Malaysia Travel Tips
VisaCitizens from 63 jurisdictions can enter Malaysia for 90 days without a visa, including all European Union countries, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, South Africa, etc.
Citizens from 95 jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mexico, can get a free entry to Malaysia for 30 days.
Nationals of Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, India, and so on can apply for e-Visa.
SpendingIn big cities, a breakfast or a supper costs about 5-8 RM. A meal in an upmarket restaurant costs about 15-30 RM.
CurrencyTravelers can exchange for Ringgit in any Money Exchanger, which is accessible in airports, shopping malls, and hotels. Most hotels charge extra fee for exchange. It is recommended to exchange currency in Kuala Lumpur before leaving for other cities, for the favorable exchange rate there.
Credit CardThe use of credit cards is common in the country; many stores accept credit card payment. However, it is better to prepare some cash in case of paying for small businesses.
TipsThere is no regulation of tips, but travelers can give 5-10 RM to express their contentment for the service. They don’t need to give tips at restaurants, because 6% government tax and 10% service tax are included in the bill.
AccommodationHotels do not provide toiletries, so travelers need to prepare toothbrush and toothpaste themselves.
Except upscale 5-star hotels, most hotels charge the fee in advance and require a deposit of about 25%-50% of the expense.
There are some home-transformed hotels where travelers can share information and experience with each other, and seek some advice about local custom from the owner. But this kind of hotel is less in quantity, so it is not easy to be found.
Hot HotelsLe Meridien Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Tune Hotel klia2, Kuala Lumpur
Eastern And Oriental Hotel, Penang
Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Penang
Hatten Hotel Melaka, Melaka
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu
Adya Hotel, Pulau Langkawi
FoodsTravelers can taste delicious foods from all over the world, such as Chinese, Indian and Portuguese food.
The staple food in the country is mainly rice, together with a kind of spicy shrimp paste. The dishes are mainly made of beef, chicken, and fish seasoned with chili and onion. The unique tastes of famous dishes in Malaysia, such as satay, sour shrimp, coconut milk rice, rojak, and hot and sour fish, gain popularity of travelers.
Hot RestaurantsChina Town (Jalan Petaling), Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur
Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh, Kota Kinabalu
Welcome Sea Food Restaurant, Kota Kinabalu
Kedai Kopi Yee Fung, Kota Kinabalu
Chung Hua Hainanese Chicken Rice, Melaka
Drinking WaterThe tap water is drinkable, but most people prefer bottled water or boiled water.
1. Pavilion Mall, Kuala LumpurLocated near the city center, the mall offers brands suitable for all walks of life and various delicious foods. With comfortable environment, it is one of the major sites of Kuala Lumpur.
Travelers can obtain a Pavilion Tourist Reward Card by their passports at the 3rd floor that is valid for 8 days. The staff will provide a manual with the latest discount information.
2. San Shu Gong, MelakaIt is a famous store selling local specialties, including Gula Melaka (palm sugar), durian cake, egg yolk puff, and sticky rice cake. Reserved orange having fabulous effects for sore throats is also a must try.
3. Central Market, Kota KinabaluIt is an agricultural products market selling a variety of sea fish, fruits, vegetables, and grilled fish and shrimp.
4. Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall, LangkawiIt is a shopping mall selling fashionable dresses, fine jewels, shoes, hand bags, watches, and glasses. There also are antique shops and souvenir shops.
5. Komtar, PenangIt is a 65-storey mansion recognized as a landmark of the city. The ground floor is the biggest shopping mall and the liveliest place of Penang. There is a supermarket selling local specialties at a low price.
6. Handicraft Market, Kota KinabaluAs the most famous market in Sabah, travelers can buy handicrafts made of shells and starfishes here. Pearls are also worth buying, for the low price and reliable quality.
1. Sabah Kaamatan Festival, May 30-31It is a celebration to express thanks for good harvests. There are outdoor parades and cultural performances during the festival, so it is a good time to travel to Sabah.
2. Merdeka Eve Celebration, August 30It is held on the day before the National Day with colorful songs and dances, spectacular firework shows, and performances by local artists.
At night, people will count down for the coming National Day and watch flag-raising ceremony. The song of “Merdeka” will resound through the skies.
3. National Day, August 31On the day there will be a grand celebration with various parades, performances, and contests held in major cities. Besides, the commercial buildings and houses will hang national flags on the roof.
Do’s and Don’ts1. Do not accept or deliver goods with the left hand, which is perceived of impoliteness.
2. Do not point at people with the right index finger.
3. Take off shoes when entering temples.
4. Males should wear a “songkok”, and females should wear long-sleeved coats and long pants when entering mosques.
5. Ask for permission before taking photos in temples and mosques.
6. Malaysians always give gifts to their guests, so travelers should accept them to show friendliness.
Phone CardMaxis, DIGI, and Celcom are the major telecommunication companies in Malaysia. Travelers can buy phone cards at airports, bus stations, and convenience stores and ask the shop assistant to switch the language and open internet service.
Network ServiceMost cafés, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls provide free Wi-Fi service.
Power OutletsPower outlet: Type G
Useful Telephone NumbersPolice: 999
Telephone directory assistance: 103
Emergency call: 000