Malaysia is a tropical country in South-East Asia. It has borders with Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines. It consists of two parts; the peninsula Malaysia and the island of Borneo. In this article you’ll find practical information about Malaysia, as well as our highlights of this wonderful Asian country.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: 31,19 million
Language: Malay, English
Recommended vaccinations: MMR, DTP, Polio, Hepatitis, Typhoid
Visa: Most world citizens get a free visa upon arrival.
Malaysia is a hot, humid tropical country with temperatures from 21°C to 35°C. The rainy season is from April to August and October to December, and the east coast of the Malaysian peninsula has the monsoon between November and March. Most resorts and hotels have a swimming pool and in the big cities, almost every building has air-conditioning.
It rains almost every day in Malaysia. Mostly, this will take only one hour and only at the end of the afternoon. But, in general, the next day will be crystal clear and sunny.
Our top Highlights of Malaysia
Our top highlights of Malaysia are the following: Taman Negara, The old city of Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands. All of these highlights can be found here.
Means of payment
The Malaysian currency is the Ringgit (RM). 1 Ringgit is contains 100 Sen and is worth nowadays approximately $0,24. The cash notes exist in the values 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000, but paying with a bill of 100 or higher will get some trouble, because most places can’t change this.
Transport in Malaysia
The most used means of transport is the bus, and the network is very dense. You can also use the two railway lines which cross the country, or the airplane, which is more expensive. The road network is rather limited but air transport is very developed and the river network is often used, although it is slow. The condition of the highways crossing the country from North to South is satisfactory. The regular road network has variable conditions but it is acceptable on the whole.
Malaysia is one of the most expensive destinations in South-East Asia, but still very affordable. You could easily get by with 30 dollars a day. (based on two persons). You can make it as expensive as you want. The prices of food and drinks vary greatly, depending on the place you go. Also, instead of taking taxis everywhere, you could easily take the much cheaper bus. Hotels are available from 40 RM (10 dollar) for a private double room with bathroom to 120 RM (28 dollar). Here are links for discounts on Booking.com and AirBnB. How much you spend in Malaysia is up to you!