Situated just south of Thailand, Malaysia is a beach lover’s dream!
With white, pristine beaches flanked by forest clad-mountains, deep turquoise blue waters, bright-coloured corals and lush green rainforests, Malaysia is indeed, a tropical paradise.
Just imagine taking a dip in these crystal-clear waters or better yet, going snorkelling or scuba diving.
1 Malaysian ringgit equals 0.24 USD. Or in other words, 1$ buys you 4.10 Malaysian Ringgits.
The official language is Malay, but because this is a country famous for tourism, almost everybody speaks English, at least to a certain extent. You’ll have no problems getting around, speaking English.
Travelling to Malaysia is really easy for most people. Only a handful of countries in Asia require applying for a visa beforehand.
For European and North American countries though, you can get a visa upon arrival. It’s usually valid for 90 days and 30 days for a few countries. Just ensure your passport stays valid for at least six months after you land in Malaysia.
Best Time To Visit
Malaysia has high heat and humidity all year around, and there isn’t much of a difference between the seasons.
On the east coast of the peninsula, monsoon arrives in November-December and stays until mid-February.
On the west coast though, the rainy season lasts from April To October and is much milder as compared to the East Coast, and so the rain won’t dent your travel plans.
The takeaway here is that, because of the alternating monsoons, no matter when you visit, you’ll be able to go to the beach either on the West or on the East Coast.
What To Pack
Malaysia uses 240 V AC Electricity. Power sockets are three-pronged (Type G). Just take along a universal travel adapter, and you should be fine.
The weather will consistently be hot, humid and it will rain frequently. Remember to take light, breathable clothes, preferably cotton, and light colours. Also, make sure you remember to pack an umbrella or a raincoat.
Also, remember to dress modestly. Although the cities are fairly westernized, you’ll be probably be travelling to a bunch of rural areas as well. A Muslim majority country, you wouldn’t want to wear a bikini or crop-tops outside of the cities.
But do keep a swimming suit handy, if you want to go swimming or diving.
Is Malaysia Safe?
Most of Malaysia is very hospitable and amicable to tourists. However, you might want to stay clear of the Island Of Borneo because of a recent spate of kidnappings in the region.
In big cities, pickpocketing is a concern, so keep your belongings close.
Malaysia has all the transportation options one can expect, and it’s very cheap too. Ferries, buses, trains, and taxis will get you pretty much wherever you want to go.
The taxis are often unmetered, so be sure to settle on a fare before you get on the taxi.
Also, make sure you check out the trishaws which are basically rickshaws. They’re cheap, brightly coloured and offer up close and personal views of the city.
- Local buses cost about $0.60 per trip
- Taxis charge around $2-$5 for most trips
- Buses to and from major cities will fall in the range of $10-$15
- Trains in Kuala Lumpur are for about $3-$5.