Malaysia Tourist Guide

In order to make your vacation in Malaysia more eventful, please read the following information!

For those who have booked a transfer in Malaysia:

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a sign with your name on it !

VISA. Citizens of Russia and the CIS countries entering Malaysia for a period not exceeding 30 days are issued a visa when crossing the border. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry.

POPULATION. According to bridgat,Malaysia has more than 22 million people and more than 60 different ethnic groups, the most numerous of which are Malays, Chinese and Indians. Along with Islam (the official religion), Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism are freely practiced.

CURRENCY. In monetary circulation – Malaysian ringgits, 1 ringgit is equal to 100 cents. Major credit cards are accepted for payment in major banks, hotels, shops.

TIME. 4 hours ahead of Moscow.

LANGUAGE. Bahasa Malaysia – Malaysian. English is ubiquitous.

Owners of mobile phones operating in the GSM-900/1800 standard can use them in Malaysia. It is very profitable to purchase Sim-cards of a local TELECOM operator.

For local calls, you can use coin-operated pay phones or pay by card. You can call abroad from the city from a public telephone or from a telephone communication point of the Telecom company. Most hotels have direct international telephone service with a small service charge. To call to Russia, you need to dial 001 + 7 (Russia code) + city code (Moscow – 495) + number of the called subscriber. With a phone card worth RM 20, you can talk to Moscow for almost 3 minutes (on weekends, the cost of international calls is reduced!).

Currency exchange. The monetary unit of Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit (RM). It is better to change in licensed exchange offices in shopping centers, where the exchange rate is slightly better than in banks and much better than in hotels. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 16:30, and ATMs are open from 6:00 to 23:59.

Taxi. The most convenient and relatively cheap urban vehicle is a taxi. A kilometer trip in a regular city taxi will cost about $ 0.4 = 1.2 RM. In the capital, during the daytime, urge drivers to turn on the meter. Also, in Kuala Lumpur, if you take a taxi directly from the hotel lobby, keep in mind that you will most likely be served a Premier taxi, which costs 1.5-2 times more than usual, although there is also more comfort – choose. On the islands and in small towns, prices are negotiable, but taxi drivers are quite honest and adhere to generally accepted prices. In Malaysia, there is a 50% overnight surcharge from 00:00 to 06:00. It is best to pay for the fare in local currency.

Tips. In most restaurants and cafes, tips are already included in the bill in the form of a “10% Service Charge”, but if you liked the service, you can leave 5-10RM as a reward. Taxi drivers and receptionists will be grateful if you give them a small tip.

Security. Malaysia, for tourists, is one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia. The tap water here is drinkable, but it is better to drink boiled or bottled water. You can buy food from street vendors almost without fear for its freshness and quality. Crime in the country is low, but in crowded places, tourists should keep an eye on their belongings. It is especially worth keeping an eye on the bags when you are walking along the sidewalk along the road or standing at the intersection, as there have been cases when motorcyclists snatched bags.

National features and traditions. While in Malaysia, you should follow the rules of polite behavior, which are different from European ones. When entering a Malaysian home, you should always take off your shoes – just like when entering mosques and temples. Do not point at people or objects with your index finger.

Local voltage – 220-240 volts, 50 hertz. To connect to the European standard, you need an adapter, which can be obtained at many hotels.

In a hotel.

  • The form of payment in all Malaysian hotels is relatively similar. Guests are required to pay a deposit at the time of check-in, either by credit card or cash. Its amount fluctuates. Then, when you use the services of the hotel (restaurants, massage parlors, shops located on the territory of the hotel), you are given an invoice at the bottom of which there is a place to write your name, room number and painting. Signed the bill, and went to rest further. This is a very convenient system for not carrying a wallet with you and generally forgetting about money.
  • If the room has a mini-bar, then all drinks taken from it during your stay at the hotel must be paid on the day of departure at the hotel reception. Phone bills and other hotel services are also paid there.
  • Keep in mind that in Malaysia, massages, medical treatments, beauty salon, hairdresser, laundry, ironing, shoe shine and dry cleaning are chargeable. This can be applied to all the water sports equipment offered at the hotel.
  • Be sure to use a safe to store documents, money and valuables. Safes in the rooms are free. But be careful, do not forget the code to it – many hotels charge fines for calling a specialist to open safes. If your room does not have a safe, you can use the hotel safe located in the lobby or at the front desk.
  • If you need to get up early, let the receptionist know and you will be woken up at the right time by a phone call. This service is called “Wake Up Call”, it is free and automated, which allows you to order several alarms at once, for example at 07:00, 07:10, 07:20….. etc.:)


Suria KLCC The most famous and popular shopping complex in the city. Here tourists will find a huge selection of world brands. In addition to expensive brands, there are also more democratic brands, as well as the largest bookstore Kinokuniya. Location: Jalan Ampang
Pavilion The newest shopping complex, located on the busiest shopping street Bukit Bintang. Here guests will find a huge range of branded items from world manufacturers. Located at: Jalan Bukit Bintang

Malaysia Tourist Guide