Welcome to Malaysia
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Dialing code: +60
Population: 31.53 million (2018) World Bank
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is also part of Borneo’s Island. It’s well-known for its beautiful beaches and rain-forests. Malaysia is multi-cultural and has a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. Kuala Lumpur is famous for its shopping malls in Bukit Bintang, skyscrapers, and the Petronas Twin Towers (411m) that remain the tallest twin tower in the world.
The official language of Malaysia is Malay or Bahasa, which is spoken in the whole of the country. Luckily, English is widely spoken compare to most countries in Asia and it is quite easy to move around.
Malaysia and Singapore share almost the same festivals and traditions, but Malaysia definitely has its own flair. From brightly colored street festivals to religious days, the country has a lot to celebrate with its own cultural heritage. (Deepavali, Thaipusam, Holi color, Hari Raya, Chinese new year, Vesak day)
Best Time to Go
Malaysia experiences high heat and humidity all year-round, and there isn’t a lot of distinction between the seasons. The monsoon season starts in November/December, until mid-February, and during this time, islands on the East Coast like the Perhentian will be closed until mid-march.
Travel in Malaysia is pretty affordable. It may be a little pricier than some other countries in South-east Asia but cheaper than Europe. If you’re happy sleeping in a hostel and eating street food, you can easily get by on $15 a day.
At the same time, If you wish to get a nicer hotel and a few gourmet meals. You probably will need to budget your vacation around $30 to $40 per day.
First time in Malaysia
The first time I entered Malaysia was in 2008. I took a boat from “Satun” in Thailand to Langkawi, a duty-free island located in the North of the country. Backpacking all over Asia has always been a dream and I could not be happier to discover a new country.
Finding a hotel is not always as easy as it sounds. I personally never bothered reserved anything in advance, and just go with the flow. However, if you prefer to make sure that you have a roof over your head you could try “Hostelworld”.
I have now been living in Kuala-Lumpur for almost three years, and the good thing about living in Malaysia is that we are located in the center of Asia. With that in mind, It is very easy and also affordable to fly to our neighbor’s country for only a few dollars.
In January 2020, we flew from Kuala-Lumpur to Krabi (Thailand) and paid a $50 return for both of us. How is it possible to pay $12 only! For less than two hours of flight, outside the country? That’s incredible!
THINGS TO DO:
From the busy city of Kuala-Lumpur to beautiful beaches on the West coast of the country, Malaysia has a lot to offer do.
Tourism is a central focus in Kuala Lumpur and as such there are a huge variety of attractions for visitors and things to do, ranging from the more traditional to the more modern depending on what you are looking for.
There are temples, mosques, and churches to reflect the diversity of the city, the Petronas twin towers, local markets, and street food (also call Mamak) that you will definitely become addicted to.
Not to mention that as soon as the borders open, we will travel to our neighbor’s country such as Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Obviously, there is a lot of things to do in each country you will visit, and we will collect all this information for you to help you organize your journey.
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WHERE TO STAY
Finding a place to stay is not always easy and it will also depend on your budget. Backpackers will looking for the cheapest accommodation possible and will not mind sleeping in a dorm with another 10 people.
At the same time, if you are traveling with your loved one you may want to book something more cozy and romantic. Finally, if you are traveling with children you probably will need something more spacious and maybe with a swimming pool.
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BEST PLACES TO EAT
My wife and I decide to hunt for the best cafes & restaurants in Malaysia, starting with Kuala-Lumpur. In comparison, you could go on TripAdvisor and find what you are looking for, but when you can watch a video about it is even better.
We have found really-good gems around the city and if you own a cafe or a restaurant and would like us to promote your business, do not hesitate to contact us.
On the other hand, if you are a traveler, and want to share a hidden place that you think is worth for us to visit, comment it below.
Get the right Gear straight from the beginning! Don’t waste your money…
When I started traveling, I was clueless about how to pack and how to choose the right gear. After years of traveling and living as nomads, I have learned a lot more about gear, mostly through trial and error. As an experienced traveler, I seek great value, durability, and high-quality products when I purchase my travel gear. Remember that cheap stuff will not last very long and that you will waste your time & money if you do not invest in the right gear.
Things You Need To Know Before you enter Malaysia
Malaysia enjoys tropical weather all year round. However, due to its proximity to water, the climate is very humid. Despite this, the weather is quite hot and, temperatures range from a mild 25°C to 35°C average throughout the year. For this reason, it is primordial to get prepared and to do not forget the essentials on your check-list.
While getting sick on the road cannot be prevented, there are a couple of things you can do the minimize the risk. Depending on what regions you have traveled to before and your home country, you might need vaccinations before coming to Malaysia. (Especially with the Covid-19). We would strongly advise you to visit your nearest clinic for at least six months before traveling to Malaysia or any country.
2. Visa requirement
Malaysia has an easy immigration process for travelers compared to most countries in Southeast Asia. In January 2020, 63 nationalities were able to enter Malaysia visa-free for 90 days. On top of that, there are another 97 nationalities who can enter Malaysia visa-free for 30 days. However, 30 nationalities are still required to obtain a visa in advance before entering the country. With that in mind and to avoid any issues at the immigration it is best to check in advance which policy applies to you. Check here
3. Internet & Wifi are widely available
If there is one thing that you will not have to worry about here is finding the internet. It is available everywhere. Hostels, hotels, cafes, shopping malls, and airports offer pretty good connection. However, if you don’t want to rely on WiFi networks to find an internet connection, you can also use a prepaid sim card. They are affordable and cost around 20-50 MYR depend on the plan you pick.
If you plan on using WiFi connection on your trip, it might be smart to get a VPN with you.