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Malaysia, Asia: All you need to know about travelling to Singapore’s neighbouring country

 VISA REQUIREMENTS
Most visitors do not require a visa for visits of less than three months.

CURRENCY

1 Singapore dollar = about 2.4 Malaysian ringgit.

WEATHER

Peninsular east coast
Peninsular west coast

 

Mount Kinabalu

– Monsoon season is October to February, wet with high seas.

– Monsoon season is July to mid-September, affecting mainly islands such as

  Langkawi and Penang.

– Peak season is mid-year, with a great likelihood of clear skies at the summit.
Other regions are less seasonal.

Family getaway to Penang

MAIN LANGUAGES SPOKEN
Bahasa Melayu (or Malay), English, Cantonese and Tamil.

RELIGION

58% Muslim, 23% Buddhist, 11% Christian and 6% Hindu.
All Malays are required by the Constitution of Malaysia to be Muslim.


ELECTRICITY

230V/50Hz (British plug)

 

POPULAR DESTINATIONS
Johor State – Across the causeway from Singapore, this is a popular shopping destination with Singaporeans and visitors alike. Some beautiful islands await you along the east coast, including Tioman, Rawa and Sibu.

Kuala Lumpur (capital) – A fascinating cultural melting pot boasting great shopping, the Batu Caves, temples, fabulous views from the Petronas Towers, plus a buzzing nightlife in Bangsar.

Beaches – Langkawi, Penang, and islands off the peninsular east coast. Tioman, Sibu and Rawa are close to Singapore; Perhentian and Redang are further north. East Malaysia has Kota Kinabalu, and off Sabah are Mabul and Sipadan.

 

Historical Interest – Penang and Malacca.

Inland – Taman Negara, the world’s oldest rainforest; Cameron Highlands and tea plantations on the spine of the peninsula; Genting Highlands, theme park and casino; visit the orang utans in Sabah; climb Mount Kinabalu (4,095m).

TIME DIFFERENCE
Nil – don’t touch that watch!

FLIGHT TIME
Kuala Lumpur – 1 hour
Langkawi – 1.5 hours
Kota Kinabalu – 2 hours, 20 minutes
Kuching – 1.5 hours
Penang – 1 hour, 25 mintues

The peninsula is the only place in Malaysia accessible by road for a quick getaway, and it is home to 70 percent of the 26 million population. Be wary if you decide to hop in the car for a weekend break; the Malaysian police love to stop cars with Singaporean number plates.

Malaysia is still a relatively safe place to visit, though many Western governments warn tourists of the real
risk of terrorist attacks and kidnapping in the diving havens off the coast of Sabah, or even on the mainland.

Singapore’s neighbour is often overlooked as a holiday destination, but being on our doorstep, it is a wonderful location for a range of reasons. Its bustling cities, beautiful beaches, historical towns and array of cuisines are temptations for every type of tourist. Street food is a must-try if you want to chow down on some magnificent local fare, but beware the Malaysian buffet with the under-tray burners switched off!

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