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Malaysia Facts & Travel Guide


About the country
Malaysia is situated at just north of the Equator, between Thailand and Singapore. Malaysia is a federation of 13 states, with 11 on the Malaysian Peninsula and state of Sabah & Sarawak (East Malaysia) in Borneo with a population of just over 29 million people, low cost of living and with a tropical climate throughout the year. Malaysia is a favorite destination for travelers the over the world.

Malaysia is a multicultural society. One of the first places you'll notice in this society is the smiling faces of those waiting to greet you. Malaysia is truly a racial melting pot forms up with Malay, Indian, Chinese, and smaller ethnic groups living together with respectful harmony.
Malaysian cultural heritage adds spice and colour to every aspect of life here; from various religion and festival, to the culinary tradition and architecture.

Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia)
West Malaysia is full of heritage architectures, beaches, hill resort, & modern city.
The more developed area of Peninsular Malaysia are states of Kedah, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and two federal territories, which are the Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur and the new administrative centre of Putrajaya.
East Coast is made up of the states of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu where they produce more glittering tropical jewels. South Coast comprises of just one state, Johor, which is next to Singapore.

Borneo (East Malaysia)
East Malaysia essentially comprises of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan.
The majority of the population in Sabah and Sarawak are the indigenous tribes like the Kadazan Dusun and the Ibans. It is the warm hospitality of them that makes East Malaysia so satisfying.
Both Sabah and Sarawak are well known for their unexploited thriving rainforests. Labuan, is an island off the coast of Sabah and is better known as the offshore financial center of Malaysia.

Eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time.

Malaysia has a tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures range from 21°C to 32°C. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the period of stay. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information, please check with the nearest Malaysian Mission or Tourism Malaysia office in your country. Alternatively browse or

The unit of currency is Malaysian Ringgit, which is indicated as RM. Money can be exchanged at banks or Money Changers found in airport and major shopping centers. 
Notes in circulation: RM100, RM50, RM10, RM5, RM1
Coins in circulation: 50 sen, 20 sen, 10 sen, 5 sen, 1 sen
The exchange rate please refers to:-
Travelers  cheques and most credit cards are accepted at all hotels, major department stores and restaurants. ATM’s are also readily available and, subject to your card, you can withdraw cash in local currency.

Malaysia doesn’t have a tipping culture (most hotels and restaurants levy a 10% service charge and 6% government sales tax on bills), but you can leave any amount if you feel inclined.

What to Wear
Light summer clothes are best to suit the warm, humid climate. Sandals or walking shoes are necessary for rainforest trails. When visiting mosques & places of worship it is polite to cover your shoulders and knees.

240V and a UK flat 3 pin plug is used.

Malay, English & Mandarin is widely spoken.

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