Malaysia offer a good selection of international class hotels
as well as simpler hotels, res houses and hotels Room rates
are subject to 5-10% tax. Many of the major international
chain have hotels in Malaysia, such as Hilton, Regent, Holiday
Inn and Hyatt plus local and regional chains such as Merlin,
Ming Court and Shangri-La; most of these are on west coast.
Room rates in the big hotels, particularly in KL rose steeply
a mid-1990s but have been stable for the last few years. The
number of four and five star hotel rooms has doubled over
the last four years or so and this has helped to keep prices
stable. By world standards, even the most expensive hotels
are good value for money. It is also possible to rent condominiums
in some cities, mainly KL and Georgetown.
There are youth hostels in KL, Georgetown (Penang), Port Dickson,
Fraser's Hill Cameron Highlands, Kuantan, Kota Bahru, Kota
Kinabalu and Pulau Pangkor. There are also scores of government
rest houses (rumah rehat) around the country; these often
offer well-maintained, reasonably priced rooms, although they
can become heavily, booked, particularly during public holidays
On the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and in East Malaysia,
it is often possible to stay with families in Malay kampung
(villages), the so-called Home stay programme (contact local
tourist office or travel agent for more information). The
most popular place to do this is at Kampung Cerating, north
of Kuantan, although it has become increasingly touristy in
recent years; It is also possible to stay in a kampung house
in Merang. Along many Malaysia's beaches and on islands, there
are simple atap-roofed' A'-frame bungalows.
Accommodation in East Malaysia does not offer such value for
money as hotels the peninsula, although, again, there are
some bargains As on the peninsula, there are government rest
houses in many of the main towns. For accommodation in national
parks, see relevant sections. It is necessary to book in advance.
In Sarawak it is possible - stay in longhouses, where rates
are at the discretion of the visitor.
NB In the more popular holiday destinations like the Cameron
Highland - accommodation can become scarce during the school
holidays - April, August a December. During these months it
is worth booking ahead.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) operates an extensive network
to domestic destinations: KL, Ipoh, Penang, Alor Star Langkawi,
Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu,
Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Labuan, Kuchinq, Sibu, Bintulu, Tawau,
and Min (plus many more internal flights in Sabah and Sarawak)
and flights to Singapore. Local MAS offices are listed under
each town; the head office is at Bangunan MAS (opposite Equatorial
Hotel), Jln Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur. For fares,
see table. Domesticflights from KL leave either from its new
international airport KLIA, 72 km from the city, or Subang,
24 km from the city, so check your ticket. NB Flights get
very booked up on public holidays.
Pelangi Air, a solely domestic airline, operates services
to certain resorts and smaller town It flies to/from: Kuala
Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang, Alor Setar, Melaka, Kerteh, )man Island,
Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, and Kuala Terengganu. There are or
night flights, group and advance bookings.
A start-up airline is Airasia which still has a relatively
limited network (check their website-www.airasia.com/airlines/ttable.htm)
offering servis between Cs Subang Kuching, Langkawi, Kota
Kinabalu and and Labuan.
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