Travelling to the unique country of Malaysia is a refreshingly pleasant experience. Locals are courteous and friendly to passing travellers, going over and above to make visitors feel at ease. Their culture is very much family orientated and is extended out to tourists generously. Before you are adopted by local family though, the following information might come in handy.
As it stands, Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Malaysia for up to 3 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms you must hold a passport that is valid for a further 6 months upon arrival. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up to the minute visa information please contact your local Malaysian embassy.
The currency in Malaysia is the ringgit. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Malaysian Ringgit fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or cash passport with you. Cash passports are ideal for international travel as they can hold a range of currencies including Canadian Dollars and can be used like credit cards.
The food available in Malaysia is influenced heavily on local culture which happens to be a concentrated mixture of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian people. Staple foods include rice, noodles and bread, however meals served are often exotic, flavoursome and a true delight. Seafood delights such as home cooked king prawn curries are regularly consumed as well as noodle soups and roasted cuts of meat to name just a few. It is almost guaranteed that on every visit to a Malaysian food establishment or on the street ‘hawker’ you will find something new to try, so an open mind will be needed. You might even find a new favourite dish.
The city centres come alive at night with both the young and older generations swarming to their choice venues. Hotel bars welcome all to join in with the night’s entertainment and it isn’t unusual for a live band to be the main attraction. Opulence lingers in the air as trend setting restaurants and comfortable cafes cater for the world’s jet-setting go-getters. New York City isn’t the only place that doesn’t sleep; Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur services the needs of its guests 24 hours a day. Dine out as late as you wish and or enjoy a post-dance meal with street hawkers serving traditional and tasty meals well on into the night.