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Malaysia - What to expect

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. By keeping in view these cultural influences, Malaysian government launched a campaign in 1990 “Malaysia, The True Asia” which become popular among travelers and after that the tourism industry boomed up in the country.

Petronas Towers from a distance
Petronas Towers from a distance
Island Hoping tour in Langkawi
Island Hoping tour in Langkawi

Fast Facts

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
• Population: 32.6M in 2021
• Currency: Malaysian Ringgit, 1 US$= 4.05 MYR
• Official Language: Malay
• Visa Requirements: Most of the countries are eligible to VOA and visa free. Malaysia have also started E-VISA for selective countries. You can get the updated information from HERE.
• Best Time to Visit: All seasons, However, February to October is considered as the best months.

Top Experiences
  • Visit Petronas tower which once was the tallest building in the world
  • Hop on hop off bus experience from a double decker bus in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Enjoy a culture tour to Melaka
  • Get an Island Hoping tour in Langkawi
  • Experience the Kilim Geo National Park visit in Langkawi
  • Get a Panoramic view from Sky bridge in Langkawi
  • Getaway to the Genting Highlands
  • Seek out cooler climes in the Cameron Highlands
Langkawi, Malaysia
Sky Bridge Langkawi, Malaysia


Malaysia is relatively a safe country to visit. Violent crime rates are very low. Aside from the odd petty theft, crime against tourists is actually pretty low. Most visitors have a trouble-free time soaking up all the sights and scenery of Malaysia. Regarding scams, again Malaysia is considered low risk and tourist can enjoy their tours by activating their basic common sense mood.

Budgeting Plan

Transportation - Malaysia's transport system is developed and covers up to 63,445 kms of roads. The main modes of transport in Malaysia include buses, trains, cars or even motorbikes. You can get public taxies and also the Uber like service Grab via app. Penang to Langkawi is also connected via Ferry route.

Accommodation – All types of accommodation start from budgeting to high end are available easily.

During my one week tour in Malaysia I stayed at Langkawi and Kuala lumpur. I booked my stay with a combinations of,  Air BnBAgoda, and Hostelworld. However, when you’re looking for a hostel, do your research, read reviews to get a feel for the place. and book somewhere that suits you

Food and local Dishes - In some ways it's similar to Indonesian food, with the two nations sharing many of the same dishes.
 Nasi Kandar is a staple food in Malaysia and actually means “mixed rice’” with a topping of your choice.
 Nasi lemak. rice cooked in coconut milk with a lot add ons.
 Mee goreng mamak. A spicy Yellow noodles with Beef or chicken. Also includes, soy sauce, veggies and eggs.
 Apam balik. A pancake-style snack wedded with the compact package of an omelet
 Ayam percik (chicken with percik sauce). it's barbecued chicken slathered in spicy chili, garlic and ginger sauce and dipped in cocuonut milk.
 Kuih. Sugar coated malay-style pastries.

Suggested daily budget – 40-60 USD For Budget travelers, the average cost per day might be in between 40~60$. It includes the 10~20$ for a hostel dorm bed; 10~20$ for food and 10~20$ for transportation and sight-seeing.

Tips, DOs & DON'Ts

Hop on hop off is a best option to see the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur. You can buy your card for 1, 2 or 3 days as per your stay.
• Travelling on boats between islands? – check the company’s credentials. Boats have been known to be dangerously overcrowded or just SINK entirely.
• Jungles can be dangerous with a lot of monkeys and they were ready to snatch you anything they smell from your bags.
• don’t feed monkeys – they might be cute but, honestly, it just encourages them to be little shits.
• If you rent a car, then take photos of it from all sides to avoid any insurance issue/scam at the end.

Hop on hop off bus in Kuala Lumpur
Hop on hop off bus in Kuala Lumpur


Hey, This is Rashid and I am here to share my Wide Angle Dreams with you, with the aim to provide you a Wide Angle to catch your bucket list dreams of travelling and trekking. If you love to travel but feel that you are bound in tough daily routines and find very little time to catch your travelling dreams, then you are at a right place.

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