Malaysia

Capital Kuala Lumpur

Population 31,405,416

Area 330,803 km2

Key facts

Malaysia is a country located in South-Eastern Asia. There are 3 countries (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Thailand) that Malaysia shares its borders with. The official language of Malaysia is Malaysian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Malaysia are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Malaysia was ranked 28th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Malaysia is Malaysian ringgit (MYR). The ringgit (RM) is subdivided into 100 sen (Sen).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 4.63 MYR and 1 USD is worth 4.31 MYR.

Malaysian
Banknotes

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Malaysian
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Malaysia is 135.4 Mbps and mobile is 116.03 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Malaysia has more ATMs.55.56 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Malaysia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 4 socket types used in Malaysia. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type A 240 V, 50 Hz  Type C 240 V, 50 Hz  Type G 240 V, 50 Hz  Type M 240 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Malaysia?

There are Mariott hotels in 4 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Malaysia.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Malaysia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Malaysia.

There are Radisson hotels in Kajang.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Malaysia.

What fast food chains are present in Malaysia?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Malaysia.

The KFC chain operates in Malaysia.

The Burger King chain operates in Malaysia.

The Subway chain operates in Malaysia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Malaysia.

The Starbucks chain operates in Malaysia.

Weather

What is the weather like in Kuala Lumpur?

Today the sun in Kuala Lumpur, rises at 7:26 AM and sets at 7:28 PM. The climate of Kuala Lumpur may be categorized as a equatorial rainforest (Af), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9Rain showersLow: 23.9°C (75.02°F)High: 32.6°C (90.68°F)
FridayFeb 10ThunderstormLow: 23.9°C (75.02°F)High: 32.3°C (90.14°F)
SaturdayFeb 11ThunderstormLow: 23.5°C (74.3°F)High: 31.8°C (89.24°F)
SundayFeb 12ThunderstormLow: 23.9°C (75.02°F)High: 33.6°C (92.48°F)
MondayFeb 13ThunderstormLow: 23.9°C (75.02°F)High: 32.4°C (90.32°F)
TuesdayFeb 14ThunderstormLow: 23.3°C (73.94°F)High: 33.2°C (91.76°F)

Weather data for Kuala Lumpur (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Kuala Lumpur.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Malaysia.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Malaysia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 2.6, Malaysia is placed 123rd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Malaysia traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  141.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2006.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 22.50 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Malaysia

999 Police
999 Ambulance
999 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban There is no national smoke-free law, but some areas may have their own rules.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1L of alcoholic beverages

Tobacco allowance

n/a

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