• Another destination, and this is my 5 minute guide to Malaysia. It 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.

    Top Tip:
    Download the app “Currency Plus” to get currency conversions on the go. It updates daily and when connected to WiFi or Network to give you the latest conversion  and you can have multiple currencies shown in one go.
    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.

    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.


    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. It was a great way to see things you wouldn’t normally see.

    VISAS

    You do not need a visa to visit Malaysia from the UK but you do need to complete an immigration card. You may need a visa from other countries so be sure to check your countries government website to find out.

    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.

    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 do not 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.


    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.

    Highlights of Malaysia: 
    • Batu Caves
    • Petronas Towers
    • Mangrove Tour in Langkawi
    • Langkawi Sky Bridge

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

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    5 Minute Guide: Malaysia