Printable travel guide for Malaysia
Travel Guide

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Malaysia that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Malaysia
Capital: Kuala Lumpur (Note: Putrajaya is referred to as the administrative centre and Parliament convenes in Kuala Lumpur)
Population: Over 25 million
Telephone Code: 60
Area codes
Kuala Lumpur & Selangor: 3
Johor: 7
Kedah, Penang & Perlis: 4
Kelantan, Terengganu & Pahang: 9
Malacca & Negeri Sembilan: 6
Perak: 5
Sabah: 88 (Kota Kinabalu)
Sarawak: 82 (Kuching), 85 (Miri)
Time Zone: GMT +8
Area: 329,750 sq km
Languages: Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Melayu is the national language, but many speak English, especially in cities. However, Many locals are also able to speak their native mother tongue and dialect (Chinese dialects - Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow; Indian languages spoken - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi; in addition, in East Malaysia several indigenous languages are spoken, the largest are Iban and Kadazan.)
Ethnic Groups: Malays form the majority (over 50 per cent). Chinese (about 33 per cent) and Indian (about 9 per cent) minorities are the two largest minority groups in the peninsular, but indigenous groups form the largest minority population in East Malaysia, including Kadazan, Iban, Dayak, etc.
Highest Mountain: Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah at 4,101 meters (13,455 feet) reputedly the highest in the Southeast Asia region
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Head of State: Yang Di-pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail
Head of Government: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Currency: Ringgit and sen (RM1 = 100 sen)
Exchange Rate: US$1=RM3.80 or RM1=US$0.26. (Note: As of July 21, 2005, the ringgit peg to the US dollar has been removed and its value is rising.)
Health Risks: Dengue fever is present in certain areas and the Government is keeping close watch against the bird flu making its way here
Weights & Measures: Metric system

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Kuala Selangor river-beautiful fireflies at night. KL-shopping(midvalley- biggest shoping centre in KL). Twins tower-can collect ticket at twins tower and take turn to visit the skybridge of twins tower(check with KLCC staff because this info may not be the updated). KL tower- watch the night scenery of Kuala Lumpur. If you have an international driving license, then it is good to rent a car and travel around Malaysia. The PLUS highway connects most of the cities in the westcoast of peninsula Malaysia. Penang- famous with its local food. Kajang- famous with its satay .


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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Nature Visit the Taman Negara National Park to see one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Unfortunataly it's getting more and more popular with tourists, but there are still amazing walking treks, where you'll walk alone for hours and beeing stunned by the amazing nature aroung you.

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...


If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Street Food,
Local Specialties
weedflower Most Malaysians would have Nasi Lemak or Roti Canai for breakfast. Nasi Lemak is rice with cucumbers, dried crunchy anchovies and a dollop of sambal. Frankly I don’t eat Nasi Lemak for breakfast. Roti Canai are Indian bread which is cheap and yummy. You can either eat it with dhal, curry or sugar.
Links Fried Chillies Great site about Malaysian Food

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

We are coming to Malaysia in January/February 2004 and we want to find a Ship to Australia. Does anybody know which Ports are good places to hang around? Thanks in advance, pesef)

Hospitality Club Meetings

Selva, Anis and CK have been organising HC meetups almost every month for 2 years or more. So best check with Selva before organising meetings in KL.


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Here are some photos of Malaysia and her cultures courtesy of HC member robas

Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go


Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps



Government and Politics


GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...


Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...


Volunteer Opportunities and Work


This is a link to a list of Non-Governmental Organisations NGOs, Charitable, Voluntary, Advocacy, Activist Groups in Malaysia from

List of Volunteer Opportunities in Malaysia by mycen

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List


Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Official Country Website:
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Offtopic Messages

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