To 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. www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my


Multiculturalism 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 friendly.



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 mangroves.


One of 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 reefs.


For 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 89.6F (32C) during the day to 71.6F (22C) 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 89.6F to 71.6F (32C to 22C)

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 safety.

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 in-room.



A 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 countrys certificate of residence must ensure guarantee of return to country that issued the documents or the nationals country of residence.



Most 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 Special 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 air ticket.


Click here for a detailed list of countries whose citizens require/do not require a visa upon arrival in Malaysia.


Nationals not referred to in the detailed list attached are advised to contact the nearest Malaysian embassy to check visa requirements.

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Getting Here & Around

National Air Carriers

Malaysia Airlines www.malaysiaairlines.com

>100 destinations worldwide

Air Asia


32 destinations in Malaysia & South East Asia

Berjaya Air


5 destinations in Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand

Foreign Airlines

There are 44 airlines operating at Kuala Lumpur International Airport


Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (http://www.klia.com.my/) 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 Asia/Pacific categories

The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)

(http://klia.com.my/LCCTerminal/) 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 Kinabalu.

Public Transporation

The country has a well-developed and efficient and public transportation system served by buses, taxis and trains.

In 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 Lumpur.

The 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 Sentral.

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 city.

A 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 Brunei Airlines.

Geographical Location


Located between 2º and 7º north of the Equator, Peninsula Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. North of Peninsula Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbour is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia in Borneo while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei.




People: Malays who make up about 57% of the population are the predominant group with Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups making up the rest.

Language: Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language but English is widely spoken by all groups. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.




Tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures in the lowlands range from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). The highlands are cooler, where temperatures range between 15C (59 F) to 25C (77F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.






The unit of currency is Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM. USD1 is roughly equivalent to RM3.50. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.


Automated teller machine are easily found in towns and cities where Visa/ Mastercard are accepted.




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