Picture a land where people live among temples and high-rise towers, just moments away from tropical beaches and rainforests. That’s Malaysia.

Among it all in the state of Sabah lies the lush isle of Borneo, home to equatorial jungles, beaches, mountains and, perhaps most famously, wild populations of rare orangutans. There are few places like it left on Earth – places where you can explore hidden islands and rivers frequented by Irrawaddy dolphins one day and trek through tangled rainforest in search of hornbills and proboscis monkeys the next. Ready to take a walk on the wild side? Welcome to Malaysia. 

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Malaysia travel FAQs

  • Australia: No - not required
  • Belgium: No - not required
  • Canada: No - not required
  • Germany No - not required
  • Ireland: No - not required
  • Netherlands: No - not required
  • New Zealand: No - not required
  • South Africa: No - not required
  • Switzerland: No - not required
  • United Kingdom: No - not required
  • USA: No - not required

The above nationalities do not need visas to visit Malaysia as a tourist for up to three months. Other nationalities should check with their Malaysian embassy or consulate.

Tipping isn’t common practice in Malaysia. Some restaurants may include a 10% surcharge with the bill. Other than that, there’s no need to tip for services. 

Malaysia has good internet access in the cities, but rural and remote areas will have little to no service.

Mobile coverage is good across Malaysia except in some rural and remote places. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Malaysia has both Western-style toilets and squat toilets, depending on where you go. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Hawker food snack = 3 MYR
  • Cup of teh tarik (tea) = 1-2 MYR
  • Beer in a bar or pub = 8 MYR
  • Souvenir t-shirt = 10-20 MYR

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Malaysia. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card in places like hotels, malls and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, however many local businesses may not accept credit cards.

Malaysia has plenty of ATMs in its rural areas but less of them in rural and remote places.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays in Malaysia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Malaysia/public-holidays