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East M’sians & Bruneians Rejoice! KK is Now One of the Main Hubs to Fly Locally AND Internationally

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If you hail from East Malaysia or even from neighbouring countries such as Brunei, you’d know the amount of hassle (and money) it takes for you just to take a flight overseas. Previously, if you needed to travel to places like China, Manila, or even Thailand, you’d probably need to take a flight from Kota Kinabalu and transit in Kuala Lumpur before finally heading to your holiday destination. Leceh wei! 

Well, fret not! If you live in or around East Malaysia, it’s time to rejoice! Simply because Kota Kinabalu is finally becoming one of the main hubs where flyers can travel directly to both local and international destinations, without having to transit in Kuala Lumpur!

In addition to that, if you live or work in Brunei, there are also direct flights from there to Kota Kinabalu if you book with AirAsiaSo syiok!

Here are some of the other brand new destinations you can fly direct to from Kota Kinabalu with AirAsia:

 

1. The land of Tom Yam: Bangkok, Thailand

While Thailand is situated directly above Peninsular Malaysia and is typically one of the most convenient “overseas” countries to visit, this isn’t the case for those living in the East. Even though Thailand is close by, those from the East are still required to transit in Kuala Lumpur. Thankfully, you can finally fly direct to Bangkok from Kota Kinabalu now!

While you’re there, make sure to check out:

  • The new Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market

 

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Started in 2016, this slightly more hipster version of the old Ratchada night market is where you can find both practical and personalised knick-knacks. Delicious street food and refreshing drinks are also available here.

 

2. Macao, aka the Las Vegas of Asia

Macao might be known as a gambler’s paradise, but if you’ve ever been to this place, you’d know that it’s steeped in history and beautiful architecture. The food is pretty amazing too!

While you’re there, make sure to check out:

  • The picturesque Senado Square

 

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Part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macao World Heritage Site, you’ll find that this particular location is surrounded by buildings with colonial facades and wave-like mosaic-tiled pavements. While you’re here, take photos amidst the colourful, historical buildings or munch on some delicious pork buns.

 

3. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, the hustling and bustling capital of Taiwan, is home to vast skyscrapers, contemporary buildings, busy shopping streets, and so much more. Travel further out from the city and you’ll be able to get a view of some of Taiwan’s most gorgeous mountain villages too.

While you’re there, make sure you check out:

  • The HuaShan 1914 Creative Park where you can get your creative juices flowing

 

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What started off as a wine brewery in 1914 ended up becoming a new and creative space for individuals to share their works with the masses in late 2007. From skits and musicals to food and tastefully made knick-knacks as well as unique handmade items, it can all be found here. Get ready to be awed by the many installations and unique decor too.

 

4. Manila, Philippines 

This busy bayside city showcases both Spanish colonial architecture as well as modern, larger-than-life skyscrapers. It is also home to the baroque 16th century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a former military prison. It’s definitely a place where you can get the best of both worlds.

While you’re there, check out:

  • The prosperous Fortune Island

 

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Located approximately 90km from Manila, this island is worth the trip. What looks almost like the set of Aquaman, this place was literally built for the Greek gods in order to appease the upper-class society. In fact, large pillars resembling the Acropolis found in Greece can still be found erect on top of the limestone cliff overlooking the ocean. Besides this, you can expect crystal clear waters and soft, white sand too.

 

5. China

This densely populated country is so rich in history and culture that it would probably take you an entire lifetime to learn about and discover every inch of the place. Nevertheless, it’s the perfect country to visit if you want a good balance of history, modern architecture, as well as historical sites.

Here are some of the main provinces you should check out:

  • Wu Zhen Water Town @ Hangzhou

 

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This quaint and charming town promises the most surreal surroundings where its historic architecture is surrounded by bodies of water. Amidst the buildings are shop lots selling delicious, homemade Chinese food too!

 

  • Yellow Crane Tower @ Wuhan

 

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One of the most well-known locations in the area, the unique and ornate designs of the buildings found here are truly something to behold. The current towers which feature reddish, orange-y rooftop tiles and distinctive upward-curving awnings have actually existed in several forms since the third century. You’ll also be able to bask in the gorgeous panoramic views of nearby cities and rivers.

 

  • Shishi Sacred Heart Cathedral @ Guangzhou

 

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Yes, it’s China’s very own Notre Dame and it’s located right in the centre of Haizhu Square. This Gothic-style cathedral is still functional and is also the seat of the Archbishop of Guangzhou. What makes this building unique is the fact that a kilogram of soil from Rome and a stone from Jerusalem were used in the building of this place. So if you want to escape the busy city and be awed by Roman architecture, this is the place to be.

PS: In addition to these destinations, you can book flights from KK straight to Kunming and Shenzhen too!

 

6. Our very own state of Sabah, Malaysia

That’s right! In addition to all the overseas countries, Bruneians and East Malaysians alike can now fly to places like Tawau or Sandakan in Sabah too!

Here’s where else to visit besides climbing Mount Kinabalu:

  • Taman Bukit Tawau @ Tawau
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With picnic areas, camping sites and chalets available, you can opt to stay a few nights at this rugged volcanic landscape that comes complete with hot springs and waterfalls. Additionally, if you stay up till late enough, you’ll be able to get the most gorgeous view of the night sky. A view you definitely won’t get in Kuala Lumpur!

 

  • Gomantong Cave @ Sandakan

 

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If you’re a thrill seeker who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty in dark caves, this is the place to be! Venture through this mysterious cave and admire some of the most unique, never-before-seen flora and fauna located and living deep within the cave.

 

Well, that’s it for this list, but if you happen to be from Brunei or East Malaysia, you know what to do! It’s time to start booking those flights for your next getaway and enjoy the perks of not having to transit in Kuala Lumpur anymore if you’re heading to any of the above-mentioned places with AirAsiaWhat a time to be alive.

If you want to know where else you can fly to from KK with AirAsia, or you’re keen to book a flight, then visit their website now!





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