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The currency used in Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Money changing services can be found not only at the Kuala Lumpur Airport but also at hotels around. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) located everywhere, which accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Foreign currencies can be converted at banks and money changers. All travellers, both residents and non-residents, are required to complete the Traveller’s Declaration Form (TDF).
The climate in Malaysia is hot and humid all year round, with some rain in the afternoons. The average temperature ranges from 24 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius in the lowlands. The days are generally sunny and warm and the nights are cool. On the East Coast the rainy season is from early November to the middle of February.
It is recommended to wear loose-fitting “summer” clothing. If travelling to higher altitudes some form of layering is required.
Formal style clothing is not required, but for visits of various sights, especially religious sights, long trousers and long sleeves are needed the dress should be respectful.
Cell Phone Usage
Malaysia’s international dialing code is +(60). While in Malaysia and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don’t have to press +(60) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here. Dialing code for Kuala Lumpur is (3).
Tax Refund Schemes
To enjoy tax-free shopping in Singapore, simply look out for retailers that display the “Tax Refund” logo on their shop front and spend SG100 in a single receipt to qualify.
Loss of Passports
Should you lose your passport while in Malaysia, please make a police report immediately and approach your embassy in Malaysia to apply for a replacement travel document. Connect with below mentioned Malaysian immigration office to apply fresh visa.
Jabatan Imigresen Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN),
No.69,Jalan Sri Hartamas 1,
50480 Jalan Duta,
Most retailers have fair business practices, but there are a small number of shops and restaurants that might make your shopping experience less than ideal. Here are some smart shopping tips to ensure that your retail experience is a pleasant one.
1. Always do price comparisons to get the best deals
Prices can vary widely between shops because distributors are not obliged to abide by each product’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Ask the retailer also if the Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies.
2. Note that purchases made are usually final
Retailers generally enforce strict return, exchange or refund policies the moment payment is
made. Always ask your retailer about their policies before making payment for your purchase.
3. Check receipts or invoices for accuracy
Do remember to ask for a receipt of invoice whenever you make a purchase, and keep it for reference. Also check that prices and item descriptions are correct to ensure that you do not pay more than what is required. Remember to check that gifts, when applicable, should be indicated as such.
4. Verify what your ‘international warranty’ covers
International warranties are not standardized, and you should always ask and verify that your warranty is valid in your home country. Ensure that both your invoice and warranty card bear your retailer’s stamp and signature. In the case of electronic goods, note down the product’s serial number as well.
Also note that there are no international warranties on the purchase of mobile phones.
A “worldwide local warranty” means that the warranty is available only in the country of purchase – “worldwide” here refers to the availability of the product, not the warranty.
Parallel imported items have no warranty, and retailers usually do not entertain returns, refunds or exchanges.
5. Check before leaving the store
Before making payment, make sure that you test the item you wish to purchase, and take time to check that the promised accessories and peripherals are included in the package, and work as they should.
Some Important Numbers at Malaysia
Police – 999 from land line / 112 from mobile
Ambulance – 999 from land line / 112 from mobile
Fire Brigade – 994 from land line / 112 from mobile
Tourist Police – 00 60 3 2149 6590
Flight Information – 1800 542 4422
Raffles Hospital (585 North Bridge Road) – (65) 6311 1111
Singapore General Hospital (Outram Road) – (65) 6222 3322
Gleneagles Hospital (6A Napier Road) – (65) 6473 7222
American Express – 1800 396 6000
JCB – (65) 6734 0096
Diners Card – (65) 6416 0800
Visa – 800 448 1250
MasterCard – 800 110 0113
Indian Consulate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia High Commission of India in Malaysia, Level 28, Menara 1 Mon’t Kiara, 239702
No. 1, Jalan Mon’t Kiara, 50480
City: Kaula Lumpur
Phone: 00-60-3-62052350, 62052351
Working hours: 0900 hours to 1730 hours (Monday to Friday)
Do’s and Don’ts
Malaysia is generally a laid back and relaxed country. However, it has its own customs and visitors should try to observe these practices when they arrive. The following guidelines will help visitors understand the country and its people better, for a smooth and pleasant stay in Malaysia.
- Although handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hands but without the grasp. The man offers both hands, lightly touches his friend’s outstretched hands, and then brings his hands to his chest to mean, “I greet you from my heart”. The visitor should reciprocate the “salam”.
- Do not touch the head of an adult. Touching people on the head is considered rude.
- Do not pound your fist into the palm of the other hand, which is considered an obscene gesture to some people.
- Do not point your feet towards people or sacred images.
- Do not wear hot pants and vests at mainland beaches if you are female. Topless sunbathing is a no-no. Malay women usually go swimming fully dressed and some keep their scarves on.
- Do not ever touch or hand a monk something if you are a woman. Even accidentally brushing against their robes requires that they fast and perform a cleansing ritual.
- Do not be offended if your offer of a handshake is not reciprocated by a Muslim who is of the opposite sex. In Islam, physical contact between the opposite sex is discouraged.
- Do not be embarrassed for burping. In Malay dining etiquette, burping or belching after a meal is acceptable.
- Do not discuss ethnic relations or the political system. They are both sensitive subjects.
- Do not drink alcohol. The country’s large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
- Do not ever involve in illegal drugs. There is a mandatory death penalty for trafficking.
- The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred usage
- Public behaviour is important in Malaysian culture. Most Malaysians refrain from displaying affection (i.e. embracing or kissing) in public. It would be appropriate for visitors to do the same.
- Toasting is not a common practice in Malaysia. The country’s large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
- Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always ask for permission beforehand.
- Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.
- Do remove your shoes before entering a Malaysian home or temples and mosques. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors. It is customary to remove and leave footwear outside the house. This practice is also applicable when visiting religious buildings.
- Do use right hand to receive or give something. The right hand should also be used for eating. It is considered discourteous in Malay custom to use your left hand when you hand over or receive things.
- Do be aware that the cameras, watches, pens, portable radio-cassette players, perfume, cosmetics and lighters are duty-free in Malaysia. If you are bringing in dutiable goods then a deposit is required for temporary importation, which would be refundable on departure.
- Do convert most of your currency in Malaysia. There is restriction of bringing large amounts of ringgit (Malaysia’s currency) into or out of the country.
- Do follow simple rules when visit a Buddha temple. Show respect and remove your hat and shoes,Dress conservatively, no shorts. When sitting, never point your feet at a person or image of Buddha. Stand up to show respect when monks or nuns enter.
- Do enter the shrine with your left foot first, and exit by leading with your right foot. This gesture symbolically represents a whole
- Do keep extra set of recent passport size photos with you
- Do keep your passports along while traveling
- Always hire experts for any adventurous sports
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