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Malaysia

Malaysia Malaysia

Population: 31.405.416 people
Region: South-Eastern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Country Code: MY

Money in Malaysia

Currencie(s): Malaysian ringgit

  • 1 Malaysian ringgit = 0.21 €
  • 1 Malaysian ringgit = 0.23 $
  • 1 Malaysian ringgit = 0.19 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to Malaysia and want to buy some Malaysian ringgit here, you will pay less for it in Malaysia, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging Malaysian ringgit? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

Tipping: Not the norm and is not expected for any service. Instead restaurants can add a service charge of 10% to the bill.

Corruption: Malaysia has a corruption score of 53/100.
If your itinerary runs through Malaysia, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Malaysia scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

Malaysia is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.53 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Malaysia

Language(s): Malaysian

Food & Drinks in Malaysia

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 2 National dishes: Nasi Lemak & Laksa And Roti Canai

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Malaysia is 18.

Religion in Malaysia

Malaysia is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 96% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh; note - in addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in Malaysia

Age of Consent: 16 years.
At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Malaysia to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Malaysia.

Malaysia scores a -6/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Malaysia are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

National Sports in Malaysia

While travelling through Malaysia you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Sepak takraw is Malaysia their national sport.

Other practical tips for Malaysia

Timezone: UTC+08:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Malaysia – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Left-hand traffic.

WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 240 V (50 Hz), Plug G
When travelling to Malaysia, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 240 V (50 Hz), Plug G. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently scattered clouds, with a temperature between 32.8 and 34°C (91 and 93.2°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 16.04 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Malaysia.

Fly to Malaysia

Planning a trip to Malaysia? We have a list of 61 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!

List of cities in Malaysia

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