Malaysia: tourist information, weather, seasons, time, helpful information

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General information

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Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia on the Malay Peninsula and Borneo (Kalimantan). The state is divided into West Malaysia (on the Malay Peninsula bordered by Thailand, Singapore) and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo (Indonesian name Kalimantan), bordering Indonesia and Brunei. State in area is 329 sq km, which is approximately comparable to the area of Thailand (Malaysia less). The country is divided roughly in half between the mainland (the Malay Peninsula) and island (island of Borneo).

Today, Malaysia is not an underdeveloped third world country (and many still think so), but rather developed and economically successful state, which, moreover, is one of the safest among the countries of Southeast Asia. Tourism here is developing rapidly, offering tourists a beach holiday, a lot of historical and cultural attractions, natural beauty and exotic.

Despite the fact that the main religion of Malaysia is Islam, the rules of conduct here are not as hard and not punished as strictly as in the Arab countries. Tourists can feel here quietly and behave the same as the house, only that the behavior was within the bounds of decency. Perhaps the only limitation, due to government regulation, and Islam, which can experience the tourists is the high price of alcohol and tobacco. But on this account the guests of the country there is an outlet on the Islands of Langkawi and Tioman mode duty free alcohol and cigarettes are very cheap.

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Malaysia traditionally among Russians it is considered quite exotic, and therefore expensive tourist destination. But this is actually true only for package tours. Prices for tourist services (in particular hotels), transportation, food within the country is very low by Russian standards. They are comparable to the prices in Thailand, well, is just slightly above (see more about the price in Malaysia). Cheapness of transport in Malaysia – generally a separate issue. So, air travel within the country local lokosom AirAsia comparable to the cost of travelling by bus. The low prices and the development of transport make Malaysia a great place for independent travel, putting it on a par with Thailand. Travel to Malaysia often combine with a visit to Singapore or Thailand, which are connected by a railway through Malaysia.

It's worth to mention about partying and nightlife in Malaysia. Do not expect from a Muslim state to the abundance of discos and nightlife in Thailand. However, in the popular resorts and in the capital, life is pretty progressive, and to find such entertainment. You can find even girls.

Places to go in Malaysia, abound. Here only the most popular Islands of Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor, Tioman, Perhentian, Ravof the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca; the mountain resort of Cameron highlands. A special direction is the island of Borneo, which is an ideal place for ecotourism.

If you are ready for independent travel, you can find on the website the following useful information:

The state system

Malaysia is a Federal constitutional elective monarchy consisting of 13 States (States) and three Federal territories.

Nine States are monarchies, of which seven sultanates, headed by sultans. Every ruler is also the religious head of his staff.

The other 4 state are the governorates headed by the governors.

Every five years, nine monarchs choose from among its Supreme ruler (the king), Malay Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his Deputy (Viceroy), as a rule, for reasons of seniority or the duration of the Board. The Supreme ruler and sultans perform mainly representational functions, but all the laws and introducing a constitutional amendment are subject to their approval. The real management functions implemented by the Parliament and the Prime Minister.

Economy

The economy of Malaysia is industry (46 % of GDP) and services (41 %). Agriculture - 13% of GDP.

Especially high development made up of electronic and electrical industry. Malaysia is ranked 1st in the world in the production of electronic chips and household air conditioners, the production of palm oil. The country developed the auto industry (national car brands Proton and Perodua). Malaysia also occupies 3-e a place in the world for the production of liquefied natural gas. Developed oil production, textile industry.. Near the capital, Kuala Lumpur, is building the world's largest multimedia corridor — the so-called silicon valley.

Language in Malaysia

The official language in Malaysia is Malay. Also very common are English, Chinese (various dialects), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi and Thai. English in schools is compulsory. Police and civil servants have fluent English.

In some schools teaching Portuguese and Arabic. The population of the Peninsula of Malacca enjoys languages mon-Khmer group, and the island of Kalimantan (Borneo) — Austronesian languages.

Religion

Official state religion — Sunni Islam. His confession, according to various sources, from 53% to 60%. The Malaysian Constitution allowed freedom of religion, so distributed as Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity (10-12%), Hinduism, Sikhism. Forest tribes of Kalimantan, even though they were formally Muslims or Christians who adhere to traditional beliefs.

In Malaysia, there is no such strict Islamic laws, as, for example, in the Middle East. However, the basic principles of behavior in society and gender segregation (division by sex), at least in public places, have also been observed here.

Muslim women usually wear head tudung (hijab or headscarf), but wearing it is optional, the absence of tudung on the head did not condemned or penalized. There are some institutions where wearing tudung necessary.

The Islamic government is encouraging the spread of Islam, promising a good job, various incentives and privileges. Just because of this some people become Muslims, though they do not believe in God. Issues related to divorce and inheritance of Muslims decide in the Sharia courts and the secular courts have no right of review of their decisions.

The time in Malaysia

Time in Malaysia ahead of Moscow is +5 hours. From winter to summer is not translated.

The current time in Malaysia*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: +5 Samara: +4
Kazan: +5 Nizhny Novgorod: +5
Ekaterinburg: +3 Novosibirsk: +1
Irkutsk: 0 Vladivostok: -2
* - if time is incorrect, refresh the page Ctrl+F5:

Electricity in Malaysia

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In Malaysia uses AC electricity 220V, 50Hz. Outlets everywhere are set for a three-pronged forks. At a certain skill in this outlet you can put two-pin plug, but it is recommended to have the adapter as in the photo. Such adapters are widely sold in Malaysia.

If the adapter was not found, you can do so: in the upper flat hole socket, you need to stick something thin, it is better not conducting electricity (e.g., the arc from points). After that, the usual two-pin plugs with thin pins (Euro) 'll come to a wall outlet.

