For those who are planning a Tibet tour in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, there are many options. There are direct flights from Malaysia to all parts of China, and there are several direct flights to Nepal every day. It is relatively convenient to travel to Tibet.
There are direct flights to China from Kuala Lumpur international airport every day which includes Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and 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
Upon your arrival in China, your Tibet Travel Permit will be sent by express delivery to your hotel you plan to stay. The Tibet Travel Permit is essential for your trip to Tibet because it is required when traveling to Tibet by flight or train and it’s also used for hotel registration and checkpoints throughout Tibet. If there are some special circumstances, our staff will send it to you in person at the airport or railway station.
Currently, there is only one direct flight per day to Lhasa from Beijing while there are a larger number of indirect flights that make a stopover in Chengdu on the route to Lhasa. It takes around 5 hours for the direct flight to get to Gonggar International Airport of Lhasa, and the price of an economy ticket is around US$ 500.
The train Z21 from Beijing to Lhasa leaves at around 8:00pm every day and arrives in Lhasa at 12:10pm on the third day after around 40 hours. The journey covers 3,757 kilometers across eight provinces in mainland China including Tibet. However, it is difficult to buy train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa due to the high demand in the summer months from May to September. To solve this problem, you can choose to take a plane to Xining in Qinghai province, and then take the train there to Lhasa, because there are more carriages on the train in Xining, and it is more easy to buy tickets.
There are several flights from Shanghai to Lhasa even though there is no direct flight to Lhasa at present. Tourists have to stop at some cities during the flight, such as Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, or Kunming. And it takes around 8 hours to as much as 26 hours for the flights. As for the price, the cheaper price for the flights is around US$ 455.
The train Z164 leaves Shanghai at 8:10pm every day and arrives in Lhasa at around 7:15 in the evening of the third day after 47 hours. And the journey covers around 4,373 kilometers which is the second longest of all among the routes to Lhasa.
Guangzhou is similar to Shanghai where there are no direct flights to Lhasa while 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 the ticket of the flight costs around US$ 455.
The train from Guangzhou to Lhasa departs at 11:45am every day and arrives in the capital of Tibet at 5:05pm on the third day, which takes more than 53 hours to get to Tibet and covers almost 5,000 kilometers, making it the longest of all the train journeys to Lhasa.
It is convenient for tourists to go to Lhasa from Chengdu because of the convenient transportation. There are a number of direct flights to Lhasa which take around 2 hours 15 minutes on average. As there are more than 15 flights a day from Chengdu to Lhasa, Chengdu is considered as one of the best airports from which to fly to Tibet with the short travel time. It is one of the best options for those whose time is limited to fly from Chengdu to Lhasa. Apart from the large number of the flights, the price is also relatively inexpensive, For example, an economy flight only costs around US$ 233.
The trains from Chengdu depart every other day at around 9:37pm, and arrive in Lhasa on the third day at around 9:55am after over 36 hours covering a distance of 3,070 kilometers across mainland China and Tibet. The trains from Chengdu are scheduled 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. Chengdu is regarded as one of the popular gateway cities to travel to Tibet.
Since there is no direct flight to from Hong Kong to Lhasa, you need to make a plan before the trip to Lhasa. First, one of the most popular ways is to take a flight to Chengdu where you can transfer to Lhasa by plane or by train. Secondly, you can get the train from Kowloon Station in Hong Kong SAR to Guangzhou directly and take the train to Tibet from Guangzhou, which covers almost 5,000 kilometers. And it must be an amazing journey.
Nepal is the only country in the world with direct international flights to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, which makes it a preferable entry point for many travelers from Malaysia.The flight only takes off from Kuala Lumpur international airport, and it only takes 4 hours to reach the capital airport in Nepal. There are more than ten direct flights to Nepal from Kathmandu every day, and an economy class ticket of which costs around $180 per person, making it the cheapest and easiest way into Tibet.
There are daily flights from the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu to Lhasa which are provided by Air China, Sichuan Airlines, and Tibet Airlines. The flight takes around 90 minutes, and costs around US$ 400 depending on the season. One of the advantages of the flight from Kathmandu is that it crosses the Himalayas and gives passengers a chance to enjoy the great view of Mount Everest.
As is known to many people, the overland tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa is considered as one of the most amazing journeys in Asia. The journey starts from Kathmandu crossing the mighty Himalayas and arrives at Gyirong port which is the international land border between Nepal and China. It’s convenient for you to take our tour bus to a village near Gyirong border and stay there for a night. After a good rest, you can cross the border next morning. And it takes around 7 to 8 hours to get to the border of Gyirong from Kathmandu.
Once on the other side of the border, you will pass through immigration at Gyirong Port and your guide and driver will be greeting you there. Then they will take you to the Gyirong Town in private cars to spend your first night on the plateau. You can have a good rest there before heading for the stunning capital, Lhasa. The most amazing sights in the world are along the route, including the mighty Mount Everest, the holy Lake Yamdrok. In addition, there are many monasteries and temples which symbolize Tibetan Buddhist religion. You can experience the essence of Tibetan culture and religion in Lhasa. And the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the famous Barkhor Street are famous places which is worth visiting.
An unforgettable journey to Tibet is waiting for you! Feel free to contact us and let us know your requirements, we will do most of the work for you, including booking hotels, train tickets, etc. if you need.What you need to do is just enjoying your holiday at the Roof of the World.
Besides the must-visit places in Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace and Barkhor Street, lots of Malaysian tourists like to go the Nyingchi during the Peach Blossom Festival period (Middle March to early April). Some of them fly directly from one of other Chinese cities to Nyingchi without going to Lhasa. For Malaysian Buddhists, a kora tour to the Mount Kailash is also indispensable, because the Mount Kailash is described as the most sacred mountain in the scriptures of Tibet Buddhism.
The Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are very popular tourist attractions in Tibet. For most tourists from Malaysia, April, May, June, September and October are the best five months for attending a Kailash Manasarovar tour. During this time, you could enjoy the continuous good weather and comfortable climates, and admire the most beautiful sceneries. Beside Mount Kailash, these five months are also the best time to see sunrise in the Mount Everest Base Camp.
If Malaysian tourists don’t have time to visit the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar during these five months, July and August can be their second options. Although these two months are rainy season, the temperature is good for taking a tour and the sceneries are beautiful.