GEOGRAPHY

Malaysia is located in the heart of Southeast Asia. Consisting of 127,000 sq. miles (330,200 sq.km), Malaysia is divided into two main regions: Peninsular Malaysia, which lies just south of Thailand, and East Malaysia, which can be found north of Indonesia on the island of Borneo. These two regions are divided into thirteen states and federal territories. Although East Malaysia occupies the larger portion of Malaysia’s total area, it is primarily comprised of undeveloped land and jungles.

CLIMATE

With temperature that fluctuates little throughout the year, travel in Malaysia is a pleasure. Average temperature is between 21 to 32 degree celcius. Humidity is high. Rain tends to occur between November to February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak, and north-eastern Sabah. On the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia the rainy seasons is April to May and October to November.

LANGUAGES

Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Mandarin, Hakka dialects, Cantonese, Tamil and numerous tribal languages.

VISA

Visitors must be in possession of a current passport or other internationally recognized travel document. They must be endorsed for traveling to Malaysia and have a period of validity of at least six months beyond the time of stay allowed
in Malaysia.

CAPITAL

Capital is Kuala Lumpur.

OFFICE HOUR

Monday to Friday is 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday is 9:30am – 11:30 pm except Sunday.

Economic Profile

Manufacturing constitutes the largest single component of Malaysia’s economy. Tourism and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and timber are other major contributors to the economy.

Currency

The unit of Malaysian Ringgit indicated as “RM” USD1 is roughly equivalent to RM3.70. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.

Post Offices

Open from 8.30am to 5.00pm daily except the first Saturday of each month, Sundays and public holidays. In Kelantan and Terengganu post offices operate during the same hours but are closed on Fridays and public holidays.

Weights and Measures

Malaysia follows the metric system in weights and measures.

Telephones and Internet

Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or pre-paid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with card phone facilities or at any Telekom office. Mobile network is covered the country except some rural areas. Most of leading hotels are with Internet access at room or business center.

Gratuity

Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income and depending on how satisfy you are with their service. Suggested US$2.00 per person per day traveling with a group and US$5.00 per person per day tipping for driver and the local guide(s).

Time

Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.