Traveling to Tibet from Malaysia is relatively easy and can be done from either Nepal or mainland China. Being within Southeast Asia, travel between many Asian countries is easier and less demanding than from international locations outside Asia. There are direct flights to more than a dozen airports in China and multiple daily flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
Tibet Travel Permit Application for Malaysian Tourists
For tourists from Kuala Lumpur, the Tibet Travel permit is a requirement, and must be obtained through a registered tour operator such as Tibet Vista once the tour has been booked. Application for the permit takes around 15-20 days and requires a scanned copy of the passport and visa (if entering Tibet from mainland China). And our travel consultants can help you obtain the permit, and it is not possible to do so without having a pre-booked tour.
Most Popular Tibet Tour Packages from Malaysia
One of the great options for traveling to Tibet is to incorporate your tour of the region with a longer tour that includes Nepal and mainland China as well. Here at Tibet Vista, we have multi-location tour packages to suit every need and requirement, and can even customize the trip a little, especially in Nepal and mainland China. Whether traveling from China across the Tibetan plateau to Nepal, or vice versa, these tours can make your trip to Tibet even more special, allowing you to explore some of the surrounding cultures that have had a profound influence on the Tibetan religious culture.
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How to Get to Tibet from Malaysia? Multiple ways to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Tibet.
For Malaysian nationals traveling from Kuala Lumpur, there are multiple options for getting to Tibet, and with direct flights to many cities across China, as well as multiple direct flights daily that travel to Nepal, traveling to Tibet is relatively simple.
By Flight to China
Direct flights to China leave from Kuala Lumpur International Airport several times a day to airports across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou, as well as Hong Kong SAR. The average flight times are:
a. Kuala Lumpur to Beijing: non-stop - 6 hours 18 minutes, one stop - up to 19 hours
b. Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai: non-stop - 5 hours 15 minutes, one stop - up to 19 hours
c. Kuala Lumpur to Guangzhou: non-stop - 4 hours 03 minutes, one stop - up to 20 hours
d. Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu: non-stop - 4 hours 40 minutes, one stop - up to 18 hours
e. Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong: non-stop - 3 hours 55 minutes, one stop - up to 21 hours
After Your Arrival in China
Once you arrive at your destination in China, we will forward your Tibet Travel Permit to you at your hotel of choice, ready for your journey to Tibet. The permit is needed to book tickets and board the flights and trains to Tibet and is required to be shown on arrival in Lhasa, at the hotels where you will stay, and at the various checkpoints around the region.
From Beijing to Lhasa
There is currently only one direct flight per day to Lhasa from Beijing, although there are a larger number of indirect flights that stopover in Chengdu en route to Lhasa. The direct flight takes around 5 hours to get to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport, and costs from around US$ 500 for an economy ticket.
The train from Beijing to Lhasa is the Z21, which leaves daily at around 8:00pm. The journey covers 3,757 kilometers across eight provinces in mainland China as well as Tibet, arriving in Lhasa around 40 hours later at 12:10pm on the third day. However, in the summer season, from May to September, it can be hard to get a ticket for the train from Beijing to Lhasa, due to the huge demand. One option to counter this would be to take a flight to Xining, in Qinghai Province, and then get the train from there, as there are more carriages on the Xining train and a better chance of being able to procure a ticket.
From Shanghai to Lhasa
Flights from Shanghai leave several times a day, although there is currently no direct flight to Lhasa. The flights stop at Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, or Kunming, and take from around 8 hours to as much as 26 hours for the multiple-stop flights. The cheaper flights start from around US$ 455.
The Z164 leaves Shanghai daily at 8:10pm, and takes around 47 hours to reach Lhasa, as distance of around 4,373 kilometers. The train arrives in Lhasa at around 7:15 in the evening of the third day, and the journey is the second longest of all the routes to Lhasa.
From Guangzhou to Lhasa
Similar to Shanghai, there are no direct flights to Lhasa from Guangzhou, although there are a number of indirect flights, with stopovers in Chongqing and Chengdu. The average flight takes from 5 hours 55 minutes to 10 hours 30 minutes, and costs from around US$ 455.
Departing at 11:45am daily, the train from Guangzhou takes over 53 hours to get to Tibet, making it the longest of all the train journeys to Lhasa. Covering almost 5,000 kilometers, the train arrives in the Tibetan capital at around 5:05pm on the third day.
From Chengdu to Lhasa
From Chengdu, there are numerous direct flights to Lhasa, which take around 2 hours 15 minutes on average. With more than 15 flights a day from Chengdu, it is one of the best airports from which to fly to Tibet, and with the short travel time, it is one of the best options for those with time constraints. It is also relatively inexpensive, costing from around US$ 233 for an economy flight.
The trains from Chengdu depart every other day at around 9:37pm, and arrive in Lhasa on the third day at around 9:55am. Covering a distance of 3,070 kilometers across mainland China and Tibet, the journey takes a little over 36 hours, and is one of the more popular gateway cities to travel to Tibet from. Scheduled departures from Chengdu are on odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc) in January, April, May, August, November, and December, and even days of the month for the rest of the year.
From HongKong to Lhasa
Without a direct flight to Lhasa, there are several options for connecting you to the Tibetan capital. Flights to Chengdu from Hong Kong and then on to Lhasa are very popular, as is the flight to Xining via Chengdu, and then taking the train to Lhasa. You can also take the train direct from Chengdu, or for the very adventurous, you can get a train direct to Guangzhou from Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, and then get the train from there to Lhasa, a total journey time of around almost 60 hours, that covers nearly 5,000 kilometers.
By Flight to Kathmandu
Coming from the opposite direction, Nepal is the only country in the world with direct international flights to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, making it a preferable entry point for many travelers from Malaysia. Flights only run from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and take just 4 hours to reach the Nepali capital airport. With more than a dozen direct flights to Nepal every day, costing from around US$ 180 per person for an economy ticket, Kathmandu is the cheapest and easiest way to get into Tibet.
Kathmandu to Tibet
By Kathmandu to Lhasa flight
There are several daily flights from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, provided by Air China, Tibet Airlines, and Sichuan Airlines. The flight normally takes just 90 minutes and has the added advantage of allowing you a bird’s-eye view of the summit of Mount Everest as the plane flies over the Himalayas. An average economy ticket costs from around US$ 400.
By the Epic Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa
One of the most amazing adventures of all is the journey across the Himalayas to Lhasa, traveling overland by car across the roof of the world. The journey starts in Kathmandu, and you can take our tour bus to spend the night in a village near Gyirong border and cross the border the next morning. The ride from Kathmandu to Gyirong border takes around 7-8 hours.
Private cars can also be arranged for this trip. Once on the other side of the border, at Gyirong Port, you will pass through immigration and your guide and driver will be waiting for you on the other side. You will then transfer to Gyirong Town to spend your first night on the plateau, before heading off across the region to the stunning capital, Lhasa. The route across the plateau takes in some of the most amazing sights in the world, including the mighty Mount Everest, the holy Lake Yamdrok, And some of the many monasteries and temples of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. In Lhasa, you can experience the heart of Tibetan culture and religion at the Jokhang Temple and the famous Barkhor Street.
The trip is there waiting for you to travel! All you need to do is get in touch with us and tell us your requirements, and we will do most of the work for you, including booking your hotels, train tickets, etc., if you require it. All you need to think about then is enjoying your holiday at the Roof of the World.
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