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Malaysia is one of Asia’s best know destinations encompassing the best of the region’s outstanding characteristics. More than 20 million visitors enjoy satisfying experiences each year, from the stunning beaches in Langkawi to the history on Penang and the sophistication of Kuala Lumpur.

Whether you’re enjoy scuba diving in the Perhentian Islands, hiking in the jungles and beaches of East Malaysia, history, shopping or simply soaking up the atmosphere of this organised and mutli-cultural country in Southeast Asia, there’s something for you to appreciate in Malaysia.

Activities

Visitors to Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, would fail to be impressed at the wonder of one of Southeast Asia’s most impressive cities. With it’s once-tallest Petronas Towers, smart mosques, modern malls and colonial architecture, Kuala Lumpur is a incredible Malaysian tourist destination.

Kuala Lumpur’s China town is a colourful and vibrant area with a popular night market where shoppers can pick up reasonable copies of designer gear for a fraction of the price. There are numerous shops selling herbal medicines, incense and textiles. Wandering around this area is a rewarding experience as the buildings are highly decorative and there are often street parades and other celebrations taking place.

Penang is a favourite destination in Malaysia and an island that blends ancient Malay and Asian colonial influences into one fascinating destination. Combining tropical beaches with sophisticated hospitality and historic interest, Penang has countless good reasons to attract tourists, whether it's the great beaches and water sports, intriguing culture, multi-cultural cuisine, lush tropical hiking trails, botanical gardens, crumbling old architecture, or the exotic temples, they're all here.

Borneo is one of Southeast Asia’s remaining landmasses of tropical rainforest, monsoon swelled rivers and mist-hidden mountains, with abundant wildlife, clear Pacific waters and lush landscapes, attracting nature lovers, scuba divers, hikers and traveling adventurers.

Climate

Malaysia's weather tends to be hot and humid throughout the year, reaching 30˚C plus, in the daytime and the temperature rarely falls below 20˚C at night.

Rainfall is particularly heavy from November to February during the monsoon season, although it tends to rain throughout the year. Tourists find travelling in the hot and humid weather quite tiring, so generally the best time to visit Malaysia is from May to September.

Culture

Malaysian culture is a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and various other indigenous tribes dating back to more than 1500 years ago. Other cultures that have heavily influenced Malaysia include Persian, Arab and European.

The Malay Muslim is the largest ethnic group, accounting for half of the population and the national language. Traditional Malay culture can still be found in the villages though their own unique dialect can sometimes be unintelligible to their fellow countrymen.

Festivals

Visitors to Malaysia will be amazed by the number of festivals and events happening the whole year around, featuring a colourful potpourri of cultural traditions with its mix of ethnic races.

November, December and January is the best time to see some of Malaysia’s most colourful festivals, with Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Puasa being the most vibrant affairs celebrated throughout Malaysia.

After a month of fasting during the month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate with joyous enthusiasm as they usher in the day with prayers in mosques and remember their departed loved ones. The festival mood is reflected with brightly decorated homes and buildings, and is the most important festival of the Chinese community. Chinese New Year is a boisterous festival with the clang of cymbals accompanying lion dances and the thunder of fire crackers filling the air. Major hotels and shopping complexes celebrate the occasion by holding lion dances and special Chinese programmers to entertain their clients.

Food

Malaysian cuisine is an exciting range of exotic flavours and culinary styles, comprising of three main groups, Malay, Chinese and Indian. Kuala Lumpur boasts an extraordinary number of hawker stalls, coffee shops and restaurants, most of them offering a high standard of cuisine and often at very cheap prices.

Rice is the regular diet in any Malay meal and is often served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper too. Most meals are eaten using the fingers, and served together at the same time. Fish, Beef, Chicken and Mutton are very popular in Malay cooking, but never pork as it is against their religious beliefs.

One of the most unique Malay dishes is the "roti jala", an ideal accompaniment to any dish with lots of rich gravy and is often served during special occasions. It's made from a mixture of plain flour and eggs, with a small flavouring of turmeric powder and butter. Desserts are almost mandatory for any Malay meal and available at most local restaurants and roadside stalls. Malay desserts tend to be very sweet and include ingredients such as coconut milk, palm sugar, and flour.

Religion

Malaysia is a society with slightly more than half of its population being Muslims. The internal conflicts that the nation has faced have generally been precipitated by ethnicity rather than religion. The country is officially a Muslim state, and the Government actively promotes the spread of Islam in the country and its friendship with other Muslim countries. Nevertheless, other religions are tolerated and the individual's right to the freedom of worship is listed in the country's constitution.

Travel Tips
Greetings

Malaysian people enjoy meeting visitors, so don't hesitate to strike up a conversation. When greeting a Muslim, offer your right hand then bring it towards you, fingertips lightly touching your heart. This is the traditional Salam or 'greeting of acceptance'. If you are really unsure about all the different forms of greetings, just smile and nod your head slightly when introduced.

Religion

Shoes should be removed when entering homes and places of worship wearing suitable attire which covers arms and legs when visiting places of worship. Handle food with your right hand and do not point your foot at someone. When giving or receiving money gifts to/from a Malaysian, it's best to do so with your right hand.

The Law

Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are extremely severe in Malaysia.
Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory.
Drop your garbage into a waste container. In an effort to keep the city clean and healthy, the fine will be imposed on a person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.
Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety of your belongings.


We hope these guidelines are helpful during your stay in Malaysia. More detailed information about Malaysia is available by clicking the appropriate listing in our Main Menu. This is where you will also find a selection of businesses that are offering benefits and discounts to Asia Privilege Club Members.

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