Malaysia is an enticing country that attracts everyone with its appeal. If you have already been fascinated by its charisma and planning to come here, then you must keep certain things in mind before packing your bags. No, don't panic. It's just about handling the stuff in a convenient way. While traveling to foreign places, one must be a little cautious about the surroundings, if not problems might crop up just next door. Thus, before traveling to Malaysia, always check out the travel tips to be at ease.
Don't even think of bringing any recreational drugs into
Malaysia. Person at default would be treated with a binding death
sentence, even if he is here for transit or carrying small amounts.
All pedestrians must use pedestrian bridges or
pedestrian traffic lights to cross the roads because vehicles don't stop
at zebra crossings.
It's always recommended to deposit your travel
documents and valuables in a hotel safe or keep them under observation.
Public Display of Affection (PDA):
Don't involve in any of such
activities on roads, stations or any other public places in Malaysia.
Tap water is usually fine to drink. In case you
don't prefer tap water, then bottled water is available at general
stores across the country.
Taxi drivers hardly use meters, so it's always better
haggle for the prices before getting into the taxi. At nights, prefer
using dial-a-taxi / registered service as unregistered taxi drivers may
assault their victims.
While using credit card, be careful because you can
be swindled. Use plastic only at big and reputed stores, and keep it
In case you lost your way or require any help,
seek the assistance of a traffic police officer. These officers dress in
dark blue shirts and trousers, and checkered hat bands with letter 'I'
on a red and blue badge on their breast pocket. Most of the times, these
officers can be spotted at tourist spots, attractions and monuments.
Public washrooms in Malaysia are safe and convenient
to use. Usually they charge between RM0.20- RM2.00 as per the
facilities. Always carry some loose change with yourself.
Malaysia has about all medical facilities, in
case you require any. Tourists usually don't prefer going to government
hospitals, and private medical care being the only option, costs a lot.
So, make sure to have adequate travel health insurance.
Malaysia is one of the healthiest countries in the
world. If you're coming from yellow-fever affected areas, then you'll be
requiring a certificate of inoculation. For cholera and smallpox, no
vaccination is needed in Malaysia.
Always carry your regular and general
medicines along. Also keep the recommended prescription in case you fall
short of medicine, you can get the related ones from the medical stores.
It's hot and humid in Malaysia and to steer clear of sunburn, mosquito
bite etc, bring your sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, mosquito repellent etc
and use them whenever required. Don't take cut fruits from roadside
Always take only that much luggage which you can
handle. Take only required things and don't assemble many things. Prefer
taking durable suitcases or bags because you never know how the
airlines' would deal with baggage. Always keep handy bag containing
medicines, required things and travel documents.
With crime levels on increase, always be
watchful and keep an eye over your belongings. Use common sense judgment
whenever dealing with strangers. In big cities, pickpockets and
snatch-and-run thieves are really common. So to avoid such situation, be
careful and don't display your valuables or money in public.
For driving in Malaysia, you need to have an
International Driving Permit (IDP). However, prefer using taxis because
traffic is not very smooth here. Don't mix drinking and driving as it a
punishable offence and breathalyzer tests are common by the police.
In Malaysia, gambling is illegal and there are only
few spots where it is permissible. Don't get into illegal gambling
joints because tourists are frequently cheated.
While doing shopping, be aware and prefer buying
products from reputable stores. Markets like Chinatown often sell fake
Upon departure, airport tax is charged in Malaysia
which is RM5 for domestic and RM40 for international flights.
A normal eight-hour working day system, with
Saturdays as half-working day and Sunday as complete holiday, prevails
in Malaysia. All government offices, public service departments and a
few banks generally close on the first and third Saturday of every
month. In states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, full working days
extend from Saturday to Wednesday while Thursday is a half-working day
and Friday is a holiday. Private sector companies usually operate from
9am to 5pm (Monday-Friday) and 9am to 1pm (Saturday) and government
offices are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm.