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Travel tips for Malaysia - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

Langkawi 1. Traveling in a rented car is a safe, convenient, and inexpensive way to get acquainted with the country. World-famous car rental companies are mostly very expensive compared to local rental companies. You will need a license and a credit card to rent a car. You should be careful when driving. Locals drive fast. Road signs and markings are not everywhere. Left-hand traffic is very unusual.
2. Chinatown is the most popular, noisy, and crowded area of Kuala Lumpur. You can rent very cheap housing there. However, it is better not to do this. More prestigious Bukit Bintang is a 10-minute walk away. You can stay there with great comfort if you pay a slightly larger amount.
3. Kuala Lumpur is a large city. But most of the places that you must see are located close to each other in the center. You can see all the sights from the modern shopping centers located almost nearby in Bukit Bintang to the numerous Pasar Seni street markets in just one or two days.
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4. Malaysia is located right on the equator in the hottest solar belt on the planet. It is warm and sunny all year round here. If you can't stand the heat, then the period from December to February will be the best time for your trip. The rainy season starts in the west of the country in April-May and October-December. It rains in the east from October to February.
5. It is convenient and profitable to buy original souvenirs, crafts of local craftsmen, and even food at special night markets. The stifling heat subsides in the evening. In addition, prices go down closer to the closing time. Sellers make discounts more readily.
6. Free Wi-Fi is available in many public places in the country. You can purchase a SIM card from one of the local operators to make calls. Mobile Internet is also well developed here. It has a large coverage area.
7. It is most convenient to take US dollars to the trip. They can be exchanged for the national currency - the Malaysian ringgit. The most profitable exchange rate is in small exchange offices. Cards are accepted almost everywhere. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. Malaysia is a multicultural country. Its inhabitants respect the religious beliefs of representatives of different faiths. Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian holidays are celebrated at the state level here. You should check the calendar of holidays before you travel, so as not to get into a situation when everything is closed. For example, it will be problematic to have a snack during daylight hours during the Holy month of Ramadan in places where the Muslim population lives.
9. Cycle rickshaw is a unique and inexpensive form of transport that is common in the capital. It is convenient for traveling short distances. Passengers are placed in a wheelchair attached to the side of the bike. There are also cycle rickshaws in Penang. However, they are not in such great demand there. Taxis are very popular here. This type of transport is quite cheap here. It is better to use the services of licensed drivers. They can be identified by the "checkers" and the inscription "taxi" in the car. The payment method is specified in the same place: by the counter ("bermeter") or by the prepayment ("berkupon"). Public transport in large cities and intercity transport links is well developed in Malaysia compared with many other Asian countries. There is no public transport in the Langkawi archipelago.
10. If you are going to visit Melacca, it is better to stay in the immediate vicinity of Jonker Street. It is close to all historical sites. The street is filled with people on weekends and in the evenings. The night market opens at this time. Many souvenirs and crafts, as well as street food, are sold there. It is convenient to explore the city also with the help of a river cruise. It is better to buy tickets and take a boat to Taman Rimba and Muara pier.
11. The quality of street food is at the highest level here. Therefore, you can make a snack at markets and street outlets. Water from the tap is also suitable for drinking.
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12. You should observe the rules of decency and dress code on beaches and at places of worship. It is not customary to sunbathe topless on beaches. You cannot enter the mosque in shorts and overly exposed clothing. You should take off your shoes when entering mosques and houses.
13. Malaysia is a fairly safe country for tourists. Of course, you should follow certain rules: do not leave your things unattended and do not carry large amounts of money. But the main thieves in Malaysia are not people but monkeys. They steal cameras and phones in huge numbers from tourists. If you are going to feed or communicate with cute animals you should make sure that your things are hidden.
14. Visa is not required to travel to the country. But it's better to get health insurance. The travel agency will issue it when purchasing a package tour. You can also issue it yourself. It is better to be vaccinated against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A, and typhoid to visit the country.
15. There are many beautiful beaches in the country. The best of them are located on the Islands of Tioman and Langkawi. Jellyfish have spoiled the convenience of Penang's beaches. They flood coastal waters in abundance. You should be careful when entering the sea. Fans of a secluded, relaxing holiday will appreciate the beaches of Teluk Kampi (Penang) and Juara.
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Interactive Park i-City

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Malaysia has one of the most beautiful parks in the world. In the interactive i-City, visitors can admire colorful trees that are adorned with millions of glowing lights. The green zone is situated in Shah Alam city. The opening took place in 2010. The park is usually visited in the dark. Besides trees with scattering garlands, the green zone features spectacular figurines of flamingos and peacocks and other noteworthy installations.

Unlike many other LED parks in the world, i-City is open all year round. Every day, it is visited by curious tourists making great pictures. Originally, the park was conceived as a demonstration place of a new LED equipment. After the opening, it became so popular, that managers of the project decided not to dismantle installations after the finish of the … Read all

Lord Murugan Statue

From the series “The Most Grandiose Statues and Monuments”
In Malaysia, in the immediate vicinity of the city of Kuala Lumpur, there is the statue of the god Murugan. It's located next to another famous tourist attraction in the region, Batu Caves. Opening of the monument took place in 2006. Its height is 42.7 meters. The monument looks very impressive. About 250 tons of steel and about 1 500 cubic meters of concrete were used to construct the statue. It took 300 liters of the gold paint to decorate the monument.

The statue of god Murugan is the highest religious sculpture in Malaysia. That's the personification of the great Hindu god Murugan. Not far from the statue, there is the most famous Hindu temple of the country, so it's not surprising that these places attract not only curious tourists, but pilgrims.

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George Town Swiftlet Farm

From the series “Top 10 Extraordinary Farms”
One of the most original farms in the world can be found in Georgetown. On this farm is a special kind of swifts is bred - swiftlets. At first glance there is nothing unusual in the breeding of birds. The main characteristic of the farm is the aim of breeding. The main objective of breeders are swiftlets’ nests - a unique delicacy, that is appreciated by gourmets around the world. On the farm in Georgetown, ideal conditions for nesting are created. The nests obtained on the farm are served in world’s best restaurants as an expensive gourmet product and are used for cooking the famous bird’s nest soup.

According to the opinion of experienced gourmets, the so-called 'swallows’ nests' have an incredible flavor. The main building material is bird’s saliva, which is pretty solid in a … Read all
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Advices for popular cities of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
1. There are no strict rules regarding dress here; locals hold an informal style, they can even visit important activities in casual clothes. For exploring the city casual wear is perfect, here it is prevalent among people of all ages. 2. Going for a walk, be sure to have sunscreen with you, as sun is particularly crafty in summer months. For those, who expect to spend time outdoors, repellents would be useful. 3. It is uncommon to leave a tip in restaurants and hotels. In some upscale … Read more
Langkawi
1. There is no public transport on the island. It’s more recommended to hike, so it will be easier to explore important sights. Taxis can be called by phone or taken on special parking next to major attractions and shopping centers. It’s very difficult to stop a car on the street. 2. Rental cars, bikes and scooters are widespread on the island. In the latter two cases, no special documents are required for rent. To rent a car, you need an international driver's license and a passport; you … Read more
Penang
1. Tourists are advised to avoid visiting the island in the period from September to November as the weather on the island is rather rainy and the chance of hurricanes is rather high in this part of the year. The heat of the tourist season is considered to be a period from the mid of December till the middle of February as the island features the most favorable weather. Besides this is a period of numerous ethnic holidays and festivals. 2. A cost for hotel accommodation as well as for different … Read more
Melaka
1. It's much more profitable to make an exchange in private exchange offices, as they don't charge a commission unlike banks. Exchange offices can be found literally at any busy tourist place, including major shopping centers. 2. Holidaymakers have to consider that tipping is not accepted in Malaysia. In some large restaurants service charge is included in the total score; it is usually 10% of the total. It's also not accepted to leave a monetary reward for a maid at a hotel. 3. Seasonal … Read more

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