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Best Places to Visit

Most travellers begin Malaysia holidays in Kuala Lumpur, the big, bustling capital of the country. Here, visitors will see mosques, Chinese temples and Indian places of worship in the same vicinity. Malay, Chinese and Indian food is best sampled here, too. Visitors to Kuala Lumpur will want to see the Malaysian architectural wonder that is the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world.

To see the history of the Straits Settlements - a time when British, Portuguese and Dutch ships dominated commerce and seas in the region - visitors can head to Malacca and Penang. Here, visitors will find Peranakan architecture, a colourful mix of Chinese and Malay cultures found only in these areas.

Visitors heading to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia will discover the region is at the heart of Islamic Malay culture. One good stop here is Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan. Visitors will get to taste east coast cuisine, see traditional royal architecture and discover many great museums. The historic city of Kuala Terengganu is a major destination on the east coast.

Both Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu are good jumping-off points for those travelling to the beautiful, pristine beaches of the Perhentian Islands. Stunning beaches can also be found in Langkawi, the premier resort destination off the west coast of Malaysia.

Those willing to venture into Malaysian Borneo will be rewarded with virgin rainforests, unique flora and fauna, and traditional ethnic communities. Kuching in western Borneo is a good starting point for those venturing into the jungle. The city of Kota Kinabalu, on the other hand, gives travellers access to Malaysia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.

While in Kuala Lumpur, visitors may want to see Merdeka Square. This is where, on the eve of Malaysia's independence from the British, people gathered to lower the Union Flag and hoist the Malayan Flag for the first time. Around Merdeka Square are a number of British colonial buildings, mosques and heritage structures such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Royal Selangor Club.

The heritage towns of Malacca and Penang are teeming with historic landmarks. In Malacca, one major tourist attraction is the Dutch Square, which is dominated by Christ Church, the country's oldest Protestant church. At the top of a hill adjacent to the square are the ruins of St. Paul's Church, which was used by both the Portuguese and Dutch.

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Need to know

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu. This Malay language, which is spoken in areas of Southeast Asia, is related to the language spoken in Indonesia, Bahasa Indonesia. There are large numbers of Chinese and Indian communities throughout many cities in Malaysia. Thus, many Chinese and Indian languages are also spoken. English is taught in schools and widely spoken, especially in the major cities. While most Malay people will make an effort to talk to English visitors in English, there is a colloquial form, known as Manglish. This is a mix of English and Malay and can make conversation sometimes confusing. The Malay are extremely welcoming and will respond well to basic greetings and courtesies in their native tongue, so a phrasebook can be a sound investment.

Currency

The official currency used in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR, RM). Currency is easily exchanged in exchange bureaus and banks. The credit cards most widely used here are Visa, MasterCard and American Express. ATMs are widely available and accept foreign cards. Travellers' cheques are also widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and large stores. It is best to carry them in pounds sterling, US dollars or Australian dollars. The word ringgit is an obsolete term for "jagged" in Malay. It was originally used to refer to the serrated edges of silver Spanish dollars which circulated in the area during the 16th and 17th century Portuguese colonial era.

Visas

Nationals from many countries can enter and travel within Malaysia visa-free. These include citizens of the US, Canada, Australia and many EU countries. Nationals of these countries are allowed to stay up to 90 days visa-free. UK nationals are generally granted permission to stay for three months, upon arrival. Those wishing to stay for a longer period of time or for non-tourist purposes must obtain the relevant visa. Citizens of some other countries are only granted 30 days. A passport valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into Malaysia and return or onward tickets are required.

Climate

Malaysia’s equatorial climate means that temperatures usually range from 29 to 32°C. Travellers will be pleased to know that it stays hot throughout the year, while the country’s humidity levels are also consistently high. Even night time temperatures rarely drop below 20°C.

Malaysia also experiences a monsoon season. From May to September it hits the south-west of the country, moving on to the north-east of the country between November and March.

Main Airports

The main gateway to Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur International Airport, located in Sepang, about 60kms outside of Kuala Lumpur. It is well connected to flight hubs worldwide. Secondary airports include those in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, as well as major tourist destinations Penang and Langkawi.

Flight Options

Malaysian's main carrier has a direct flight from London-Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is also connected to other flight hubs in Europe, such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as well as those in the U.S and Australia. Routes to major airports in Southeast Asia, China and India, are frequent. A typical London to Kuala Lumpur flight usually lasts 13 hours.

Travel Advice

Travellers looking to save on air fares may want to consider flying via a low-cost carrier. While some don't fly direct from Europe, cheap connections may still be possible, especially from within Asia and Australia. It is easiest to find cheap flights outside of major holidays such as the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya (end of Ramadan) and school holidays.

Other Transport Options

Those travelling from other regions in Southeast Asia may enter Malaysia via its land borders and sea ports. Buses and trains are available from Singapore to the south and Thailand to the north. In Malaysian Borneo, buses are available from Indonesia and Brunei. There are also ferry and boat connections from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Feiten

  1. De Sarawak Chamber in het Maleisische nationale park Gunung Mulu is de grootste bekende grotkamer ter wereld.
  2. In Putrajaya in Maleisië is de grootste rotonde ter wereld te vinden met een doorsnede van 3,5 km.
  3. Het nationale gerecht van Maleisië is nasi lemak, een geurig ontbijt dat bestaat uit in kokosmelk gekookte rijst, gevouwen in een bananenblad.
  4. Wilde orang-oetans worden alleen aangetroffen in de bossen van Borneo en Sumatra.
  5. Wijzen naar mensen wordt als onbeleefd gezien. Maleisiërs gebruiken de knokkel van de wijsvinger.

Feiten

  1. De Sarawak Chamber in het Maleisische nationale park Gunung Mulu is de grootste bekende grotkamer ter wereld.
  2. In Putrajaya in Maleisië is de grootste rotonde ter wereld te vinden met een doorsnede van 3,5 km.
  3. Het nationale gerecht van Maleisië is nasi lemak, een geurig ontbijt dat bestaat uit in kokosmelk gekookte rijst, gevouwen in een bananenblad.
  4. Wilde orang-oetans worden alleen aangetroffen in de bossen van Borneo en Sumatra.
  5. Wijzen naar mensen wordt als onbeleefd gezien. Maleisiërs gebruiken de knokkel van de wijsvinger.

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