Malaysia Travel Guide
Malaysia Travel Guide
Highlights of Malaysia
|Malaysia is an
excellent holiday destination with a great variety of choices from
beautiful beach resorts, adventure tours, jungle trekking or enjoying the
fantastic cuisine of Malaysia.
The total population of Malaysia is over 25 million people, with 1.5 million in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Bahasa Melayu is the National language though English is widely spoken throughout Malaysia as well as a number of Chinese languages - Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokien.
Malaysia is divided into 13 states, of these 11 being in Mainland Malaysia and the 2 states of Sabah and Sarawak located in East Malaysia on Borneo Island.
Orangutan in Borneo East Malaysia
The tropical climate of Malaysia is fairly stable at around 32 degrees during the day and 21 degrees at night. The rainy season is between December and March.
Wildlife in Malaysia
In mainland Malaysia there are a number of National Parks and wildlife reserves.
The most unusual and rarest animals of Malaysia are in Borneo East Malaysia including the Borneo Orangutan, pygmy elephants, gibbons and hornbill birds.
Endau-Rompin National Park is Malaysia's largest National Park, located just north of Mersing on the east coast of Malaysia. 3 main rivers run through this National Park - The Endau River, The Rompin River and the Johor River. Throughout the Endau-Rompin National Park are some excellent waterfalls surrounded by tropical rainforest.
Some of the animals and plants that can be found in the Endau-Rompin National Park include the
The Malaysian Elephant Sanctuary Kuala Gandah, near Lanchang, 150kms from Kuala Lumpur was setup to restore orphan elephants and to educate people about these amazing animals.
Currency and exchange rates Malaysia
The currency used to Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM). The exchange rate is around these prices (24th July 2009)
US$1 = RM3.5
1 Euro = RM5
GBP 1 = RM5.8
A$1 = RM2.88
S$1 = RM2.44
Tourist Visa for Malaysia
Most country passport holders do not need to apply for a Visa to enter Malaysia for tourism purposes for up to 3 months. Your passport has to be valid for more than 6 months.
Malaysia is very easy to get to and the capital city of Kuala Lumpur is a major airline hub within South East Asia.
There is a train network running though Malaysia also connecting it to Singapore to the south and Thailand to the north.
Accommodation in Malaysia
Malaysia has hotels, resorts and guesthouses to suit all budgets. Whether you are backpacking around Asia or looking for a luxury resort to relax and have some pampering, Malaysia has it.
Click on the links below to find suitable accommodation in your price range in various cities and islands of Malaysia:
Kuala Lumpur hotel prices from US$14
Ipoh hotel prices from US$10 per night
Langkawai hotel prices from US$13
Perhentian Islands hotel prices from US$7
Melaka hotel prices from US$28 per night
Mersing hotel prices from US$4 per night
Tioman Island hotel prices from US$14
Pangkor Island hotel prices from US$11
Redang Island hotel prices from US$41
Sibu Island hotel prices from US$60
Cameron Highlands hotel prices from US$59
Taman Negara hotel prices from US$14
Kuantan hotel prices from US$20 per night
Johor Bahru hotel prices from US$33
Kota Kinabalu hotel prices from US$8
Sepilok hotel prices from US$14 per night
Kuching hotel prices from US$10 per night
Sibu Sarawak hotel prices from US$19
Miri hotel prices start from US$10 per night
Last updated 5th August 2011
Top 10 Things to do in Malaysia
1. The food - for me the highlight of Malaysia is the food. The great variety that is found here is amazing. From traditional Malaysian spicy curries, to Indian Tandoori chicken to the many different types of Chinese cuisines found throughout Malaysia.
2. The Orangutan - Malaysia's national treasure - the Borneo Orangutan found in Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia.
3. Relaxing on Langkawi Island. Langkawi is the perfect place to just sit and relax. There is plenty to do on the island if you are energetic though also perfect for relaxing.
4. Visit the Elephant Sanctuary at Kuala Gandah around 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur.
5. Food markets in Kuala Lumpur - yes food again though the food markets are an experience more than just tasting food.
6. River cruise in Sarawak - traveling down the Rajang River from Kuching inland to visit the traditional villages with their longhouses surrounded by jungle.
7. Scuba diving or snorkeling on the Perhentian Islands. Some of the best coral reefs to be found in Malaysia are found around the two island Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil.
8. Climb Mount Kinabalu - Kota Kinabalu Sabah, not for the unfit, the climb can take 6 - 7 hours leaving late at night to arrive at the summit in time to watch the sunrise.
9. Central Markets Kuala Lumpur - for a shopping spree you can't go past Central Markets. Selling a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts including Malaysian arts and crafts, batiks, fabrics and clothing and more food!
10. Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque - located in Kuantan Pahang, this is an impressive structure. Unfortunately you cannot visit inside the mosque if you are not Muslim, though the outside and it's surrounding grounds are still impressive.
Each year Malaysia hold some amazing festivals and international sporting events. Here is a list of the upcoming events:
Sandakan Memorial Day 15th August commemorating the deaths of Australian soldiers in World War II at Sandakan Memorial Park Sabah.
Ramadan Bazaar 22nd August to 19 September. These are night food markets arranged all throughout Malaysia for breaking the fast at night time.
Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 20th September to 21st September. After the month of fasting during Ramadan this day is celebrated with morning prayers at a Mosque with a celebration with friends and family afterwards.
Penang World Music Festival 2nd October to 4th October With international and local music.
Borneo International Marathon 11th October . A half marathon and full marathon run being held in Kota Kinabalu Sabah.
Deepavali 17th October . Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Hindu families celebrate by having an open house for friends and families to visit and feast. It's common for the exchange of sweets and lollies.
Chinese New Year festivities will be celebrating the new Year of the Tiger on 14th February 2010. Celebrations begin the week before and continue for a week after.
Malaysia F1 Grand Prix held in Sepang. April 2012
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