The Malaysian currency, the exchange rate, credit cards, checks, tips

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The exchange rate

The exchange rates of Malaysia in relation to world currencies quite stable. The approximate exchange rate to the ruble: 1 ringgit is worth 18 rubles. To quickly recalculate the cost of the ringgit in U.S. dollars, just multiply it by 1.6 and add a zero. For example, 10 ringgit is about 160 rubles.

The exchange rate (Malaysian ringgit) today ()

10 ringgit (MYR) = 153,50 rubles (RUB)
1 Euro (EUR) = to 4.59 MYR
100 rubles (RUB) = MYR of 6.51
1 United States dollar (USD) = 4,15 MYR
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The Currency Of Malaysia

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The national currency of Malaysia is ringgit (ringgit), also called the old Malayan dollar. International currency symbol is RM or MYR. The ringgit is divided into 100 sen. The old currency, the Malaysian dollar, currently not really used, but sometimes used in the virtual price tags, and when the real calculation are converted into ringgit.

Currently in the country in circulation are banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 ringgit different editions.

All the money in Malaysia contain the portrait of the first Supreme Governor of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

The dollars of Singapore and Brunei is also known here under the name of ringgit, so be careful in calculations, especially in the border States mentioned areas.

The calculation of the foreign currency is not particularly common in Malaysia and is offered everywhere in the national currency. Even if the prices are indicated in US dollars (mainly travel services), the calculation most likely will still be made in local currency. Quite common when you pay with Singapore dollar, however, when a direct calculation of this currency is very unfavorable rate.

What to change:

Better to change currency only at authorized exchange offices, as they are of course cheaper than the banks. Exchange at the airport might be slightly less profitable, but not so much understated. For example, in the airport of Kuala Lumpur KLIA - of 2.93, and in Kuala Lumpur to 3.08 on the same day, i.e. the difference in the exchange of $ 100 will be 15 ringgit (around 150 rubles). If the local currency at the airport can not do, it is best to change a small amount at the airport, and the principal amount to be changed in exchange offices as needed. In most exchange offices, the rate for small bills is lower than on large (50, 100 dollars), and some of the exchangers 1, 5, 10 dollars do not accept. The difference between the rate on Bank notes of 50 and 100 dollars there, so you can easily carry with them and those and others.

In most parts of the country banks are open Monday - Friday from 09:30 - 16:00. On Saturday, banks are only 2 hours from 09.30 to 11.30. On Sundays banks are closed. In the States of Kedah, Kelantan, Trengganu banks operate on a different schedule: Wednesday - Saturday 09:30 - 16:00 Thursdays: 09:30 - 11:30 on Friday not working. All banks in Malaysia are closed on the 1st Saturday of the month. Exchange offices set the operation mode at its discretion and often begin to work quite late hours 10-11.

What currency is best to take to Malaysia

The most convenient currency to exchange is the us dollar. Euros can also be exchanged everywhere. If you are coming from Thailand and you have remained in the hands of the Thai currency (baht), it too can be safely exchanged everywhere.

Plastic cards/checks

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Plastic cards in Malaysia is very common. ATMs have been installed everywhere. Pay for purchases in the restaurant, hotel, shopping center also will not be easy. But remember about safety precautions: Asia banks are a high-risk country when using plastic cards, and Malaysia in particular. Very often the cards even such systems as VISA and Mastercard blocked when you are using them in Malaysia. Read the note on safety measures when working with plastic cards for travelling here.

Keep in mind that if the credit card payment from the card will take 2.5 - 3% more for processing.

If you go to remote, rural areas, about the withdrawals better to think in advance in a big city.

Tourist receipts in Malaysia are fairly common and you will not have any problems cashing in the big banks. The rate of exchange of cheques in banks and exchange offices is even slightly higher than cash (for example, the purchase rate of cash dollar - 2,93; rate of purchase of cheques - 3,0945). Like when you exchange cash, the exchange rate from place to place varies, and is better to look for a specialized exchange that accept checks (these are of course higher than in banks).


Tipping in Malaysia is not accepted. Usually in the bill and include taxes and service charge.

If you really like the service, we can thank tip. Porters in hotels give a coin in 1-2 ringgit. When paying for a taxi ride can round the amount in a big way. The restaurant can refuse delivery in 1-2 ringgit.

If from tipping refuse and insist to give you the change (and this happens not so rarely), you also do not insist and take delivery.

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 or ...