• Another destination, another 5 minute guide. Malaysia was the second country on my January trip that I haven’t been to before, as I’ve done Thailand before but not Koh Lipe. Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country so they have very strict rules on alcohol and no public affection.

    CURRENCY
    In Malaysia they use their own currency which is Malaysian Ringgit. If you are going to use a credit card to withdraw money or to pay for things, I would definitely recommend looking into a card that doesn’t charge you for payments or withdrawals abroad. I use Monzo which is an app based bank account and contactless card (there are lots of similar ones to choose from though), it also alerts you once you’ve used the card and also gives you the current exchange rate on purchases too.

    LANGUAGE
    In Malaysia they predominantly speak English but they also speak Malay. You often find that the elderly do not speak much English due to their education but the majority of the population speak very good English so you don’t have to worry about language barriers.

    TIMEZONE
    Malaysia are 8 hours ahead of the UK.

    Planning a trip to another Asian country, why not Singapore? Then make sure you check out my 5 Minute Guide: Singapore for all the information you’ll need.

    DRIVING
    We didn’t try driving in Malaysia but you can hire cars at the airport or through a car hire agency. We used public transport or walked during our time in Malaysia as it was a great way to see things you wouldn’t normally see from public transport or from the car.

    CUISINE
    Food and eating out in Malaysia is very continental, you can have everything from traditional dishes to Italian, Thai and Korean. There are plenty of places to eat out from your very budget friendly places to your more expensive rooftop bars and restaurants. I will write up a post on places you should eat at separately.

    VISAS
    You don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia from the UK but you do need to fill in an immigration card. You may need a visa from other countries so be sure to check your countries government website to find out.

    Are you planning a trip to Malaysia and want to know anything?, leave me a comment below with your questions.

    EXPLORE MALAYSIA 
    Langkawi | Kuala Lumpur

    CAPITAL/CITY
    The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.

    FLIGHTS
    Flights from London can take about 12 hours depending on the flight path and weather. You can easily book flights to Malaysia using many different search engines including SkyScanner. Lots of different airlines fly into Kuala Lumpur’s International airport or smaller airports across Malaysia from internal countries using AirAsia. We flew with AirAsia from Singapore to get to Langkawi and Langkawi to get to Kuala Lumpur.

    Top Tip:
    One amazing thing about Malaysia is that they use the same plug sockets we do in the UK, so you don’t have to worry about adapters.

    HOTELS
    Hotels were okay in Malaysia, we had a nice little boutique hotel in Langkawi called Telaga Terrace which was really cute and another nice hotel also in Langkawi called Tropical Resort. Nicer resorts in Langkawi include Casa del Mar and Frangipani. We had an apartment hosted by AirBnB in Kuala Lumpur which was pretty good, it was just the right size for a few days in the city. There are a lots of hotels depending on your budget etc including The Ritz-Carlton and The Four Seasons if you want a bit of luxury.

    WHAT TO WEAR
    You can wear pretty much anything in Malaysia depending on what weather you’ll have there. I went in February which it was very hot and humid and had a few odd showers but I didn’t pack my suitcase depending on the rain. You would have to cover up if you entered a place of worship though but that is easy to do with a sarong or kimono that isn’t too heavy or make you hot in the heat.

    WEATHER
    Weather can vary quite a lot in Malaysia. It can go from being very hot and humid and then have the odd rain shower which could last a few minutes or maybe even longer, they are also known for their thunderstorms. We had quite a few big downpours and thunderstorms during our time in Kuala Lumpur but they lasted about an hour and that was it. Their monsoon season is more around November – December time so getting rain in Feb was very unusual for them.

    INJECTIONS
    I didn’t need any injections to visit Malaysia as I had already had the boosters for the injections required. Be sure to check your medical history and countries government website.

    ACTIVITIES & THINGS TO DO
    There is so much to do in Malaysia which I will write about in seperate posts. In Langkawi, I recommend doing the Sky Bridge, catching a ferry over to Koh Lipe to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sea, do the Mangrove tour to see the monkies and eagles. In Kuala Lumpur I recommend doing the Twin Towers, Chinatown, Batu Caves and checking out their massive shopping malls.

    Are you planning a trip to Malaysia or have you been before?

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    5 Minute Guide: Malaysia