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Overview
Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the safest and most stable destinations in Southeast Asia, but it's still important to make sure you're prepared for every eventuality, especially if you're planning to explore the wilderness. Read the below advice before your next holiday to Malaysia

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Visas
Malaysia

British citizens receive an entry permit stamp for 90 days upon arrival at Malaysian airports and land borders. Find out more about immigration requirements by contacting the Malaysian Embassy or speaking to your Travel Butler.

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Inoculations
Malaysia

Vaccinations are not required to enter Malaysia, but malaria tablets are a recommended precaution if you will be travelling to inland regions of Borneo.

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When to go
Malaysia

Malaysia's relatively stable but tropical climate makes it a favourite getaway all year round. Though mostly less affected by the tropical monsoon season compared to its regional neighbours, travel along the east coast of the peninsula and on Borneo can still be affected between November and February, when rainfall is highest and some boat services to the islands are suspended. To experience Malaysia in celebration, some of the biggest annual festivals are Chinese New Year in January or February, the Buddhist Vesak festival in May or June and the Hindu Diwali festival of lights in October or November. The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is observed by more than half of Malaysia’s population, and the end of the month usually sees many local businesses closing and major cities largely free of traffic.

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Currency
Malaysia

Malaysia uses the ringgit, which is comprised of 100 sen.

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Electrical
Malaysia

Malaysia uses the same type of plugs and voltage as the UK so you will not need a travel adaptor.

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Travel insurance
Malaysia

Make sure you're covered by travel insurance to give you peace of mind when travelling to all parts of Malaysia, especially if you're planning to take part in water sports, mountain climbing and other outdoor activities.

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What to pack
Malaysia

Malaysia is hot and humid for most of the year. While lightweight clothing is essential, you should also consider packing some warm clothing if you plan on heading into highland areas or spending time in air-conditioned malls. It is also important to bring some modest clothes to wear in temples and mosques, where you must cover bare shoulders and legs. A few essentials to pack include:

  • Passport
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking boots or good walking shoes
  • Sarong

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