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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Malaysia - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

Taste of the trop­ics: Dis­cover Langkawi’s an­cient rain­forests and idyl­lic beaches with Zuji’s five-star get­away at The An­daman Re­sort; from $1471 a per­son twin-share for six nights (for the price of four) in­clud­ing re­turn econ­omy air­fares with Malaysia Air­lines ex Sydney (or other ports), with fur­ther dis­counts avail­able on stays up to nine nights. On sale to July 14 for travel to De­cem­ber 20. More: 1300 888 180; zuji.com.au. Stay and sail: Har­vey World Travel has a 50 per cent dis­count on its six-night Asian cruise hol­i­day to Pe­nang and the Thai ports of Phuket and Krabi; now $1859 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing re­turn econ­omy flights from Perth to Pe­nang (with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines), three nights in Pe­nang, and three nights cruis­ing aboard Star Cruises’ ship Su­per­star Libra. Valid for de­par­tures July 29, Au­gust 5 and 12, and Septem­ber 9 and 16. Prices ex Sydney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Ade­laide also avail­able. More: har­vey­world.com.au. Beach break: Cre­ative Hol­i­days is sell­ing a five-nights-for-the-priceof-four stay in a su­pe­rior hil­lview room at Golden Sands Beach Re­sort on Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Pe­nang, in­clud­ing break­fast and free meals for chil­dren un­der 12 (when trav­el­ling with an adult); from $344 a per­son twin-share to De­cem­ber 23. More: cre­ative­hol­i­days.com. Sev­enth heaven: Also from Cre­ative Hol­i­days, the five-star Nexus Re­sort at Kota Kin­a­balu is of­fer­ing a seven-night pack­age in a gar­den deluxe room with break­fast daily; from $503 a per­son twin-share on book­ings made by De­cem­ber 31 (for travel to March 31). More: cre­ative­hol­i­days.com. Shop ’til you drop: Un­til Septem­ber 2, Malaysia is cel­e­brat­ing its annual na­tion­wide 1Malaysia Mega Sale Car­ni­val. City stores have elec­tron­ics, home­wares and fash­ion bar­gains ga­lore, and pres­tige and pop­u­lar brands in­clude Gucci, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Zara, Mas­simo Dutti and Top Shop. More: touris­m­malaysia.com.au. KL ca­pers: To cel­e­brate the annual shop­ping sale event, Flight Cen­tre has a three-nights-for-theprice-of-two deal at the five-star Shangri-La Ho­tel in Kuala Lumpur; from $465 a per­son twin­share, cov­er­ing break­fast daily, re­turn air­port trans­fers and clubfloor ben­e­fits (evening buf­fet and cock­tails, and Wi-Fi ac­cess). For travel on se­lected dates from July to March. More: 1300 939 414; flight­cen­tre.com.au. App happy: Trav­ellers to Malaysia can down­load a new, free MHdeals app that uses iPhone’s built-in GPS to lo­cate Malaysia Air­lines’ and Sabah Tourism’s best deals and des­ti­na­tions de­part­ing local air­ports. More: itunes.ap­ple.com.

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