Summer Vacation - Travel Tips
All Malaysian knows that the weather can be rather unpredictable so always go for versatility. Comfortable and light clothes are recommended to for the warm, humid weather. Sandals are most commonly worn but sports shoes best suited for more outdoor activities. Be sure to be polite and dress neatly by cover your arms and legs when visiting places of worship.
Being Malaysian, we pride ourselves in the vast variety of different foods that can be found in stalls, night market, malls, and streets. Be sure to go for food hunting and try as many of our famous local food that serve up some of the best noodles, snacks, desserts.
Do carry essential travel documents such as health insurance and health certificates ready. Be sure to have your mobile phone fully charged with internet data if you intend to explore around and not get lost. The electric supply is on a 240-volt 50-cycle system with a UK flat 3 pin plug.
When spending extended periods of time walking under the blazing sun, be sure to use sunblock and make sure you are well hydrated at all times. Dehydration is the most common problems for the unprepared traveler. Unless it is during the monsoon season that tends to occur between November to February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The rainy season for the west coast of peninsular Malaysia typically occur around April to May and October to November.
Do insist on meter usage when you are travelling when you intend to use Taxi. Or use Grab or Uber for your convenience. However, when travelling in groups of friends with bags and luggage do make sure everyone can fit in the car comfortably. The maximum number of passenger should be 4.
Do remove your shoes when entering homes and places of worship like temples or mosque. It is customary for remove and leave footwear outside the house. Be sure to handle food with your right hand or when giving or when receiving money from a Malaysian. Do not be offended if you offer a handshake and it is not reciprocated by a Muslim who is of the opposite sex. Physical contact between opposite sex is discourage.
Most retail outlets have a fixed price for goods, however you are free to bargain at night markets as it is most common done and are to be expected. Shopping centres mostly operates from 10am to 10pm, with few exceptions for public holidays in an extended period of up to 11pm. Be sure to watch out for your belonging when travelling around crowded places.