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How to plan your travel to Malaysia

Malaysia is a country in South East Asia. This federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and 3 federal territories. There are 2 regions of Malaysia namely Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, East Malaysia is known as Malaysian Borneo. Peninsular Malaysia shares a land border with Thailand and the marine border with Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia whereas East Malaysia shares a land border with Brunei, Indonesia and the marine border with Vietnam, Philippines. With a population of over 30million, Malaysia is one of 44th Most populous country.

Malaysia has its origin from the Malay Kingdom which in the 18th century came under the rule of  British Empire. It achieved Independence in the year 1957 after which North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore were unified and called Peninsular Malaysia. Later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation. The country of Malaysia is multi-ethnic and multicultural. With local Malay along with Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indians and other minor indigenous ethnicities. Islam is the country’s recognized religion however the government has provided freedom of religions for people who are willing to follow other religion apart from Islam.

Travelling to Malaysia is relatively easy for Indians as they have many non-stop flights from various parts of India. There are many normal flights to Malaysia where the operators include Malaysian Airlines and budget airlines are Air Asia, Malindo Airlines. All these airlines operate non-stop flights to Kuala Lumpur. There are currently 39 Airports in India where 7 are International Airports and the rest are domestic airports. If you want to travel cheaper from India then we advise you to book flights from Chennai as it costs less compared to the rest of the cities. The cities in India where you can book direct flights are New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

The Capital City of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur and the official currency is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Indians visiting Malaysia need to apply for Visa as Visa on Arrival option is not available for citizens of India. However, to boost tourism, the Malaysian Government has introduced eNTRI Visa which is Electronic Travel Registration and Information and is available only to Indian and Chinese citizens. This is a single entry visa permit and maximum stay period is 15 days. The cost of an eNTRI visa is 2800INR, Single entry visa costs 4000INR and Multiple entry visas costs 4500INR. Although eNTRI visa processing takes a day it is advisable to apply for Visa at-least 15-20 days before scheduled departure as there might some situation arising.

Malaysia has various travel places suitable for travellers taste. People can visit Kuala Lumpur to explore the capital and to be in the midst of nature they can visit East Malaysia which is on the island of Borneo. However, East Malaysia is not developed as West Malaysia hence travellers need to plan and book their tickets accordingly.

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