About Malaysia

Malaysia, located in South-West Asia, is divided into two regions: peninsular Malaysia, bordered by Thailand and Singapore, with several mountain ranges, and the provinces of Eastern Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo, 700 km from the Sea of South China, dominated by jungle and an extensive fluvial net.
The diverse and fascinating culture of Malaysia is one of its main attractions. As a background to a vibrant fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures and customs, there are fantastic rainforests, mountains, beautifull islands and colourful beaches in gold and turquoise

Capital

Kuala Lumpur

Official language

 Malaysian and English

Money

Official Currency – Ringgit (MYR)

• Credit and ATM cards – ATMs are widely scattered in all cities and most of them accept Visa, Mastercard and other cards. It is a bit more complicated to find them in rural areas. Money can be exchanged in almost all commercial banks and Exchange Companies often found in touristic areas, shopping malls and airports. You can find a better exchange rate outside the airports, KL Sentral Station and hotels. However, it may be difficult to get cash out of the main sights. Credit cards are accepted in almost all restaurants, hotels, and shopping centers.

Climate 

From December to February and from May to August are the best times to visit Malaysia. However rainfall can occur in these months too, but the probability is lower. The month with the least rainfall is in July.
From March to April and from September to November are the rainiest months in Kuala Lumpur. Although it is very difficult to avoid rain, which occurs throughout the country, throughout the year, it is possible to visit Malaysia practically all year round.
Because it is located near the equator, Malaysia has a humid and hot climate, with temperatures ranging between 20ºC and 30ºC and with a humidity close to 90%.
If you want to visit the beaches, keep in mind that there are differences between the west and east coast:
On the west coast, from May to October (rainy season), the rains are moderate, with brief thunderstorms during the afternoon.
On the eastern coast, the rains are very intense in the months of November to February, so it will be better to avoid the visit.

Visa

Citizens wishing to travel to Malaysia must be holders of a passport with a minimum period of validity of 6 months upon entry into the country.
Depending on the country of origin, visa requirements vary. Its recommended to consult the Malaysian embassy in your country to confirm the required conditions.

Main Airports

· Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)

· Penang International Airport (PEN)

Timezone

 GTM +8

 Telecommunications and Internet

• Country Code Phone Number +60

• Internet – It is quite easy to access Wi-Fi for free almost everywhere. Internet access is more difficult in the less developed areas and in the more remote areas of the Peninsula and in Malaysian Borneo.

Religion 

The Malaysian Constitution allows freedom of religion. The official and dominant religion is Islam.

Health

It is recommended to always drink bottled water, eat fruit that has been previously peeled or cooked, avoid ice in drinks and avoid raw or undercooked meat and fish.

In addition to routine vacines, the following are usually recommended:
• Hepatitis A
• Japanese Encephalitis
• Rabies
• Typhoid fever
• Yellow fever

There is no risk of malaria in coastal and urban areas.
Malaria prophylaxis (Mefloquine, Malarone or Doxycycline) is especially recommended in rural areas of Malaysian Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah provinces) and in the less developed and inland areas of peninsular Malaysia.

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