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“Dynamic cities, fabulous food, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and national parks with wildlife-packed rainforests – all of this can be found in Malaysia.” – Lonely Planet

Malaysian Borneo orangutan

Basic Info

Drinking water: Not safe to drink from the tap

Plugs: Type G (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Updated Oct 21, 2021

Quarantine for all arriving passengers at their own expense – 7 days for full vaccinated and 10or non vaccinated. 

Must present a negative test upon arrival (taken within 72 hours prior to departure) and a screening test upon arrival. 

Must undergo a health assessment upon arrival 

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. 

Tipping: Not customary 

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.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

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

Language

Official Languages: Malay

How are you?: apa kabar (apah ka-bar)     

Goodbye: Selamat jalan (s’la-mat zha-lan)

Thank-you: Terima kasih (te-ree-mah ka-seh)

Yes: Ya (yah)      No: Tidak (tee-dak)

When to go

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. 

Responsible Travel

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, more so 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.  

Malaysia travel guides 

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