Category Archives: Malaysia

After being away to study then work in Peninsular Malaysia for a decade, I have found myself starting to appreciate those little things we have in Sarawak.

AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur-Surat Thani (KUL-URT) Flights Resumed

Airasia’s Kuala Lumpur-Surat Thani (KUL-URT) Flights Resumed

For those who would like to fly in from Kuala Lumpur to any of the Southern Thai provinces that sits between Hatyai and Hua Hin,  here’s some great news- you no longer have to take connecting flights.

AirAsia has brought back its flight service between Kuala Lumpur and Surat Thani, which was suspended at the end of February 2018. Surat Thani serves as a gateway to interesting holiday spots such as Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Ranong and Chumphon.

15 Intriguing Things to Do in Chumphon, Thailand
Thung Maha of Chumphon, Thailand.

A check on its website shows that there are as four flights weekly between Kuala Lumpur and Surat Thani, which are on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday, and Friday. For some reason the fares from Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur are slightly more pricey.

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Travellers Departing from Malaysia by Land to Be Exempted from New Departure Tax

The Malaysian government has announced a new tax which will be charged to travellers flying out of Malaysia. The departure tax or levy for outbound air travellers, which was proposed in Budget 2019, will come into effect starting September 1, 2019.

Based on the Departure Levy (Rate of Departure Levy) Order 2019 gazetted by the federal government on July 31, the rates of the departure levy will differ depending on the destination and seat class, as stipulated in the table below.

Travelers Departing from Malaysia by Land to Be Exempted from New Departure Tax

Any traveller flying out of Malaysia to any of the ASEAN countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, will have to pay RM8 for the economy class and RM50 for other classes.

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