Malaysia has an incredible mix of cultures and a wide variety of landscapes. Influenced by Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cultures, but also Arab and Western, Malaysia is indeed a hell of a melting pot that can be noticed upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur. Travelling to Malaysia means discovering a multiplicity of languages, great religious tolerance and a truly varied cuisine that reflects the cultural richness of this society. Another undeniable asset of this Asian country: the landscapes, those that a multi-millenary nature has managed to shape: a fascinating jungle, impressive tropical forests, the island of Borneo where the famous orangutans live, without forgetting the paradisiacal island of Sipadan... To understand the many facets of this country, a tourist guide on Malaysia will not be too much!

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When to go to Malaysia?

When to go to Malaysia? You can travel to Malaysia all year round! The rainy season, from October to April, does not cause excessive rainfall. Between November and January, however, avoid the east coast as it is experiencing a strong monsoon. It should also be noted that the country is slowed down during Ramadan, and it can be tedious to travel during this period because services are slow. Attendance at tourist attractions in Peninsular Malaysia is highly dependent on the holidays of the local population and Singaporeans: thus, as soon as there is a holiday in Malaysia or Singapore, resorts are filled with Malaysian and Singaporean tourists. If you go to Malaysia during the Chinese New Year, especially Hari Raya and Christmas (high season), it can be difficult to find accommodation in the most touristic places. You will obviously meet more Western tourists during the holiday periods (May to September).

How to go to Malaysia? Our advice & tips

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  • Going alone
  • Moving around

A tour of at least three weeks to a month is required to fully discover the Malaysian peninsula. The same duration can be devoted to the discovery of Borneo. But a short stay in Borneo can be envisaged (3 days for the ascent of Mount Kinabalu, 3 days of diving in Sipadan or 3 days for the Sultanate of Brunei), combined with a visit to the peninsula. Many agencies also offer a Malaysia/Singapore handset

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Malaysia is a safe country but beware of snatching from cities and tourist sites. The State of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, and especially its eastern part, presents risks of insecurity and kidnapping. Don't joke about transportation and drug use either. Any violation of the law may result in the death penalty, including for tourists. And the authorities do not distinguish between soft and hard drugs....

Domestically, Malaysia is well served by air and reduced fares can be obtained by booking in advance. National buses allow you to travel long distances and cheaply, but accidents are not uncommon... It is better to opt for private buses or shared taxis. The trains are modern but slow and limited to two main lines. As for the boats, they make connections between the Malaysian peninsula and the neighbouring islands, but not with Borneo.

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When to travel?

When to go to Malaysia? You can travel to Malaysia all year round! The rainy season, from October to April, does not...
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Weather forecast

Malaysia has an equatorial climate with maritime influences. The country has two monsoon periods that severely affect...
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Budget

Malaysia is a very cheap country compared to European countries. However, it is one of the most expensive countries i...
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Formalities

French, Belgian, Swiss, Luxembourgish and Canadian nationals are automatically issued a three-month tourist visa upon...
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Health

No vaccine is required to travel to Malaysia, but some vaccines are recommended, including diphtheria-tetanus-polio v...
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How to travel by yourself?

Malaysia is a safe country but beware of snatching from cities and tourist sites. The State of Sabah, on the island o...
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How to get organized?

A tour of at least three weeks to a month is required to fully discover the Malaysian peninsula. The same duration ca...
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Getting around

Domestically, Malaysia is well served by air and reduced fares can be obtained by booking in advance. National buses...
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