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Facts about country

Capital Kuala Lumpur


22 million

Main Languages

Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, indigenous dialects


2 Plug System 220 50 HZ


Malaysian ringgit (dollar)

Exchange Rate for US $ as of Dec 2001

3.8 ringgit per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water



329,750 sq km


train, bus, plane, taxi, minibus, tourist bus, boat, motorbike

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes
Credit Card Usage Yes
Religion Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Hindu, tribal
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
22 $ 8 $ 6 4 $ 4 $

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Kuala Lumpur Y It is the very modern capital of Malaysia with the worlds two highest buildings.  It does not have that much to offer, but it is worth a quick visit. 7
Melaka Y Melaka is a nice small town which was first settled by the Dutch.  The Stadthuys is the pinkish red building built by the Dutch and is now part of a museum.  Other attractions are the Ethnographic Museum, St Paul's Church and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. 7
Georgetown - Penang Island Y It is a nice small town. The main attractions are Fort Cornwallis, Khoo Kongsi, Kuan Yin Teng Temple and Penang Hill 7
Tioman Island N
Peninsular Malaysia N
Sarawak N
Sabah N
Cameron Highlands N    

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites x
Sightseeing tours x


Bungy Jumping


Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding
River Rafting x
Sky Diving  
Surfing x
Windsurfing x
Kayaking x
Sailing x
Mountain biking x
Motorbike x
Sand boarding
Snorkeling x
Water Skiing

Bicycling x

Feeling and Opinions on Malaysia

Malaysia was nice to visit but did not leave us with an impression that we need to come back.  We also felt safe and did not have any worries.  We found that the Indian population there were really nice and helpful.


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