Getting to Malaysia is easy. Most major airlines of the world, from theirn respective countries, have flights and services to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang, an ultra-modern airport.
Malaysia's own airlines, renowned for its excellent in-flight services, Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia, also flies to many major cities and destinations around the world.
Upon reaching KLIA, there are several modes of transport for visitors to go to the Kuala Lumpur city center, which is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) away from Sepang.
- Prepaid coupons for budget and luxury limousines are sold. (tel: 603 - 9223 8080)
- Airport buses operate from and to the airport at Jalan Duta. (Tel: 603 – 6203 3154)
- High speed express (KLIA Ekspres) and normal speed (KL Transit) rail connections from the KL trains hub at KL Sentral to KLIA are available and they are operated by Express Rail Link (ERL).
The KLIA Ekspres takes about 28 minutes and departs every 15 minutes. (Tel: 603-2274 6266)
- City taxis or cabs are allowed to operate from Kuala Lumpur to the airports only.
In Kuala Lumpur you can find hotels and lodgings for various levels of accommodations, from cheap budget hotels to expensive five-star hotels.
Once you're in Kuala Lumpur city, there are many ways (flight, rail or land transportation) to get to other states, towns and tourist destinations in Malaysia.
Keep these useful contact numbers (with telephone numbers of foreign airlines in Kuala Lumpur) for your visits to Pahang.
Visitors must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six (6) months beyond the intended visiting period.
Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits while certain nationalities can apply for visas upon arrival.
Most visitors are granted a two month visa-free stay upon arrival, but this policy could differ for some countries.
So do please confirm and check first with the Malaysian Embassy or Consulate or Malaysian Diplomatic Mission in your country prior to your travel to Malaysia.
Visa extensions may be applied and sought from the nearest Immigration Department office in Malaysia. The Immigration Head office is located in Kuala Lumpur.
For more information on visas and travel entry requirements, including application forms, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Department website here.
IMPORTANT: DO TAKE NOTE that DRUGS trafficking and consumption are taken very seriously by the Malaysian authorities, and those convicted of drug trafficking may face the mandatory death penalty.
Well, if getting to Malaysia is easy, getting to Pahang is also a breeze. The state borders the adjacent state of Selangor, and Pahang's resorts of Bukit Tinggi or Genting is just about half an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, while Kuantan, the state capital, is only about 3 hours drive away.
See this webpage on Kuantan. to know more.
Malaysia Airlines operates daily flights between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport, located about 15km away from Kuantan. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
There is a small airport at the beautiful island of Tioman and the flights by the operator (Pelangi / Berjaya Air) is available from Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 603- 7846 8228). The journey takes about one hour from Kuala Lumpur.
Kuantan, the capital city of Pahang, is located in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is situated about 260 km from Kuala Lumpur and 325 km from Johor Bahru.
There is a good road link via highways from Kuala Lumpur and coastal roads from Singapore and Kota Bharu in Kelantan, to Pahang.
From Kuala Lumpur, driving to Kuantan takes about 3 hours via the new East Coast Highway. Driving from Singapore to Kuantan via the scenic coastal roads through Johore normally takes about 5-6 hours.
Air-conditioned and comfortable express buses and taxis to Kuantan are available from the TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Sentral) at Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur.
The final destination or terminals for outstation buses in Kuantan is the Kuantan Central located at Bandar Indera Mahkota, where the town bus (Rapid Kuantan) and taxis are available to go to town and surrounding areas.
Pahang is accessible through Mentakab and Kuala Lipis from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu.
However, there are no rail connections to Kuantan.
The vast size of the state of Pahang offers views of unspoilt, verdant, natural beauty in the hinterland and scenic coastlines along the coast of the South China Sea.
So visitors and travelers to Pahang are advised to carefully plan their trips and journeys to avoid long tiring drives to their destinations and to make the best use of their vacation time while in the state.
Inter-town transportation services in Pahang comprising of inter-town buses and taxis are easily available from Kuantan to other parts of the state.
The main inter-town bus station or terminal in Kuantan is located at Jalan Pasar (the main wet market near Stadium Darul Makmur, Kuantan).
Bus and taxi stations of the other towns in Pahang are usually found right in the middle of the towns.
Foreign visitors with valid international driving licence, can normally hire cars from reputable car rental companies in Kuantan, for self-drive holidays.
Visit this Pahang Hotels and Resorts Directory web-page for contact numbers of hotels, resorts and other accommodations in Pahang.
Well, I hope this short note on getting to Malaysia is helpful.
And to all visitors and travellers to Pahang, here's wishing that you enjoy your stay.