Malaysia Travel Guide
“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
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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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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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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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**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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Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
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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
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Official Languages: Malay
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