Weather, tourist seasons

The tourist season in Malaysia is all year round.

The climate of Malaysia is Equatorial, monsoon. Average daily and annual amplitude of temperature is small: 25C to 28C. The average annual temperature is 26C. In lowland areas, downstream temperature can rise to 36 °C. In the mountains the climate is cooler at high altitude — moderate, cool. The humidity is high year round, averaging 75-80%, and in the rainy season 90%.

There are two seasons – dry and wet (rainy season). On the East coast the rainy season occurs from November to February. In the West - in April, may and October. In the rainy season precipitation is short (max 2-3 hours a day), the rest of the time the sun is shining and very warm.

More information about the weather and seasons at individual resorts may be found in the sections on the respective resorts.

Current weather in Malaysia (on the island of Langkawi) and the forecast for the near future

Useful tips for Malaysia

  • The lack of toilet paper. Public toilets in Malaysia are often no toilet paper, and has the appropriate soul. If you are not used to use them, better carry a roll of toilet paper.
  • Alcohol and cigarettes. Prices for alcoholic beverages and cigarettes in Malaysia is quite high because of the high fees. But absolutely no duties they are sold on the island of Langkawi, which is a special duty free zone and at the same time the most popular resort.
  • Try to use only your right hand. Make or donate clothes and food better right hand as the left hand is used where there is no toilet paper (see above).
  • Always carry your passport. According to the laws of Malaysia, you should always carry a passport and produce it for inspection by the police. If a passport is not, you may be detained and taken to a police station until identification.
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 11 January, 2019

What you have on hand, and bring. The exchangers are in Penang, go to the area of Komtar or the Penang, there you will find the best rates in my experience. A map is certainly convenient, but not enough where pay. Hotels will pay, and for the transportation, Souvenirs in the small shops there. ...
Karin 27 January, 2019
Hello! The husband has a Grey passport issued by Estonia ( person without citizenship) . Do you need a visa in advance? Or maybe arrange it on arrival ?) ...
admin 28 January, 2019

Honestly, difficult to answer, after all this is a very controversial status without citizenship. It can at passport control not to pay attention to it, and the place of issuance of the passport to put the visa for 90 days as a citizen of Estonia, and can not supply a visa and even do not give, because there is in fact a list of countries that require a visa and persons without citizenship there is clearly no. Try to call the Embassy in Moscow, and even better to write them a letter at least e-mail to answer on paper just in case. And if not difficult, then let me know what happened. ...
Max June 15, 2019
Please tell me
Boats to the Islands after 18: 00 does not go? or just can be found individually? ...
Vladimir N 24 June, 2019
Need addresses of shops selling Ayurveda in Kuala Lumpur ...
valentinatseiko 7 July, 2019
Good afternoon. Thank you for such a detailed description of the topic. For me it was useful to read. ...
Zhereele 23 July, 2019
Good morning!
Question about entry in KL without return tickets. I went through a bunch of sites have very different information. Help Posta if you have any information.
We will enter with 14летним son to here in KL to apply for a student guardian visa (guardianship of me, and he will study there, the school has already received). He learned that we can not let in KL or even to release from Hong Kong (transit flights via Hong Kong from Russia).
Whether so it and what to do? there are tips to buy a ticket for the emission of CL, for example...
on the other hand we have the confirmation from Ministry of Education Malaysia that the child is enrolled in school and will be initiated with the visa application process as soon as we arrive. Maybe this is fly/fly?
thanks in advance!) ...
admin July 23, 2019

The information is different, because we all have different experience in this matter. Officially, the requirement to have return tickets or tickets to a third country for visa-free entry to Malaysia exist in almost all countries, but in practice border controls it is checked rarely. Just imagine the huge flow of entry passport control, and everyone should check out... So check apparently selectively moved by the guards, and limited to the inspection of the printout e-ticket without verifying it in the database. The same applies to the boarding, sometimes can check. But in Hong Kong you have no one to check anything, because if you are transferring one ticket, then you already have your boarding pass from Moscow or where you are flying there, and in Hong Kong, you pass only the control of the safety and document check before boarding and that's it.
So you have several options:
1. Fly as it is, and if the landing or the border you have questions, you show all the documents and explain everything. Chances are that you will be admitted. Also can be part of their history topics. what are you going to travel to Asia to neighboring countries by land in Thailand or Singapore by bus or train. You can, incidentally, buy a train ticket online or a bus, or make a printout, maybe a ride.
2. Fly as it is, and if you have questions, are buying right at the airport any ticket to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia etc. any budget airlines.
3. Buy in advance of any house is the cheapest ticket one-way to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia etc. any budget airlines.
4. Buy a house more expensive ticket in any sosen ...
PetrenkoI 20 August, 2019
Good morning! There are dependant visa to Malaysia, as her husband works there. If there is a divorce, this visa will become invalid (my dependant) or not? Automatically or are there any rules and I have to tell about the divorce, or maybe the husband through his employer? Question in General, will I be able to move after a divorce? ...
admin August 20, 2019

Hello! Wow, what details, I'm afraid such a difficult question to answer accurately can't. But simple logic dictates that if the visa is issued legitimately, and she didn't validity, it is still valid and you will be able to enter. If you inform themselves or to the consular section issuing the visa, the other sources will become aware of the disappearance of the basic conditions for its issuance, i.e. divorce, it may be cancelled by the Consulate.
On your place I would not "sweat" and traveled on this visa, if necessary. Even if the next entry you will not be allowed, then just get a visa stamp on entry. But if you still doubt and want to do it by the rules, better send a request to the consular Department at malmoscow@kln.gov.my or mwmoscow@kln.gov.my ...

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