Malaysia Travel Tips

Currency
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM, which is equivalent to 100 cents. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen. Currency notes are in RM 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be converted to Malaysian Ringgit at banks or authorized money changers throughout the country.

Telephone
Local calls can be made from public phones, whether coin or card operated. International calls can be made from phone booths with card phone facilities or at any Telecom offices. All CureOnTour Accommodations have Skype installed to allow you to speak with your family and friends for free.

Business Hours
The country runs on a normal eight hours a day system with Saturday as half day and Sunday as a day of rest. In the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah, Friday is a day of rest with Thursday as half days. Department Stores and supermarkets are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tipping
Tipping is not a way of life in Malaysia, but is fast becoming one.

What to Wear 

  • Malaysia has a warm tropical climate throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 75-95 F and humidity between 60 and 70%
  • Because Malaysia has a warm tropical climate similar to Florida and Southern California, cotton and linen clothes are the most sensible choices. Regardless, be sure to pack light weight fabrics.
  • As a foreigner, you should dress more conservatively until you are sure certain of the degree of formality expected.

Electrical Supply
Electric supply is on a 240-volt 50-cycle system.

Newspapers
English Language newspapers are available i.e. The New Straits Times, The Star, Business Times, Malay Mail, Daily Express, Sabah Daily News and Sarawak Tribune. International newspapers can be obtained at most bookshops and newsstands. Several dailies in other languages include Utusan Melayu, Berita Harian, Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Wit Daily and Tamil Nesan. There are also weeklies, such as the Leader and Straits Shipper.

Local Touch
Food hawkers selling traditional and local delicacies make up the everyday scenes in big or small towns throughout the country. One can try "teh tarik", a smoothened, creamed tea, and "roti canai", a fluffy pancake prepared by a local person of Indian Muslim ancestry. Spicy Malay food, such as "nasi lemak" and various kinds of Chinese noodles are also popular. People from all walks of life frequent these food stalls. Please read more on out "About Malaysia" Section.

As Malaysia is a multi-religious country, various Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and Christian churches can be found almost anywhere. Despite the many changes and developments in the cities and big towns, Malaysia has many "kampung" (villages), jungles, beaches, and rice fields. Many houses in the "kampung" are built on stilts. Batik cotton fashion is popular in Malaysia . It can be used for casual wear, as well as formal functions. Please read more on out "About Malaysia" Section.

Climate
With a temperature that fluctuates little throughout the year, travel in Malaysia is a pleasure. Average temperature is between a tropical 70°F (21°C) and 90°F (32°C). Rain tends to occur between November to February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak, and north-eastern Sabah. On the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia the rainy season is April to May and October to November. Please read more on out "About Malaysia" Section.

Travel documents and requirements

  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of six months and three months beyond intended stay.
  • Tickets and documents for return or onward travel.
  • No Visa required for stay up to three months for most counties.

Flight Arrangements

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