Visiting a new country for a holiday can raise a few questions in the planning process. How is the weather? Will acquiring besim be possible for a short break? Do they speak English? Below are a few tips in order to have safe travel in Malaysia and to be one step ahead than the rest.
Malaysia is a unique travel experience that is much different from its neighbours. From the dense urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur to the pristine beaches of the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia is a beautiful and often underrated country. Spend the day with a traditional tribe or in a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or trek through the huge national parks of Gunung Mulu and Taman Negara, encountering incredible wildlife including tigers and orangutans. Make sure to head to Borneo, explore the jungle, and dive at Sipandan, one of the best dive locations in the world.
Weather and Packing:
If you are from the European region or from South East Asia, the weather can be a bit humid, so drinking a lot of water is suggested. Do pack sweat wicking apparel as they are your best bet. Bring minimal toiletries as it is easily available from local shops and also supermarkets. If you are travelling between March to April and October, November and December you can expect rainfall. Ensure you carry your raincoat, umbrella to avoid getting wet. If you are travelling to religious places, women should ensure that they do not wear skimpy clothes. Full length loose pants will also protect you from the heat of the sun. As the climate here is quite humid, it can play havoc with your hair so you can protect it with a scarf. Ensure you safeguard your mobile phone from theft with a phone bunjee. This will protect you phone against theft, damage or any loss. Also be sure to carry your power banks and solar power charger to keep your phone charged while travelling. Do not forget to carry your travel adapter plug, a step down voltage convertorjust in case your device is not designed for the local voltage (240V). Lastly use an accurate luggage scale to avoid paying extra baggage fees.
Airport and Local Transport:
Make sure always purchase a prepaid voucher from taxi stand in airport and avoid touts at all costs. Buses are the most economical and fastest modes of transport to choose when travelling within and to and from different cities. You can even take tickets online from redbus.
Communication and Connection:
English is widely spoken and food labels, sign on hawkers store, restaurant menus, etc. are all available in English. At the airport, Malaysia cellular providers – Maxis, Digi, Celcom, have set up shop. The network coverage is very good including in some of the remote areas of Malaysia.
Understand Malaysia’s Colonial roots:
Malaysia has undergone a diverse colonial history, falling into Portuguese, Dutch, and British hands before finally gaining independence. For a good understanding of this colonial influence, consider a visit to Malacca (or Melaka).