Malaysia

With Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, Malaysia’s fusion of ethnicities, religions and cuisines create a melting pot of diversity. Soak up the excitement of modern Kuala Lumpur or discover the fascinating wildlife and jungles of Borneo. Whether your dream holiday involves beaches, shopping, wildlife and culture or simply relaxing, Malaysia can offer you the perfect option – a destination that truly does have something for every traveller.

Tropical Paradise

With its pristine beaches and crystal, clear waters, Malaysia is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. Experience the turquoise waters and stunning white beaches of Langkawi and Penang. When the sun goes down, mix with the locals at the lively beachfront bars at Pentai Cenang on Langkawi. Batu Ferringhi in Penang offers a wide range of water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.

Nature & Wildlife

Malaysia is a land of extreme beauty, dramatic contrasts and is full of natural wonders and wildlife. Sabah is home to South East Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. The largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak is best known for its extraordinary landscapes, plants and animals. Visit the orangutans at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and explore the impressive cave system in Gunung Mulu National Park. The Batu Caves located on the edge of Kuala Lumpur is home to sacred Hindu temples that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Cities of Old and New

Explore the fascinating cities of Malaysia, from the country’s capital of Kuala Lumpur to Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed George Town. Experience the combination of modern and tradition in Kuala Lumpur, the mix of gleaming skyscrapers and colonial architecture. Wander through George Town to see the famous street art, brightly coloured trishaws and street markets. Explore the lush rainforest, crystal clear waters and stunning mountain peaks of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital.

When to Go

Malaysia experiences a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity throughout the year. Monsoon season for the south-west is from May to September and the north-east from November to March. On the west coast, the wet months are May to October, while on the east coast, the wet months are September to December. Enjoy the lush countryside and bountiful waterfalls when visiting after the wet season.

Visas & Passports

A valid passport is required with at least six months validity beyond the intended stay. A visa is not required for Australian passport holders for stays of up to 60 days in Malaysia. Travel advice is available from the Australian Government at smartraveller.gov.au

Time

Malaysia is two hours behind Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Etiquette

In respect to local traditions and religious beliefs, arms and legs should be covered and shoes removed when visiting places of worship. Food should be
handled with the right hand. Topless sunbathing (by women) is not permitted. Pointing with the foot is not considered polite. Malaysia includes a large Muslim population. Ramadan is observed by many and we recommend you make yourself aware of how that may affect your travel. Daytime is often quieter, business hours are generally shorter with restaurants and cafés screened off or closed out of respect for those who are fasting. In the evening, cities come to life, public places will be busy well into the early hours of the morning.

Language

Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the official language of Malaysia, however English is widely spoken.

Electricity

220-240V 50Hz. An adapter is required.

Contact our professional consultants for itineraries and up to date pricing.

When planning your next holiday come in-store (16 Gymea Bay Road Gymea, NSW, 2227), call (02) 9525 2211 or email us and let Southside World Travel create the best travel experience for you.

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