Malaysia Travel Guide
What to expect? My Malaysia travel guide provides you the best travel tips from an itinerary to budget tips and a packing list. Let’s explore Malaysia!
3 Things I Love About Malaysia
- Most of all the FOOD. The Malaysian food is one of my favorites in Asia. I know these are bold words because the food in Asia is delicious everywhere but still I’m in love with the Malaysian food. The dishes have a great variety and you’ll find so many different things to try. The reason is that the food in Malaysia is influenced by Indian, Chinese, Thai and Indonesian cuisine. Don’t miss the national meal Nasi Lemak!
- The MELTING POT. As with their cuisine Malaysia has a lot of different cultures and nationalities living there. This makes the country very various and you’ll find Little India’s and Chinatowns everywhere. It’s interesting and nice to see all the different cultures living together in peace and accepting each other. Where else in the world are so many different languages spoken at the same time? But don’t worry, most of the locals speak good English and all the public places have English translations. You want to visit a mosque, a hindu temple, a christian church or a buddha temple? You have them all in Malaysia.
- The LOCALS. I had some very lovely experiences with the local people in Malaysia. They’re very open-minded and helpful. It doesn’t matter if you ask them for the way, which places to visit in Malaysia or want to know which restaurant is the best for having dinner. The Malay will be happy to give you tips.
Suggested Budget For Malaysia
The daily budget for Malaysia is around $35 per person including accommodation (hostel), food, transportation and activities.
Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating local and using public transportation. However, if you stay in a more luxury accommodation or eat out fancy, expect this to be higher!
Best Time To Visit Malaysia
To avoid the monsoon, the west side of Malaysia is generally better to visit in the winter months between December and February, while islands on the east side of Malaysia are better during the summer months between June and August. Don’t do the same mistake as I did and travel to Malaysia during Chinese New Year. I had quite a lot troubles (it’s hard to find accommodations and transportations) because of the festival which is every year around February. You can check the actual dates online as they vary each year.
What To Pack For Malaysia
If you plan on visiting religious sites you have to cover your legs and shoulders. A big scarf can help out.
- Loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
- Flip Flops and beachwear if you’re going to one of the islands.
- Sun blocker.
- Mosquito Repellent.
- Travel Adapter.
- Charger for mobile phone, laptop or tablet.
- A super lightweight rain jacket as there is always the risk of a quick shower of rain.
- First-aid kit.
- Hat or cap which protects you from the sun.
Where To Go In Malaysia
There are a lot of places to visit in Malaysia. When I was there, I started my route from Kuala Lumpur up north along the west coast. I stopped in Ipoh and Penang and ended up in Pulau Tuba which is a small island near Langkawi. To offer you a comprehensive Malaysia travel guide, I collected my tips for each city of my trip including must-visit places and hotels to stay in.
Explore Malaysia’s beautiful places here: