A Mini-Guide to Traveling in Malaysia

Malaysia is definitely one of the most unique places in the world. Aside from the diversity of culture, it is a haven of iconic tourist spots you’ve never seen before. While a lot of people go here to immerse in the rich cultural heritage some people come here for fashion, religious traditions, and festivals. So if you are coming to Malaysia, here is a mini guide we believe would be useful for your trip.

Planning Your Trip to Malaysia

The best time to visit Malaysia is during summer. Kuala Lumpur gets plenty of rain throughout the year, especially during the monsoon season. If you want to go somewhere in Penang and Langkawi, you can enjoy better weather between December and February. Most people here are fluent in English so don’t have to worry about learning the language first before going there. Nevertheless, it still  pays to know some greetings in Malay.

What to Eat and Drink

When it comes to food, you don’t have to spend a lot of money just to get the best of Malaysia. Malaysia brings its culture into their food and if you want a taste of the real Malaysian culture, you can stop by the Kopitiams or coffee shops. Local coffee is the best and usually served together with inexpensive such as roti dishes.  Don’t forget to try some Malaysian-Indian food in family-run eateries.

Where to Stay

 Malaysia offers a wide range of accommodations from luxury to budget-friendly hotels. However, determining what your purpose is in coming to this country will help you decide on where to stay. If you want to eat and shop, you may consider some glitzy hotels near Bukit Bintang. Smaller and cheaper hotels can be found near Chinatown with a little rustic and grungy charm. If you want ease of transportation, you would rather consider staying close to KL Sentral, which is the heart of Malaysia’s rail network.

What to Expect Upon Arriving to Malaysia

The people in Malaysia are culture-sensitive. While a trip to Malaysia is like any other vacation, it is wise to be polite. Observe some rules and void using your left hand when interacting with other people as it is kind of rude to the locals. To be safe, just use your right hand when waving, paying, or even making some gestures.

When eating in restaurants, you don’t have to tip the waiters. Giving tips is not customary in Malaysia. If you want to go shopping right away, you can go to Jalan Petaling in Chinatown and Pasar Seni where you can find a lot of cheaper items. Plus you don’t have to pay the first price you’re given as they expect you to haggle!

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