🌎Capital: Kuala Lumpur
🌎Currency: Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
🌎Zone: +8 (GMT)
🌎Phone Code: +60
🌎Best time to visit: Dec-Feb
🌎Must eat: Nasi lemak
🌎Must drink: Tehtarik
🌎Don't miss: Petrona Towers
Malaysia is highly accessible by air because it's one of the most visited countries by foreigners thanks to its climate, beautiful beaches and scenery and for its shopping haven. The flag carrier of the country is Malaysia Airlines, which over the years has decreased it's presence due to some unfortunate air accidents which saw it loose two aircraft. However it's reputation and service are excellent and stands out with its legendary service and hospitality.
There are numerous other airlines, both from Europe and the Gulf, offering direct services to its capital Kuala Lumpur. As well there are frequent services to its popular holiday resort, Penang and Lang Kawi, with at least one stop if coming from Europe.
Another option is to travel to Malaysia from other Asian cities doing a tour of the region as many tend to do. For this the reason low cost airlines are the best to travel with, as they offer frequent fights at good prices. Air Asia, is a dominant player in the market. But you can find many more other low cost airlines as well as legacy carriers.
Lastly, you can travel also by train from Thailand or by road, however there is a ferry crossing so you can't make it direct. Travelling by road will take in excess of 18 hours at least from Bangkok. You can travel however to Singapore by road, which is direct and takes about 9 hours.
Within the country, it's popular to travel by air as the distances are quite long and tourists often don't have much time so the air transport is effective and not expensive thanks to the amount of competition there is. (specially with Low cost airlines).
Public transport is well developed in the country and specially in Kuala Lumpur there is an excellent service of metro and busses, air conditioned, giving frequent and affordable service for locals and visitors alike.
Being located on the equator, the climate is very even throughout the year, specially the weather will be always hot and humid with temperatures around 30C. However there are different seasons . The best season to travel is the cool season when the sun is less direct and at night it can get cooler. (December to February). On the other side the Hot season (March to June), weather is drier and still very hot. The rainy season (July to September) has cloudy and muggy days but can be hot as well so always carry water around with you. By the beach it's not as hot as the inland but the sun is very strong so always take some protection if you're skin is sensitive to burn.
Malaysia is a great place to taste a multitude of cuisines, an interesting fusion of European, Chinese and Indian flavours can be found in markets and restaurants alike. The national cuisine shares similarities with Thai and Indonesian food, but Malaysian cooking has its own unique specialities, based on exotic spices, chilli, ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves, coconut milk and peanuts. Many dishes are extremely spicy, but rice is served with almost everything.
Although Malaysia is predominantly Islamic, bars and restaurants in larger cities serve beer, wine and spirits to cater for the tourists.
Specialities which can be found are: Nasi lemak, rice steamed with coconut milk, served with dried anchovies, sambal, peanuts and eggs, the national dish.Char KwayTeow, thick rice noodles stir fried with soy sauce and meat or fish. Nasi goreng, Malay-style fried rice, a favourite at street stalls and night markets.Roti canai, fried flat bread with curry sauce, a delicious and cheap snack served everywhere. Rendang daging, slow-cooked beef with lemongrass and coconut.Rojak, a spicy fruit or vegetable salad, plus other ingredients such as fried tofu and youtiao (Chinese cruellers). Laksa, a hot and sour seafood soup with coconut milk.Nasi kandar, mamak-style steamed rice with curries and vegetable side dishes. Aiskacang, a Malay desert of shaved ice, fruits, beans, sweetcorn, grass jelly, condensed or evaporated milk and fruit syrups.Rojak, a spicy fruit or vegetable salad, plus other ingredients such as fried tofu and youtiao (Chinese cruellers). Laksa, a hot and sour seafood soup with coconut milk.Nasi kandar, mamak-style steamed rice with curries and vegetable side dishes. Aiskacang, a Malay desert of shaved ice, fruits, beans, sweetcorn, grass jelly, condensed or evaporated milk and fruit syrups.
As for drinks: Tehtarik, it's like ‘pulled’ tea, made with sweet condensed milk and poured between two jugs to aerate the mix.