ABOUT MALAYSIA. TRULY ASIA.
know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. A bubbling,
bustling melting pot of races and religions
where Malays, Chinese and Indians and many other
ethnic groups live in peace and harmony.
has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical
paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to
hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder
that we love celebrating and socialising. As a
people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and
Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its
culture. There are two parts to the country, 11
states in the peninsula of Malaysia and two
states on the northern part of Borneo. Cool
hideaways are found in the highlands that roll
down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid
Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme
contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon
wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star
hotels sit several metres away from ancient
the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic
cultures and natural wonders, the time is now,
the place is Malaysia.
Area 329,758 sq km
Population 25 million
Language : Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the
national language but English is widely spoken.
Religion : Islam is the official religion
but all other religions are practiced freely.
Climate : Malaysia has an equatorial climate
with uniform temperatures throughout the year.
Temperatures range from 89.6°F (32°C) during the
day to 71.6°F (22°C) during the night. It is
slightly colder in the hill country. Malaysia's
seasons follow the seasonal winds, which splash
rains inland from September to December on the
peninsular, only to be overtaken by sunshine
within the hour. Rains arrive later, between
October and February, on the east coast of
Peninsular Malaysia and in Sabah and Sarawak.
Rainfall averages 85.8 inches (220 centimetres)
a year. Average Temp 89.6°F to 71.6°F (32°C to
Time : Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours
ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.
Tipping : Most hotels and restaurant levy a
10% service charge and 5% government sales tax
on bills and tipping is not customary. However,
should you want to show your appreciation for
good service, a small tip will be suffice.
Shopping : All purchases are done in
Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Major credit cards are
accepted in most dining and retail outlets.
Hypermarkets, supermarkets and most retail
outlets have fixed prices for their goods, which
are displayed on the products. However,
bargaining is acceptable at selected retail
outlets and is most common at night markets (pasar
malam), or at bazaars. Shopping centres operate
from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm with extended hours
during sales and festive seasons.
Dining : Most eateries operate until late
night. However, selected eateries are open 24
hours. Most Malaysians enjoy their meals using
their fingers and adventurous visitors may
choose to do so. However, it is perfectly normal
to request for cutlery.
Insurance : Visitors are strongly advised to
obtain adequate insurance coverage before
traveling to Malaysia.
Getting There : Set in the heart of
Southeast Asia, Malaysia is easily accessible
from most parts of the world by air, surface and
sea links. The state-of-the-art Kuala
Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main
gateway into the country. The newly-opened Low
Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) is situated 20km
from the main terminal building.
Currency : Exchange rate - the official
Malaysian currency is Ringgit (RM) with the USD
rate of exchange is 1 USD = 3.5 RM.
Safety : Malaysia is a relatively safe
country. However, visitors are advised to take
certain precautionary measures to ensure their
Electricity : Voltage is 220-240 volts AC at
50 cycles per second.
Dress: Lightweight clothing is ideal with
sweatshirts for the high land areas. A shirt,
jacket and tie is normal office attire and is
appropriate for business. Shorts, miniskirts,
sleeveless garments for women are not advisable,
especially in the rural areas.
Health: Travellers have little to worry
about in a country where the health standards
are ranked among the highest in Asia. Water in
cities is generally safe for drinking but it is
safest to drink it boiled. Bottled drinks and
mineral water are also widely available. Ensure
that food is well cooked. Tap water in the hotel
is potable and if desired, may be boiled prior
to consumption using the facilities provided
valid passport or other travel documents
recognised by the Malaysian government are
required by all nationals referred to in the
chart above. The former must have enough pages
for the embarkation stamp upon arrival and be
valid for at least six (6) months at date of
entry. The latter should be endorsed with a
valid re-entry permit. If not in possession of a
passport or travel document, a document in lieu
of passport must be obtained from any Malaysian
Representation Office. Holders of travel
documents such as a certificate of identity, a
Laisser Passer, a Titre de Voyage or a country’s
certificate of residence must ensure guarantee
of return to country that issued the documents
or the national’s country of residence.
nationalities do not require visas for social or
business visits. For further information, please
contact the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission
or Tourism Malaysia office.
