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Travel Essentials



a)      Time: Malaysian time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT: +08:00 hours).


b)      Language: Language commonly used is Malay while English is easily realizable by all service sectors.


c)       Weather: Malaysia has a hot and humid climate throughout the year interspersed with tropical rain shower. East coast experiences rain between November & February which is a sunny and dry weather for the West coast.


d)      Currency: Currency in Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit.


e)      Clothing: Comfortable clothes are preferred for Malaysia which is having a hot and humid climate where the religious and traditional traits are mixed up for a modern nation. With a majority of Muslims, the Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Christian and Sikh religious people have their own dressing style and standard for both men and women where the scarf over the hair and skirt instead of pants are preferred for visiting mosques and temples (Hindu & Sikh). T-shirts, short sleeve shirts with long pants, calf length dress covering shoulder or skirt below knees will be more selective to keep cool and comfortable and also not to be affected from sunburn.


f)       Voltage: Electricity between 220 and 240 volts AC is provided at Malaysian adapter is required if the appliance was built for 220-240 volts electrical input or for that appliance compatible with multiple voltages ranges.


g)      Cuisine: Malaysian cuisines have their own traditions and practices with the multi ethnic cooking style of its population which consist of Malays, Chinese and Indians. Malay food which is generally spicy will not have their dishes necessarily chilly-hot but there will always have a chilly based sambal on hand. Indian, Middle Eastern and Chinese spices in Malaysian food come out with the best combination of coriander and cumin with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, cardamom, star anise and fenugreek from the traditional Southeast Asian herbs and spices.


h)      Visa: Visa for visiting Malaysia can be obtained from any of the Malaysian Diplomatic missions if they are not the citizen if any of the visa exempt countries. A 6-month valid passport is mandatory for everyone who travels to Malaysia. US citizens can have the service of VisaHQ by means of all the initials for an expedited passport services which includes the application for the new passport and passport renewal.