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Take A Bonus Side Trip In Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines’ current promotion encourages travellers to explore its fascinating domestic destinations

Around the world, countries are coming up with innovative and inviting ways to encourage us to visit again as we start traveling. Malaysia, for instance, recently announced a campaign under which flyers transiting through the country can take the opportunity to explore seven domestic destinations at minimal extra cost.

Malaysia Airlines’ new campaign, Bonus Side Trip, allows travellers to add an extra leg to their journey from India and explore a little-known gem of the country.

Malaysia Airlines passengers must book a long-haul flight departing from India to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea or the United Kingdom to take advantage of the promotion. They then have an opportunity to explore one of seven domestic getaway destinations in Malaysia – Penang (above), Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Alor Setar and Kuantan. As part of the promotion, one free domestic return ticket (airfare only) is provided; the passenger must pay the taxes and surcharges. Other terms and conditions apply and can be found on the airline’s website.

You can book the offer until December 31, 2022, and travel must be completed before March 31, 2023.

Amit Mehta, Country Manager – South Asia, Malaysia Airlines India, is quoted to have said: “For long-haul passengers, stopovers provide an opportunity to break up a potentially gruelling flight schedule and sample another destination along the way. From sandy beaches to highland rainforests – Malaysia offers it all. Our Bonus Side Trip campaign encourages passengers to stop over to experience Malaysia’s local culture, explore hidden gems, and fly Malaysia to one of the seven destinations on offer: at almost no extra cost.”

Malaysia reopened its borders on April 1 this year.


How To Choose Your Side Trip

Consider Penang if you love food; the city is known as Malaysia’s food capital for its bustling food streets and char kway teow and laksaLangkawi is world-renowned as a beach destination with resorts for every budget. Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor Bahru is great if you’re travelling with kids – they will love Legoland Malaysia (above) and the Angry Birds Theme Park. Kuala Terengganu is a stunning gateway to tropical islands, Kota Bharu is known for its traditional Malay heritage and traditions, while Alor Setar, home to the longest royal family line, is an idyllic town against an emerald backdrop of paddy plantations. One of the few seaside towns in Malaysia, Kuantan hosts hidden gems such as the modern Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque and the Sungai Pandan Waterfalls.

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