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Malaysia Travel Information

According to eningbo, Malaysia (Malay: مليسيا ‎, English: Malaysia) is a country in Asia consisting of West Malaysia (Malacca) and East Malaysia. West Malaysia borders Thailand and Singapore. East Malaysia is located on the island of Borneo and borders Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysia has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1957. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur. Some major cities in Malaysia are: Ipoh, Klang, Kuantan, Johor Bahru and George Town. There are still a large number of islands off the coast of Malaysia that are part of the country. The most famous islands are Penang, Langkawi, Tioman, Redang and Perhentian.

Malaysia is known for its beautiful nature. Especially East Malaysia, which is located on the island of Borneo, has large areas of untouched nature. Both parts have beautiful white beaches with clear blue water. You can dive excellently. Scattered across the country are several National Parks, mountain areas, rainforests, tea plantations, swamps and mangroves. You can spot about 600 bird species and there are wild animals, such as: leopards, elephants and monkeys. The Malaysian capital (Kuala Lumpur) is known for its impressive skyline with many skyscrapers. See thedresswizard for experience authentic Asia in Malaysia.

States and Federal Territories of Malaysia:
Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur (Federal Territory), Labuan (Federal Territory), Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Putrajaya (Federal Territory), Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu.

Where is Malaysia located?

Travel information of Malaysia

Official name: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Area: 329,847 km²
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Country code: MY, MYS
Population: 32,652,083 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Federal constitutional monarchy (Electoral Kingdom)
Highest point: 4,095 m (Mount Kinabalu)
Distance (Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur): 10,192 km
Flight time: approximately 12 hours

Travel advice
Current status: All non-essential travel to certain areas in Malaysia is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow and orange.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Malaysia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Malaysia, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Malaysia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Malaysia?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Malaysia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Malaysia has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Malaysia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Malaysia can be found at Climate info.

Best time
June, July and August are the best months to travel to Malaysia. These months have relatively the least rainfall.

Malay is the official language in Malaysia. In addition, a lot of English and Chinese are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Malay for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Malaysia.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Malaysia for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Malaysia:
Embassy of Malaysia in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Malaysia, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

In Malaysia, malaria occurs outside the major cities.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Malaysia, payment is made with the Malaysian ringgit (MYR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Malaysia can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Malaysia are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -44% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (74% cheaper), food (23% cheaper), imported beer in catering (9% cheaper), cigarettes (43% cheaper) and public transport (82% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Malaysia, tipping is normally already included in the bill. Nevertheless, an extra tip of around 5-10% is expected, especially in Western eateries.

Time difference
During our summer time in Malaysia it is 6 hours later.
During our winter time in Malaysia it is 7 hours later.
Malaysia has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Malaysia can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
You must drive on the left in Malaysia.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Malaysia.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Malaysia.

In Malaysia you need a power plug adapter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Malaysia can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999
– Fire: 999
– Ambulance: 999

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Malaysia can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Malaysia can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Malaysia end
Malaysia official websites: and

The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Malaysia is 0060 or +60.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Malaysia? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Malaysia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Malaysia.

An overview of all public holidays in Malaysia can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Malaysia, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Malaysia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Malaysia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Malaysia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Malaysia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Malaysia? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Malaysia.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Malaysia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Malaysia, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Malaysia.
– Alcohol: Buy from the age of 18, drink at all ages. Forbidden for Muslims.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence more than 10 years.

Did you know that…
…Between 1998 and 2004, the tallest building in the world was in Malaysia?
…The largest cave in the world can be found in Malaysia?
…20% of all animal species are found in Malaysia?
…The largest flower in the world, the Rafflesia, is found in Malaysia?
…There are still many tribes living in Malaysia?
…Malaysia has 9 different royal families?

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