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Introducing Malaysia

Sure, Malaysia's tourism scene is often overshadowed by Thailand to the north. But guess what? Just like its more popular neighbor, Malaysia has the same type of tropical blue idyllic beaches with lush jungles climbing up soaring beach-side cliffs. 

Plus, Malaysia has a distinct culture (actually, more like three of them!) to boot. And all of this can be explored without pushing through the same crowds of holiday visitors that you'll find in the more popular Southeast Asian destinations.


Language: English is fairly widely spoken in most parts of Malaysia, particularly by those who work in the tourism industry. However, if you want have a more immersive experience, why not bring along a Malay phrasebook with you?

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit ($1 = ~4.36 ringgit).

Credit Cards & ATMs: Major hotels and restaurants in the cities accept debit/credit cards, but you would need to shell out cash when paying for taxis, souvenirs and street food. ATMs widely available. 

Plugs: Type G, 240V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: Other than petty theft and taxi drivers trying to rip-off tourist passengers--both of which are common types of crime that can be avoided if you're careful and attentive enough, Malaysia is a very safe place to visit. Still, it is a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination.

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  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Penang
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Melaka

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If you're planning to visit Malaysia's west coast (e.g. Penang), then anytime between December to February would be good. On the other hand, if the east coast (e.g. Perhentian and Tioman Island) is your target destination, it's best to plan your trip between the months of May to September.

Malaysia Trivia and Facts

  • Kuala Lumpur's famous Petronas Towers, standing at 1,483 ft each, were considered the world's tallest buildings up until 2004.
  • Did you know that Borneo is actually the third largest island in the world?
  • The Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in Putrajaya is the biggest roundabout in the world with a diameter of 3.5 km!


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What to Pack for Malaysia


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Driving in Malaysia

Malaysia drives on the left hand side of the road. When deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.

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