KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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