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Malaysia is perhaps the most varied country in Asia. If you want, you can escape the busy city and head to the beach or the jungle within just an hour. The country is a mishmash of different cultures, which also means plenty of different kinds of food to try!

Good to know

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Dial code: 0060 / +60
Emergency number: General: 911・From mobile: 112・Fire brigade: 199
Highest point: 4.095 m (Gunung Kinabalu)
Travel advice: Check out the current travel advice for Malaysia

Visa-free entry

If you want to stay in Malaysia for 90 days or less, you do not need a visa. You are however obligated to carry a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months when you arrive in Malaysia, with at least one empty visa page. Officially you must also be able to present a return ticket or a ticket to your next destination, but this is not often checked.

For more information, please contact the Immigration Department of Malaysia or consulate in your country.

Check out our blog about traveling with a one-way ticket to find out how you can get proof of onward travel.

It is wise to get vaccinated against tetanus and hepatitis A before you travel to Malaysia. Depending on where you are going and what you are going to do, you can get a vaccine for yellow fever, cholera, hepatitis B, TB, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, or take medicine to prevent malaria (or ask for an emergency set). There are also mosquitoes that transmit other diseases for which there are no vaccinations or medicines. So where you can, make sure to protect yourself against them. Check out the recommendations.


The costs you spend per day in Malaysia are higher than those in other countries in Southeast Asia. Whereas in countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal you can live for a while, in Malaysia you have to dig a little deeper. Don’t worry, it’s still not an expensive country. For example, you can already spend the night for a few euros, many places of interest can be visited for free, and a meal and transport do not cost a fortune. That does not mean that it is not possible. You can actually make it as expensive in Malaysia as you want. The budgets below give you an idea:

Budget€25,- a day
Standard€35,- a day

The budgets above are per person per day. In the “Budget” category you stay in simple hostels, eat (almost) always on the street and do cheaper activities. With the “Standard” category you have a private room (possibly in a hostel) and you can eat out more often.

The best time to travel

You can actually go to Malaysia all year round. Only if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time can you get a lot of rain on your roof. The best time to travel to Malaysia can be found below by region:

– Western part of the peninsula: December to February
– Eastern part of the peninsula: March to October
– Malaysian Borneo: April to September

You can actually visit the western part of the peninsula (which also includes Kuala Lumpur and George Town) throughout the year. It is almost always hot and the humidity is high (luckily there is air conditioning everywhere ;-)). In our winter it is on average slightly drier. For the eastern part, March to October are the best months to travel to this part of Malaysia. The rainy season is also a bit more intense in the east than in the west. In the summer months, it can get pretty busy. That starts in June when Malaysians themselves go on holiday to the Perhentian islands, Redang or Tioman for example.

Keep in mind that, especially on Borneo, it can also rain very hard ‘in season’! That usually does not take long, but it is annoying if you are just outside during such a heavy rain shower. By the way, you don’t have to count on the weather forecasts, they actually never make sense in Malaysia.

A few facts

Malaysia is a country where people from different cultures live, but the population is for the most part Muslim. Something you have to take into account if you visit the country during Ramadan. If you travel off the beaten track during this period, it may be more difficult to find food, for example, because many restaurants close at night.

The best and cheapest way to get from A to B in Malaysia is with a Grab taxi. Grab is the Asian Uber and it works in much the same way. So be sure to install the app before you arrive at the airport!
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