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Malaysia is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and is a land of fascinating sights and attractions. Rich in color and contrasts, Malaysia has a multi-faceted charm that provides intriguing images for the visitors. The natural warmth of Malaysians is legendary; wherever one goes, the friendliness and hospitality of the people would prove to be a very special experience. Malaysia is paradise. Its sun-drenched beaches, enchanting islands, diverse flora and fauna, forest retreats and magnificent mountains are among the best in this region. Many visitors have discovered Malaysia's other attractions: a shopping haven, a versatile conference venue, an incentive destination, an adventure land and much more.

Language

Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Mandarin, Hakka dialects, Cantonese, Tamil and numerous tribal languages are spoken in Malaysia.

Climate

Temperature that fluctuates little throughout the year, travel in Malaysia is a pleasure. Average temperature is between 21 and 32 degree Celsius. Humidity is high. Rain tends to occur between November to February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak, and northeastern Sabah. On the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia the rainy seasons is April to May and October to November. Generally, Malaysia has two distinct seasons. The dry season occurs during the southwest monsoon from May and September. The northeast monsoon brings the rainy season to the country during mid-November till March.

Food

Malaysia has many kinds of restaurants almost everywhere in the cities and towns. There are Malay Restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Indian Restaurants, Thai Restaurants and more. Eating out in Malaysia is a real gastronomic adventure. There is such a great variety like spicy Malay Food, a seemingly endless variety of Chinese food, exotic cuisine from North and South India, as well as Nyonya and Portuguese Food. Popular Malaysian dishes include satay, nasi lemak, rendang, roti canai, murtabak, laksa, chicken rice, and fried noodles. Western cuisine is also easily available. In addition, international fast food chains operate in major towns side by side with thousands of roadside stalls and food bazaars.

Clothing

The diversity of climates makes clothing options unlimited. Ask your MediTravels representative to assist you in planning for your specific destination.

Communications

There are numerous Internet cafes. Most hotels have Internet access. International calls can be made from public telephones with card facilities or at any telecom office. Public coin-operated phones can be found in many areas, such as supermarkets and post offices. Cards can be purchased at airports, gas stations and some shops. Mobile phone roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies.

Currency Exchange

The Malaysian Ringit (MYR) is also referred to as the Malaysian Dollar. Malaysian banks charge in the region of US$2-3 for foreign exchange transactions. Moneychangers are generally quicker to deal with and do not charge commission; their rates however are variable. Traveler´┐Żs checks can be exchanged at banks and some hotels. All major credit cards are accepted at up market hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely available.

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills. Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore, but is appreciated for excellent service.

Visa Requirements

Visitors must be in possession of a current passport or other internationally recognized travel document. They must be endorsed for traveling to Malaysia and have a period of validity of at least six months beyond the time of stay allowed in Malaysia. No visas are required for citizens of British Commonwealth countries (except India), British Protected persons, and citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, San Marino, Switzerland and the United States (for social, business or academic purposes only). No visas are required for stays not exceeding three months for citizens of: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Tunesia, U.S.A., France and Germany (except for local employment).

Immunization Requirements

No cholera or smallpox vaccination is required for travelers entering Malaysia. Visitors arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Zones and affected areas are required to present International Health Certificates showing Yellow Fever vaccination. Water and food are generally safe. Visitors may want to drink bottled water, especially in outlying areas