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Important Travel Tips for Malaysia – For a Safe and Sublime Holiday!

From shopping and sightseeing to beachside relaxation, Malaysia offers unforgettable holiday experiences for young and old alike. However, before planning for a trip to this enchanting destination, do remember to keep certain things in mind that will help make for a more memorable getaway.


Be Respectful of Local Culture

Do keep in mind that Malaysia is a Muslim nation with Islam being the official religion; much of the cultural practices and laws are linked to this. Remember to avoid overt public displays of affections such as kissing and to dress conservatively not showing bare shoulders or legs when visiting mosques; at such sacred sites, women will have to wear a headdress and long cloak which many mosques will provide.


Know the Location of Your Embassy

Despite the best of planning, sometimes due to unavoidable circumstances, you may need to contact your local embassy. This can be due to everything from losing your passport to having to deal with a legal issue or local authorities. In such instances, it always helps to contact or head to your country's embassy. With this in mind, make sure you know where it is located and keep the contact information on hand with you.


Choose a Safe Place to Stay

When in search of the best hotels in Malaysia, be it in areas like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru or Langkawi, make sure to keep in mind factors such as safety as well. That is why reputed hospitality chains such as Berjaya Hotels & Resorts are worth considering since they not only offer convenient locations and facilities, but a safe and secure environment too; this can include features like 24-hour security and CCTV surveillance.


Get to Know the Road Rules

This applies to those planning to hire or rent cars in Malaysia and drive themselves. Do keep in mind that people drive on the left side here, which could take some time getting used to if you normally drive on the right side. Remember that like most major cities, rush hour traffic can be quite heavy, while accessing remote areas may not always be practical or easy by car. The good news is that the country has plenty of inter-city and long-distance travel options to choose from!


Keep Your Passport With You

While this may sound like a hassle, it is always a good idea to have your passport with you when travelling around. This is because, in Malaysia, you are in fact, required to carry your passport / travel document with you at all times. Having a money belt or a travel pouch may help to carry the passport / travel documents, though always be mindful of it as well.


Don't Exceed Your Visa Stay Period

Make sure to keep in mind the duration granted on your visa to Malaysia and do not overstay pass that date; those doing so will face the prospect of heavy fines and in the worst-case scenario, jail time. Depending on your country, you may be eligible for visa-free entry (validity period can differ), though do make sure to see what the expiry date is when your passport is stamped.

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