Of all the countries in Asia you can visit, only a few can compete with the wonders of Malaysia. Boasting a rich and multifaceted culture, a diverse number of animal species, fantastical landscapes, and luxury hotels and shopping centers in every corner, Malaysia’s booming tourism industry comes as no surprise. If you’re off to the country soon, here are travel tips to keep in mind that will come in handy whether you’re looking for cheap hotels or finding the next big tourist attraction.
There are several ways to save some Malaysian Ringgit during your travel. For starters, when riding a cab, make sure the meter is switched on otherwise the driver is free to charge you with any amount they want. And sure enough, they’ll charge you more than what the actual fare costs. Another way to save is by staying at cheap hotels. If you are visiting for no more than a week, cheap accommodation is better than luxury hotels since you’ll likely be out visiting landmarks most of the day.
What Not To Miss Out
If you haven’t booked any Malaysia hotels, try to find one near Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian capital harbors a number of historic and modern landmarks including the Petronas Twin Towers, Perhentian Islands, Mount Kinabalu National Park, and Sarawak Cultural Village. Regardless if you’re an adrenaline junkie or a city dweller, there is something for everyone in Malaysia. And thanks to the current public transportation infrastructure, it is easy to get around these must-see places.
Minimize Stress By Preparing Requirements
While there are standard requirements for every domestic and foreign traveler, some countries enforce additional requirements that should be researched and prepared for. Gaining entry to Malaysia requires visitors to have a valid passport and travel documents that should not expire within at least 6 months beyond the intended period of visit. Every visitor must also fill up a Disembarkation Card, also known as IMM. 26. This will be required by an immigration officer upon your arrival.
Know The Cultural Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t be that tourist who makes a fool of himself/herself by doing even the most basic don’ts. For example, being a Muslim country, drinking is frowned upon in Malaysia. If you need to drink a couple of shots to calm the nerves, make sure to do so privately. There may also be unspoken dress codes when entering mosques and temples. Shoes must also be taken off when entering a local’s house as this could be perceived as a cultural offense.
Know Where To Ask For Help
If you lose your way, need to ask a question, or feel that you are in danger, find a tourist police officer. You can recognize them by their dark blue shirts and trousers, striped hat bands, and a prominent badge on their breast pocket bearing the letter “I”. There are also apps you can download on your smartphone that will give a more comprehensive map of Malaysia including where to go and how to get there.