- Malaysia for discovering Southeast Asia -
Dynamic cities, fabulous food, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and national parks with wildlife-packed rainforests – expect these from Malaysia. You may also expect attaining global hospitality experience while immersing yourself in its distinctive culture.
Malaysia Tourism Industry
Receiving more than 20 million foreign visitors annually, Malaysia’s tourism sector remain the second strongest in Southeast Asia. Thanks to the government’s push, tourism is Malaysia’s third largest source of foreign exchange income. Although most of the visitors come from Southeast Asia, China, India, Japan and Australia, there were significant arrival growths from Spain, Belgium and Russia in recent years.
Multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colorful festivals. The strong, spicy yet aromatic Malay cuisine combines rich flavors of herbs and spices that are commonly found in Southeast Asia.
The relaxed, warm and friendly Malaysians love to celebrate and socialize. Muslim Malays and Indians, religiously diverse Chinese, Hindu and other ethnic groups, all muddle along with Orang Asli, aboriginal groups on the Peninsular Malaysia and Dayak in Borneo.
Fact About Malaysia
While more affordable than European and North American countries, Malaysia is generally more expensive than the other countries in the region due to its strong economy. When it comes to local, intercity and regional travel, Malaysia is reasonable owing to its advanced land and aerial public transport infrastructure.
Its official currency is Ringgit, which values approximately 4.2 for every US Dollar. You may get inexpensive restaurant meal for around USD 2.5, or USD 7 for meal at mid-range restaurant. Single ticket for local transport costs around USD 0.7, while monthly pass USD 24. As a Muslim country, alcoholic drinks are highly taxed.
Entering Malaysia by air is relatively simple and straight forward. The main gateway is through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, approximately 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur. Aside from there, it is advisable to arrive at Penang International Airport that has convenient connectivity to Georgetown.
Malaysia is also accessible by rail and road from Singapore and Thailand.
The usual vaccines like Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are suggested. Furthermore, participants may want to consider cover against a number of other diseases such as Rabies, Dengue and Hepatitis B.