Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. Malaysia is the federation of 11 states and 2 federal territories operating within a constitutional monarchy under the Westminster parliamentary system and is categorised as a representative democracy.
Malaysian ringgit (Code: MYR; Sign: RM)
It is highly recommended to drink bottled water in Malaysia.
Malaysian Standard Time (MST) or Malaysian Time (MYT) is 8 hours ahead of Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). Malaysia is 2.5 hrs ahead of India Standard Time.
English and Malay are most widely spoken languages in Malaysia. Additionally, Chinese language is widely spoken among Chinese Malaysians. Tamil is widely spoken among Indian Malaysians
Malaysia climate is categorized as equatorial, hot and humid year around. The best time to visit is November to March as there will be the least amount of rainfall in popular areas.
The national dish of Malaysia is Nasi lemak – a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Malay food, in general is rich with herbs like lemongrass, tamarind, dried and fresh chilies, ginger and garlic. A popular drink in Malaysia is Teh Tarik, which is a hot tea.
In Malaysia the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Tipping is not common practice in Malaysia and most people won’t expect it. Hotels usually charge a service charge, which is included in the price. You can tip RM 2-10 per bag to the porter, RM 2-10 for room service, if you want.
Batik and songket are the traditional and unique textiles of Malyasia. Malaysian batik is renowned for its vibrant colours and bold prints. The intricate designs on the textile make great decorations around the home as tablecloths, pillow cases or even as a statement art piece. Additionally, you can buy Instant White Coffee, MyKuali Penang White Curry Instant Noodles, Gamat Products, Nutmeg Oil and Boh Tea.
Handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women. However, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. Please refrain from displaying affection in public.
It is advisable that females avoid wearing hot pants and vest at mainland beaches. Topless sunbathing is a strict no. Malay women usually go swimming fully dressed. If visiting mosques and temples, you may be required to wear your scarf over your hair and wear a skirt instead of pants.
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