- Last Updated: 2019-12-24
Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories. With a multiracial and multicultural society, Malaysia is developing rapidly in industry and economy. As international travelers in Asia, more and more Malaysian travelers want to explore Tibet, the mysterious and remote land.
Malaysia is a multiracial and multicultural country.
Where is Tibet?
Located in the south-west of China, also bordering India, Nepal, Burma, and Bhutan, Tibet is known as “the roof of the world” and owns a unique Buddhist culture. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and dotted with crystal lakes, Tibet is the dream destination for Malaysian travelers. Thanks to modern transport, it’s easy to travel to Tibet from Malaysia.
How to Get the Permits?
The most crucial permit for foreign travelers to enter Tibet is the Tibet Travel Permit. To get this permit, you should have a Chinese Visa at first. Chinese Visa is available at the China Embassy in KUL and the China Consulates in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, and Penang. However, foreign travelers can’t apply for the Tibet Travel Permit by themselves and travelers in Tibet must be organized in a group. Don’t worry, just contact us and book your trip, and we guarantee you the permit and a suitable itinerary. Take note of that; you should show this permit when you board the train or plane towards Lhasa.
How to Get to Tibet via Mainland China?
Once you get your Chinese Visa, you can depart for China from your home. Although there’s no direct flight from Malaysia to Lhasa, flights from Malaysia to major cities in China are always available. You can fly to inland Chinese cities, and transmit to Lhasa by plane or by train. You are suggested to land in Chengdu, for it’s the main gateway to Lhasa, flights towards Tibet are available in this city every day. Trains to Lhasa are only available every other day. You can take a direct flight from KUL Airport to CTU Airport in Chengdu, which only takes about 4 hours and costs MYR1, 800. In Chengdu, 8 to 17 direct flights towards Lhasa every day and it only takes you about 2 hours to land in the holy city with a cost of MYR1, 341.
Flights from KLU to PEK Airport in Beijing takes 6 hours, but tickets are cheaper, costs about MYR1, 000. Flights from KLU to PVG in Shanghai takes 5 hours 20mins, costs about MYR1, 010. Flights from KLU to CAN in Guangzhou take about 4 hours 20 mins and costs about MYR703. Please note, no direct flight from Guangzhou and Shanghai to Lhasa, only connecting flights available. But there're 2 daily flights from Beijing to Lhasa with a cost about MYR1, 978.
You are also suggested to travel by train. You can board the train to Lhasa conveniently in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xian, Xining, Chongqing, and other cities. The famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway opened in 2006 and attracted millions of travelers every year. This railway is famous for the scenery; you will enjoy breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains, marvelous lakes, massive wilderness, and peaceful pastures. There are two classes of sleeper-tickets, and you’re recommended to choose a soft sleeper for a better journey. Tickets from Xian to Lhasa cost CNY969.5(MYR 573), while from Chengdu to Lhasa cost CNY998(MYR 590).
How to Get to Tibet via Kathmandu?
Alternatively, you can fly to Kathmandu, Nepal from Kuala Lumpur directly. There are several nonstop flights between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur, which only takes 4 hours 45 mins and costs MYR 1466 for one way. From Kathmandu, you can either fly to Lhasa, Tibet, or take an overland tour. Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes about 1hour 20mins and costs about MYR 1500. If you are lucky enough and get the seat near the left window on the plane, you will see majestic Mt.Everest as the airplane will pass by the Himalayas. The overland road trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa will take about 3-5 days via the Sino-Nepal highway. You will experience magnificent views such as Mt. Everest, Shigatse, Gyantse along the way.
If you choose this route, you don't have to apply for your Chinese Visa. Even if you have already obtained a Chinese Visa, it would be turned invalid in Kathmandu. The document required to enter Tibet from Kathmandu is China Group Visa, which can only be applied at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. To get this document, you need to get assist from your Tibet Travel Agency for an invitation letter. With your invitation letter, original passport and two passport-sized photos, you can then get your China Group Visa. Some travelers may get confused by the name of China Group Visa. It doesn't mean you have to join a group to get this visa. As solo travelers, you still can get your China Group Tour Visa from an organized tour. Please note that the Chinese Group Visa usually needs three working days to obtain, so please leave enough time before departing to Tibet. And for Tibet Travel Permit, your travel agency will handle it and hand over it to you at the Gyirong Port or Lhasa Gonggar Airport.
What to See after Arrival?
Arrive in Lhasa and have a good rest, you’re ready to explore this land. We offer various tour packages with different itineraries, so you can choose one which meets your interest. Pay a visit to the grand Potala Palace, admire worshiping Tibetans in front of the Jokhang Temple, and stroll in the 1, 300-year-old Lhasa. Appreciate debating monks in Sera Monastery, kora with pilgrims at Mt. Kailash, and be shocked by the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. With our hand-picked travel guides and seasoned drives, you’ll have an unforgettable tour in Tibet.
Potala Palace is the landmark of Tibet.
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