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MALAYSIA            Far East Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

A land of many cultures, Malaysia is home to many beautiful beaches, islands and ancient rain forests. Located just north of the Equator, Malaysia and its multicultural society, offers the opportunity of meeting warm and friendly people, sampling their rich heritage. Enjoy world-class facilities, sports, shopping facilities and mouth-watering delicacies well known to the country.

The cosmopolitan capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to the World’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers, and other spectacular architectural styles amongst many traditional Malaysian buildings.

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It is the Peninsula that seems to attract the most visitors, probably because of the diversity it offers in the way of people, activities and climates. The highland regions offer cool relief from the clinging humidity of the mainland, while Langkawi is the popular choice for sand and surf enthusiasts. The east coast, particularly the northern Kelantan province, offers the chance for an interesting cultural exploration of traditional Malay life. The city of Kota Bharu and its surrounds is possibly the most fascinating part of the peninsula, and the least visited, with a remote beauty and rich culture. The west coast is favoured for historical interest, and is where Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur is to be found, the icon of Asian prosperity and the meeting point for Expats and city slickers who enjoy the energy of urban life. The city is a powerful mesh of tradition and technology, vying for equal status.

                                                           
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WEATHER    Back to top

Malaysia has a tropical, humid climate with temperatures averaging 86°F (30°C), though it is cooler in the highland areas. The major change in seasons is marked by the arrival of the monsoons that bring with it heavy downpours on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the north-eastern part of Sabah and the western end of Sarawak (from November to February). Boat trips to the islands do not run during the height of the monsoon. The best time to visit Malaysia is between April and October.

Kuala Lumpur

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

161

170

231

276

196

126

128

141

195

267

281

228

Rainfall (inches)

6.4

6.7

9.1

10.9

7.7

4.9

5.0

5.6

7.7

10.5

11.1

9.0

Min Temp (°C)

23

23

23

24

24

23

23

23

23

23

23

23

Max Temp (°C)

32

32

33

32

32

32

32

32

32

32

31

31

Min Temp (°F)

73

73

73

75

75

73

73

73

73

73

73

73

Max Temp (°F)

90

90

91

90

90

90

90

90

90

90

88

88



GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Main Regions & Cities
Kuala Lumpur                                  Hill Resorts
Sabah                                             Sarawak
The Islands

Time: GMT +8.

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin plugs are used.

Money:
The Malaysian Ringit (MYR), also referred to as the Malaysian Dollar, is divided into 100 sen. Malaysian banks charge in the region of US$2-3 for foreign exchange transactions. Moneychangers are generally quicker to deal with and do not charge commission; their rates however are variable. Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks and some hotels. All major credit cards are accepted at upmarket hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely available.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

MYR 1.00 =

USD 0.27

GBP 0.15

CAD 0.31

AUD 0.37

ZAR 1.95

EUR 0.21

NZD 0.45

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

                                                           

Language: Bahasa Melayu is the national language, but English is widely spoken and is the language of business. Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka are spoken by Malaysia’s Chinese population and Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi among the Indian population.

Passport/Visa Note: Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay. All travellers require a return or onward ticket, and sufficient funds (at least US$500). Entry will be refused to those of a 'hippy' appearance and foreign women who are six months pregnant or more. Dual nationality is not recognised in Malaysia and those found holding two passports of different nationalities may be refused entry; it is advisable to enter Malaysia on the passport on which you exited your last country of departure.

Health: Some tropical illnesses are prevalent in Malaysia and travellers should seek medical advice regarding any recommended vaccinations before travelling. Hepatitis A and B are common, as is dengue fever, which has no vaccination or immunisation. There has been an increase in cases of dengue fever since January 2005. Malaria risks are isolated to the inland regions; the exception is Sabah, where there is an all-year risk. Since April 2005 there has been a severe outbreak of typhoid in Kelantan, and in July 2006 an outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease occurred in Sarawak. Dysentery and travellers' diarrhoea afflict travellers in Malaysia; visitors should stick to bottled water and avoid uncooked meat, fish and vegetables, unpeeled fruit, ice and salads. A further health hazard in Malaysia is air pollution, particularly in Kuala Lumpur, which has the worst air quality in Asia with very high Benzene pollution levels. This could aggravate cardiac or respiratory problems. There were outbreaks of bird flu in 2004 in poultry in the Kelantan State, but no human infections have been reported. Although the risk is very low, travellers should avoid contact with domestic, caged or wild birds and ensure that poultry and egg dishes are well cooked. The hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and other cities are of a high standard. Medical insurance is recommended. Travellers older than one year coming from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Malaysia holiday
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Tipping: Although tipping is not customary in Malaysia, the more expensive hotels and restaurants add a 10 % service charge to their bills and further gratuity is unnecessary. All hotel rooms are subject to a 5% government tax, though many cheaper hotels quote a price inclusive of this tax.

Safety: Malaysia shares with the rest of South East Asia a threat from terrorism, including places frequented by Westerners. The US State Department updated its warning in November 2003 and stressed extra caution in the troubled eastern Malaysia state of Sabah, where the risk of kidnapping is high. Terrorists are believed to be planning to kidnap foreign tourists from the islands and coastal areas of Eastern Sabah and boats travelling to dive sites and between the islands are possible targets. Tourists wishing to visit the resorts and islands in the state should stick to larger resorts and exercise extreme caution. Visitors should be aware that street crime such as bag snatching, pick-pocketing and scams are a problem.

Customs: It is customary to remove shoes before entering homes and places of worship. When eating or exchanging money, the right hand is used. Arms and legs should be covered when visiting places of worship.

Communications: The international access code for Malaysia is +60. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). International Direct Dial is available throughout the country, but the service can be erratic. Hotels can add a hefty surcharge to their telephone bills; it is best to check before making long international calls. Coin and card-operated public phones are widespread, and phone cards can be purchased at the airport, petrol stations and newsagents. Cards are not transferable between phone companies: Uniphone and Telekom phone boxes are the most common. Mobile networks cover most of the country; the local mobile phone operators use GSM networks, which are compatible with most international phones. Internet cafes are widely available in tourist areas.

Duty Free: Travellers to Malaysia do not have to pay customs duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g tobacco; 1 litre wine, spirits or malt liquor; 100 matches; cosmetic products to the value of RM200; up to three new items of clothing and one pair of footwear; one portable electrical or battery-operated appliance for personal hygiene; food preparations to the value of RM75; souvenirs and gifts to the value of RM200 (with the exception of goods from Langkawi and Labuan, to the value of RM500). Prohibited items include goods from South Africa and Israel, counterfeit money, and illegal drugs.

                                                           
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