KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA
Where am I going? The sandy crescents of Penang or Langkawi – or perhaps Borneo, the jungle-shrouded island segment of Malaysia.
Airline: Malaysia Airlines (0330 365 0080; malaysiaairlines.com) serves Kuala Lumpur from Heathrow, before forging to both above beach hotspots – plus Kuching, the state capital of Sarawak (the entry city for Malaysian Borneo). Return flights to Langkawi, leaving London on Dec 1, using “multi-city” to inject three days in Kuala Lumpur en route, cost £980. Reasons to linger: Malaysia’s capital does not enjoy Bangkok’s wild reputation – but is also underappreciated. The shops of Bukit Bintang gleam with 21st-century commercialism – just as Chinatown dreams of a more traditional city in the stalls of its Central Market