Countries That Requires Visa: Afghanistan
(Visa With Reference), Angola, Bhutan, Burkina
Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, China,
Colombia, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic,
Congo Republic, Cote D'ivoire, Djibouti, Equat.
Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Hong
Kong (C/I or D/I), India, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar
(normal passport), Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Serbia
& Montenegro, Taiwan, United Nations (Laissez
Passer), Western Sahara
Commonwealth Countries That Requires Visa:
Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Israel & Yugoslavia : Require to apply
Approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs
before entering Malaysia.
Visa Note (a)
Nationals may still require a pass upon arrival,
even if they are permitted to enter Malaysia
visa-free. (b) Foreign women who are at least
six months pregnant (unless in transit) may be
denied entry. (c) All visitors must have proof
of adequate funds and an onward or return sea or
Click here for a detailed list of countries whose
citizens require/do not require a visa upon
arrival in Malaysia.
referred to in the detailed list attached are
advised to contact the nearest Malaysian embassy
to check visa requirements.
Getting Here & Around
National Air Carriers
destinations in Malaysia & South East Asia
destinations in Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand
are 44 airlines operating at Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur International
is 1 hours drive from the capital city of Kuala
Lumpur and 20 min drive to the new Government
administrative centre - Putrajaya. For a live-in
environment an 80 room Airside Transit Hotel is
located within the Satellite Building in KLIA
for the travel-weary transit passengers to rest
and refresh themselves. In addition, a 441-room
Five Star Hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel KLIA, is
available within walking distance from the
airport terminal building.
Airport Council International's Airport Service
Quality (ASQ) Awards 2006
World's Best Airport in the 15-25 million
passengers per annum category
3rd Best Airport Worldwide and Best Airport in
Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)
is specifically built at KL International
Airport to cater to the growing passengers of
Low Cost Airlines, especially the passengers of
Malaysia's first 'no-frills' airline, Air Asia
serving Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia,
Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and
Macau. It is located 20km away from the KLIA
Main Terminal Building (MTB).
Other airports with international linkages
are Langkawi, Penang, Tioman, Redang and the
East Malaysia cities of Kuching and Kota
country has a well-developed and efficient and
public transportation system served by buses,
taxis and trains.
Kuala Lumpur, the Putra and STAR Light Rail
Transit (LRT), KL Monorail and KTM Komuter trains
(www.kiat.net/malaysia/KL/transit.html) provide regular and hassle-free
accessibility within the city as well as to
several outlying towns. The KL Sentral
Station, situated 1.5km from the city
center, is a modern transportation hub which
converges various modes of transportation.
Car rental agencies can be found in most
cities around the country.
Taxis : In Kuala Lumpur, taxi fares are
based on a metered rate and are available 24
hours a day. The flag-off rate is RM2.00 and 10
cents is charged for every subsequent 150 metres.
Extra charges apply for services after midnight
or for services booked by phone.
Buses : In Kuala Lumpur, bus services such
as RapidKL, City Liner and Metrobus ply a
network of routes. Feeder buses are available
from LRT stations to designated surrounding
areas. There is also an airport coach service
which connects KLIA to the Jalan Duta Bus
Terminal and Chan Sow Lin LRT Station in Kuala
main bus depot is the Puduraya Bus Station.
Hire & Drive: Upon arrival at the Airport
waiting area, you will find a number of car
rental companies. They offer competitive car
rental services both on short and long term.
KTM Rail Services : The Keretapi Tanah
Melayu (KTM) or Malayan Railway offers a
well-connected rail network to all states in
Peninsular Malaysia as well as neighbouring
countries. Tickets can be purchased at KL
KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit : The KLIA
Ekspres and KLIA Transit are the fastest modes
of transport that ply between the Kuala Lumpur
International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, and the
non-stop 28-minute ride on the KLIA Ekspres will
connect you from the airport to the KL City Air
Terminal (KLCAT) at the KL Sentral Station. This
state-of-the-art transportation hub offers
flight and baggage check in services for
Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Royal