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The two halves of Malaysia represent entirely different facets of Malaysia's identity — tall skyscrapers and high-tech innovation on the one hand, and wooden houses in the jungles of Borneo on the other. Hindu folklore remains a presence in this largely Muslim country, and the multiculturalism that has influenced Malaysia is evident in the country's food which is an intoxicating blend of Chinese, Indian, indigenous Malay, and Western flavours.
Malaysia's wide geographic spread has something for everyone - tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, pristine beaches on the South China Sea islands, historic towns and temples in Malacca, and even coral reefs for a spot of diving. For a more earthy experience of Malaysia, head over to Sarawak where much of its wild jungle allure still remains, or choose to pamper yourself at a luxury resort on Langkawi instead. To experience Malaysia's modern front, Kuala Lumpur's steel and glass mazes or Penang's bustling port will not disappoint.
When booking your flights to Malaysia, check which airport is closest to your final destination. For instance, Penang (PEN) is closer to the northern coastal resorts than Kuala Lumpur's airports (KUL and LCC), which are further south. If you're heading to the south of the peninsula, you could also fly to Singapore (SIN) and then drive across the causeway that connects both countries.
There are several smaller airports in Malaysia that also deal with a limited amount of international traffic. Some of these include Kota Kinabalu (BKI), Kuching (KCH), Langkawi (LGK), and Johor Bahru (JHB). Air Canada has flights from eastern Canada to Malaysia in association with other airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean Air, and Singapore Airlines. From cities such as Montreal, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Delta, and Cathay Pacific fly to Malaysia with at least two stopovers on the way.
Malaysia has a topical climate and the average temperature ranges from 20-30°C throughout the year. From November to February, the island of Borneo experiences heavy rain while the peninsular region of Malaysia has heavy rains on the west coast from September to December and on the east coast from October to February. Malaysia's location near the equator ensures it is warm throughout the year, but the temperature does drop slightly at higher altitudes.
Malaysia's peak tourist seasons fall between November and January, as well as June and August. May and June are the school holiday months in Malaysia and the beaches are also likely to be crowded during this time. That leaves February, March, April, and September to get cheap flights to Malaysia and lower accommodation rates.