If you are planning a trip to Malaysia, you’ll need to make sure that you understand the country’s culture and what is required beforehand. To help you get the best experience possible, below are eight things you should know before traveling to Malaysia:
The Food is Diverse
You will find that the food is incredibly diverse in Malaysia. There are many local dishes that have been passed down from generations. The historical ties to the culinary culture means that there is truly something for everyone (and an additional perk is that it’s very affordable). It won’t be difficult to find something that suits most palettes, and the combination of restaurants and street food means that you can dine-in or grab something to go.
Public Transport is Reliable
Public transport is widely available in Malaysia and it is very easy to use. There are monorails, trains, buses and more. You will also be able to download apps that help you to book your tickets too, and this will make your trip way less stressful. If you are planning on doing a lot of travelling, it helps to price up the cheapest method of transportation. This will free up your budget and give you the chance to see the location in the best possible light.
The Climate is Tropical
The temperature in Malaysia is very consistent. It tends to hover around 27 Celsius but it is very humid. There’s a large range of fauna and flora and this can make for some great photo opportunities. One thing you should note, is that the humid climate can bring about large amounts of unsuspecting rain. If you want to get around this then just make sure that you bring waterproof gear. This will allow you to protect yourself if there is a sudden downpour.
Travel Insurance is Necessary
It is recommended that you take out travel insurance whenever you leave your home country. You never know what is going to happen, and a small accident can easily turn your entire trip upside down. Travel insurance will cover you for most things and even if you have a basic policy it is still better than nothing.
Road Rules are Different
It’s important to understand the rules regarding driving in Malaysia. Vehicles are driven on the left-hand side. If you happen to rent a scooter or a vehicle when visiting, keep this in mind and always pay attention to the road signs. If you want to avoid driving, you can find an affordable studio apartment for rent within one of the major cities.
English is a Widely Spoken Language
Many people in Malaysia speak English. This makes it very easy for you to make your way across the country. Ticket machines, signs, information stands, and even food menus tend to be in English, too. This means that you don’t have to second-guess the bus or train ticket you bought, or if you are travelling to the right destination.
You Can Shop Around
You should always make sure that you buy plenty of extra baggage when you travel to Malaysia. There are so many locally-made treasures that can be found in stores and street stands throughout the country. You won’t want to miss out on bringing something back with you, so making space for souvenirs is smart. If you aren’t sure where the best stalls are, talk with the locals, or even look online before you embark on your adventure. This will help you to find the best markets that are full to the brim with remarkable finds.
Vaccinations May Be Required
You may need to get a vaccination before you travel to Malaysia. This of course, does depend on some of the regions that you have travelled to in the past. If you want to get the best result out of your trip, then try and talk with your medical professional six months before you’re departure so that you can have a consultation. They will have a great deal of knowledge and they will also be able to advise you on any other trips that you might be taking. Sometimes it is possible for you to be prescribed malaria pills, so make sure that you keep that in mind.
**this was a collaborative post.