

The coastal capital, Kuala Lumpur is where you will find impressive contemporary high-rises and a fast-paced nightlife. Indulge in an adventure of taste with the various street vendors offering sizzling dishes with inspirations from the Malay, Indian, Chinese and even the Western. Top attractions of this destination include the Islamic Arts Museum and the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Another urban treasure on the coast of the western peninsular of Malaysia is Penang. Discover beautiful temples and lovely palm-tree-lined beaches, such as Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah. Other major sights of this metropolis are the Penang National Park and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

The breath-taking archipelago of Langkawi is best known as a tropical paradise. Indulge in a relaxing time at one of its charming beaches while admiring the view of the clear waters. Leading attractions include the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and the Langkawi Sky Bridge.

Discover more tranquil settings with a visit to the village of Ba’kelalan, which is situated in a gorgeous valley in Eastern Malaysia. It is a popular final destination for scenic hikes from the collection of villages of Bario. Ba’kelalan additionally provides wonderful opportunities for birdwatching, with the island of Borneo including approximately 650 different species.

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You will not need a visa to enter Malaysia for up to 90 days. Make sure your passport will be valid for six months after your return date and has two blank pages for entry stamps.

The South African High Commission is in Kuala Lumpur.

Address: Suite 22.01, Level 22, Menara HLA, No. 3, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: + 60 3 2170 2400

Fax: + 60 3 2168 8591

Before departing for Malaysia, make sure to receive all the routine vaccinations. Check with a doctor for more information. There is no threat of yellow fever in Malaysia, but should you be travelling through or from a country where this disease is a problem, the Malaysian government requires proof that you have received the necessary vaccination.

Additionally, you should guard against the following diseases:

• Hepatitis A – transmitted through contaminated food and water

• Typhoid – transmitted through contaminated food and water

• Cholera – transmitted through contaminated food and water

• Hepatitis B – transmitted through sexual contact, contaminated needles and blood products

• Japanese encephalitis – transmitted through mosquito bites

• Malaria – transmitted through mosquito bites

• Rabies – transmitted through the bites of infected dogs and bats

Practise basic caution when exploring the cities of Malaysia. Take note of the following tips:

• Avoid deserted areas.

• When walking in public, keep your valuables close and out of sight (for women, avoid wearing jewellery and handbags at the hip).

• Should you feel you are in danger, approach any policeman (the standard of police service in Malaysia is high).

• Reject any offer of scratch-and-win tickets (scam artists will try to get you to make an advance payment to claim your prize).

• When walking on the side of the road, make sure you are always facing oncoming traffic.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Kuala Lumpur
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R37
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R45
Cappuccino (regular) R23 R22 R33
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R5
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R38 R51
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