About Malaysia

Malaysia is a country located in Asia. It was founded on August 31, 1957.

History [Founded on August 31, 1957] • Capital [Kuala Lumpur] • Government [Constitutional monarchy] • Currency [Riggit (MYR)] • Language [Malay (official), English (official for some purposes), Chinese languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew, Hakka, Hainanese, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, and Thai] • Religion [ Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism] • Electricity [230V/50Hz] • Time Zone [UTC+8] • Country Code [+60] • Internet TLD [.my] • Emergencies [Dial 999] • Government Work Days (Sunday-Thursday), Week End starts from Friday-Saturday

Malaysia Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Malaysia and find the best things to see, do and experience in Malaysia even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers
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Penang

penang

Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Cameron Highlands - Tea Plantation

Mount Kinabalu

mount kinabalu

Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands

 

Map

Tipping

Restaurant –  No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – RM20-RM30 per day per person
Hotel –  No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Malaysian Dollar or Ringgit : MYR with symbol RM
Malaysian Dollar Notes denominations (RM): 1, 5, 10, 50, 100
Malaysian Dollar Coin denominations (sen): 1, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa, Visa and American Express are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. in us dollars recommended

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0915-1630

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 999

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.