Malaysia; Travel Guide
The best time for beach holidays or scuba-diving will depend on which part of Malaysia you intend to visit. The country is affected by the south-west monsoon from May to September and the north-east monsoon from November to March, and different parts of the country have their dry and wet seasons at different times of year.
On the west coast, the wettest months are May to October, while on the east coast, the
wettest months are September to December. Kuala Lumpur is wettest from March to April and September to November, while Malaysian Borneo sees its heaviest rainfall between November and February. The best time to visit for dry weather is June and July on the east coast, January and February on the west coast, April in Sabah and June to July in Sarawak.
Here is a link to a site with average climatic conditions for Singapore:
- Kuala Lumpur averages
- Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo averages
- Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo averages
For a current weather forecasts:
- Kuala Lumpur forecast
- Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo forecast
- Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo forecast
WHAT TO WEAR
Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes are sensible at any time of year. To avoid offending
local sensibilities, female travellers should wear clothes that cover the legs and upper arms. Note that shorts are rarely worn by adults, except at the beach. Full-length trousers will create a better impression. Because of the rainfall patterns and the vagaries of Malaysia weather, always carry an umbrella.
Kuala Lumpur Public Transport has developed into one of the most modern transportation system in this region. It has a comprehensive network of buses, taxis, monorail, light rail transit and commuter trains that provide convenient and quick access to various parts of this city and its surrounding.
KL Sentral is the main hub of the transportation system in Kuala Lumpur where you can take the Light Rail Transit trains, KTM trains, Rapid KL buses, ERL and even do your passenger and luggage check-in.
The two main international airports in Kuala Lumpur are KLIA2 and KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). KLIA2 is the airport for low cost and budget carriers. The KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop airport rail link service in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, linking Kuala Lumpur Sentral with Kuala Lumpur International Airport and klia2. The journey takes around 28 minutes and costs 55 Malaysian Rinngit ($13 US).
In Malaysia the standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Singapore, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).
Malaysia is a generally a safe country to travel in and compared with Indonesia or Thailand it’s extremely safe. Theft and violence are not particularly common, although it pays to keep a close eye on your belongings, especially your travel documents (passport, travellers cheques etc), which should be kept with you at all times.
Malaysia Health Care and Vaccinations
* Malaria is only a risk in certain regions of Malaysia. Urban and coastal areas are usually safe.
** Vaccinations are only recommended for travellers spending extended periods in rural areas.
*** A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving within six days from infected areas.
Malaria and Hepatitis A and C are present in Malaysia and Hepatitis B is also widespread, though the risk to travellers is low. Outbreaks of dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and meningococcal meningitis occur in both urban and rural areas, but are rare in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and coastal resorts. Rabies is present; if bitten by monkeys or dogs, seek immediate medical attention.
The Zika virus in endemic in Malaysia. The mosquito-borne illness can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. Travellers to Malaysia should protect themselves from mosquito bites and wear clothes that cover as much of the body as possible, sleeping under mosquito nets and using repellents that contain DEET.
Health insurance is recommended. Government and private hospitals are found in all the main cities and can deal with major medical needs, but all charge for treatments. Standards are generally higher at private hospitals.
FOOD & WATER SAFETY IN MALAYSIA?
Food is one of the highlights of any trip to Malaysia, but a little caution is required as standards of hygiene can vary. Restaurants are usually ne, and you should also be safe at street stalls and night markets where the food is prepared freshly on the premises. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish and avoid places where food has been left lying around in the open air. Avoid ice cream and other unpasteurised dairy products as they may have been defrosted and refrozen.
Tap water in larger cities is usually safe, but most people prefer to drink bottled water. Elsewhere, all water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated – stick to water that has been boiled or sterilised.
The currency in Malaysia is the Rinngit. It is a fully traded currency so you can take some with you or go to a bureau de exchange at an airport. There are plenty of ATMs throughout the larger cities so you should never run out of places to get cash.
The current exchange rate is around 13MYR to $1US. The link below takes you to currency exchange site to get the latest exchange rates.
Malaysia Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Malaysia, a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas for Malaysia are not required by nationals referred to in the table above for stays up to 90 days.