Travelers find themselves visiting Malaysia quite frequently. For one it’s full of lush rainforests, sunny beaches and tongue tickling food but on the flip side, it may be an overwhelming experience for first-timers. So here are some tips and tricks to help you survive this vibrant culture:
Know the local language
It will be wrong to assume that all locals speak the same language as the travelers. Although most of them to speak in English. In rural areas, people can speak a little English which is often limited to asking about your day and saying Thanks. So if you know that you will be staying in rural areas more then it’s imperative that you learn the local language. Even if you are not, try to learn some basic world in Tamil, Malay, and Chinese. They will appreciate the effort you took to learn some words and basic phrases in their language to speak to them.
Join up some local communities before you even arrive
Know that there are many locals and travel enthusiasts who love to share their interest in Malaysian culture by using events and programs. It’s highly recommended that you look at hostels which organize such kind of programs. This can include city tours, food tours, nightlife, hiking, and other such fun activities. If you can’t get a hostel, then Couchsurfing is another great thing which you can do. This will also allow you to befriend locals see a variety of localities which you would miss out on generally. If you want to engage in arts and culture, then make sure you look at the social media of local galleries and art markets.
Know about the duty-free rules
Malaysia has real rules about duty-free concessions. There’s a limit for buying some items. Here are some examples of such:
- Keep in mind that things like spirits, wine or malt liquor can’t really exceed one liter per person.
- Also, only 200 cigarettes can be brought into Malaysians.
- Cosmetics and perfumes also can’t cost more than the sum of RM200 which is around USS50.
- You will have to go to Red Lane to declare their goods. If there’s nothing to declare then you can move on to the Green Lane.
No drugs are allowed
Know that taking drugs in Malaysia is a very serious crime regardless of what you have brought in and what quantity. You can face high fines and jail time as punishment for these cases. So make sure that you check and double check your bags and luggage to make sure that there are not questionable things which can later on pop up in your belongings.
Go for the hawker stalls
Know that hawker stalls can look stuffy and hot due to the crowd which stands around it but the local delicacies and their varieties are best found in here. You will find that authentic Malaysian cuisine is actually prepared in these stalls. But more than that, these dishes will actually be affordable to you than eating out at any of the fancy restaurants. A single dish can cost you around RM7 to 10, which is 1 or 2 USD. Here’s a little tip: If you are going with a gang of friends, then order the huge dishes which you will be able to share. Moreover, they are bound to be cheaper as well. These hawker stalls are kept clean as well so you will be able to enjoy your meals right there itself.
Pack for hot and humid weather
Malaysia has beautiful tropical weather with temperatures that can rise to 28 to 31°C. But the weather can get really hot some days while it can get humid on both sunny and rainy days alike. So always have back up plans so that you will be able to enjoy your indoor activities without feeling like your sweat can fill up buckets. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Take clothes which are light, breezy but also keep in mind the dressing customs. The more rural you will go, the more you will be encountering traditional rules. So it’s better that you keep these in mind.
- If you are thinking about the heat then plan your trip so far you are able to visit malls and stay there till the evening. You will be able to browse stalls there to buy some souvenirs as well as be able to enjoy meals at lovely cafes.
- Also, pack sunscreen and a headscarf (especially if you are a woman). It will help protect you from the sun and pollution along with making it seem like you are following local rules.
Use public transport
Public transport is the best way to get around in Malaysia. There are lots of lines like the MRT, LRT, Monorail and such. These can be used to visit the entirety of Kuala Lumpur. Hop on buses to get to your destination as well as see the city and know its layout better. You can also walk to see the local landmarks better and also to familiarize yourself with how things are done generally. But don’t walk during afternoons because the heat will exhaust you pretty soon.
Entertainment in Malaysia
Malaysia offers a lot for its travelers. You can do everything from regular sightseeing to taking on more adventurous roles like paragliding, scooter diving, sea walking and more. Know that you will also be able to gamble here. So if you are interested in that then you will be able to find out casinos or online betting Malaysia centers.
Get the equipment ready for hiking
Malaysia is a hikers paradise with its mountains and tropical rainforests. But before you get lost in feeling how amazing it will be to climb them, it’s important to remember that you need to pack for it. Here are some tips for it:
- Pack appropriate clothing for the hike.
- Take insect repellent with you.
- Pack some healthy snacks which you will be able to munch on if you get hungry along the way.
- Drink water so that you stay hydrated.
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes.
Malaysia has a lot of amazing sights to see and lots of adventurous things to do. This survival guide will help keep you safe so that you are able to enjoy your vacation to your heart’s content.