Malaysia Travel Guide

Introduction to the country

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Things to Consider

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Best time to travel Malaysia 

Monsoon season: September – February with heaviest months varying by geographical location. In Borneo the rainfall peaks between November and February; the west coast between September and October; and the east coast between November and March. Flooding can impact lower areas while the highlands can have poor visibility. 

Dry season: March – October the humidity drops a bit and the skies clear up. 

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Covid-19 Updates

Restrictions within the country started to ease back in June 2020 but international borders remain closed with only a few exceptions. 

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Money

Official currency: RM Malaysian ringgit

Budget: Hostel dorms from $5 – $15 USD and a beer around $5 – $6 USD in a bar. With transportation and activities budgeting $35 UDS / day for a backpacker is reasonable and it goes up from there. 

Credit cards:  Common in KL and cities but smaller places  (even in the cities) will still want cash. 

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Where to go 

Suggested itineraries for traveling Malaysia

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Visas

Not required for stays less than 90 days for 63 countries

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

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Vaccines

None

**Recommendations are given assuming you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations for Malaysia travel specific to your country**

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Safety 

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

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Responsible Tourism

Know before you go so you can be the most respectful and responsible visitor possible

Things to keep in mind when traveling Malaysia:

  • There are some amazing animal sanctuaries in Malaysia but zoos and aquariums should be avoided. When you do participate in some animal tourism make sure that it’s with reputable conservation centers 
  • There is still a problem with poverty in Malaysia, moreso in the rural areas. Try to get out of the city and support homestays and local restaurants as well as get a glimpse into Malaysian life. Always shop locally and use local guides  
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Basic Info

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Official Languages: Malay

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A Closer Look