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Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 7 - 10 days

Best Time: December - March Read More

Currency: Malaysian Ringgits (RM)

Budget: Moderately cheap

"Truly Asia"

Malaysia Tourism

Malaysia is actually Asia in true sense. The extremely diverse Malaysia is like two countries clubbed into one seperated in half by the South China Sea. While one side if Malaysia is peninsular region which constitutes of the bustling cities, modern towns, colonial buildings, tea plantations; the other side are the widespread jungles. The only thing that unites everything is the FOOD!

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Best time to visit Malaysia

December - March is the best time to visit Malaysia

The best time to visit Malaysia is between March to early October. When one can avoid the worst of the rains, and there is comparatively less humidity during this period. The weather in Malaysia is said to be hot and humid throughout the year with short spells of rain. The temperature in Malaysia usually varies from 21-degree centigrade to 32 degrees Celsius at the sea level. At the higher peak levels, you can expect lower temperatures and much colder weather. When you are planning to visit Malaysia, the first thing that you need to decide is which part of Malaysia you’re planning on visiting, i.e. the west coast or the east coast. The best travelling months will depend on the choice of your region and also the kind of activities that you are planning on enjoying. Malaysia barely has any seasonal changes because of the constant temperature but the coldest months are said to be from November to January.

Regions in Malaysia

Malaysia is located in South-east Asia and is primarily divided in two parts by the South China Sea. One being the Peninsular region which lies between south of Thailand and north of Singapore. This is the part where most of the touristy areas including Kuala Lumpur, Penang are located.  

The other region is part of another larger island which has parts of Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia located in it. The Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak are located in this part of Malaysia. 

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

The Asian cuisine, the mesmerizing islands and the natural beauty of this place.

What's Not So Great?

You would come across litterings and dirty corners or patches even in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of the cities in Malaysia are also somewhat littered in parts.

For Whom?

People who want to dig into Asian cuisine. Beach lovers. Adventure seekers. Family vacationers.

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Currency of Malaysia

The currency of Malaysia is Ringgit. Ringgit notes are available in the denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100. The coins are of the denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen. Tourists or Visitors do not get to see much of these coins as prices are usually rounded of to the nearest ringgit. At times, you will get some candies in return at some stores as businesses do not want to deal with the coins. Visa and mastercard are readily accepted here. Credit card fraud is a serious problem here so be attentive while using the card or giving it for swiping.

Exchanging Money in Malaysia

There is no restriction for a non resident to bring curreny into the country. It is legal. The amount of Ringgit a traveller can bring or take back is only up to USD 10,000 equivalent. Exchanging currency in Malaysia is realtively easy. Banks, licensed money changers and hotels offer currency exchange. Forex booths are very common and are found all across Malaysian cities.

Nightlife in Malaysia

Nightlife in Malaysia is quite vibrant and happening. It is a nocturnal hub of swanky bars, pubs, disco and posh rooftop bars. The nightlife is packed with a diverse range of people right from the enthusiastic locals to international travellers. The most fun part is that they all blend intothe Malaysian culture so well. The nightspots are very inviting and a combination of lively and friendly ambience with DJs playing the music till wee hours of the morning. There are multiple options of bar hopping along on the street named as Bukit Bintang.

Shopping in Malaysia

Malaysia is a shopaholic's dream with a variety of malls combined with beautiful street shops. Malaysia has got best on the both the hands. Shopping can be described as Malaysia's favourite activity right from the locals to tourists. Whether you want tp pick expensive brands or souvenirs from the boutique this place has it all. You can head to Central Market in KL, Petaling Street Market, Bejaya times square to swanky malls as The curve and Mid Valley Megamall.

Festivals of Malaysia

Malaysia is multi cultural and so are the festivals celebrated here. It is a melting pot of culture and festivals are celebrated here with much splendour and enthusiasm. It is a great opportunity as a traveller to witness and experience ways in which different cultures, traditions and religions have merged so beautifully in this place. The major festivals that celebrated here are Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid, Thaipusam and Wesak.

History of Malaysia

The region is very rich and diverse when it comes to history dating back to 13th century. The nation of Malaysia is only about 50 years old. For centuries port cities of Malaysia have served as important spots for spices and silk trade in the Indian ocean. Malacca was founded by Sumatran Prince and became the widest spread port in south-east Asia. The earlyÊArabÊtraders broughtÊIslamÊto Malaysia. The English administration in Malaysia lasted for 138 years until its independence in 1957.

Hygiene in Malaysia

Malaysia is by andÊclean, but you would notice places that are not so hygienic and clean. The corners on the not so famous street are left to be attended my flies. Also, if you are travelling from a colder region to here, there are chances that you might take 2-3 days to adjust because of the extremities in the climate. Malaysia by far is moderately hot. Street food from the stalls is usually not very hygienic.

Customs of Malaysia

When you are in Malaysia, it is advisable that you dress respectfully especially in rural areas. Avoid shorts or clothes that expose a lot of bodies. Covering your shoulders is recommended but not essential. However, when you are in major and bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur or Penang, the attitudes are more liberal. Also, it is best not to criticise the Malaysian government and formulate opinions and discuss with the locals. When entering a place of worship, always remove your shoes. Avoid using your left hand while eating food or offering gifts to someone. Public display of affection is not recommended especially in smaller towns. However, the big cities are more liberal. But it is best not to show any Public display of affection.

Tips for visiting Malaysia

1. Never point out forefinger. Always use the thumb. 2. Be careful while using credit cards because of frauds. 3. Do not touch elders head. It is considered rude. 4. Do not forget to carry an umbrella because of untimely showers.

Culture of Malaysia

Malaysia is a multi cultural society. The main ethnic group of this place are the Malays and a large number of Chinese and Indians. The country binds itself together with the popular cuisine. Malaysians are very family oriented people, and as a result, they have great importance for elders, unity and loyalty to everyone. Malaysian society in many ways is a traditional one. Malays, Chinese and Indians follow a certain rule of conduct and if as a traveller you are aware of it would do wonders. Malay is the local language here spoken by the residents. English is also spoken here. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. However, Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism are also found here.

Food of Malaysia

Malaysian cuisine is heavily influenced by Thai, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese cuisines. The multiracial community ofÊMalaysiaÊhas exposure to all these cuisines in one country and what could be more exciting. TheÊMalayÊcuisine is rich in spices like chillis, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, lemon grass and kafir. The speciality ofÊMalaysian cuisine is its vibrant and diverse flavour, various influences of the different cultures residing in Malaysia and its rich past. Few of the most famous Malaysian dishes are Nasi Dagang, Bakuteh,ÊHokkienÊMeh, Satay, Sang Har Noodles, Nasi Kandar and few more. The Malaysian street food is also delicious and full of surprises. There are food stalls found almost every where serving almost the same thing! Few of the popular dishes are Assam Laksa (noodle soup and fish), Rajak, Roti Kai and many others.

Stay options in Malaysia

Malaysia has hotels for all budgets. Right from the most luxurious ones to the backpacker's retreat, this country has got it all. There are few of the most luxurious hotels in Asia from JW Marriot to Shangri-La, to some of the most scenic resorts on the beach. There are medium ranged hotels as well which are also maintained and cleaned. However, cheap hotels could be disappointing. You can opt for Youth hostel or Homestays. AirBnB works great here, and you can find some of the best accommodations that the country has to offer.


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