Most visitors from European countries, the US or Australia get a visa on arrival.
In Malaysia they use the currency Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
1 MYR = $0,246
1 MYR = £0,171
1 MYR = €0,219
Malaysia is actually a quit cheap country to travel. It was cheaper than Cambodia or Laos. The highest spends was probably on accommodation:
Around 30 MYR for a dorm
Around 60-80 MYR for a double room
Food and even transportation is comparatively favourable.
Traveling Malaysia is really easy! There is no need to take a train or a plane as the bus system is really good! If you have travelled around Southeast Asia already, you will realize that transportation in Malaysia is totally relaxed! The busses are alright, the streets are ok (a little bit curvy at some spots – like between Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur – but at least they have proper streets!) and the prices for bus tickets are fixed. So no reason for bargaining and no rip-off!
Penang and especially Georgetown (named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a place where we could have stayed for weeks. It is hip, relaxed, rich in culture and natural beauties and the food is amazing! The guesthouse Dreamcatcher Travelers Refuge was the best place we stayed in during our whole trip. What you definitely need to do is to search for all the hidden street art all around Georgetown. You can get a free map which helps you to find all the secret street art spots. And there is much more to discover: the street of harmony (temples, a church and a mosque located in one street), the floating market at the jetty or Little India.
And the food on Penang is delicious! There are so many restaurants and so much street food you need to try. The best Indian food we ever had was at Sri Ananda Bahwan! Another place to go we can recommend is the The Mugshot Cafe. The coffee is nice and you can play table soccer with locals! If you are really into food and drinks try the fresh fruit juices they sell in plastic bags – just choose the fruits you like and they blend them for you.
There two places which a great for a day trip:
The Perhentian islands consist of two islands. We stayed on Perhentian Kecil (small) for a couple of days! The island has two main beaches Long Beach and Coral Bay. We stayed on the Long Beach side (Long beach is bigger)!
What you need to do is the snorkel tour to Rawa beach, serengeh island and tokong burung! This was just amazing! The reef seems still untouched at some points! So please take care and don’t touch or destroy any corals.
Perhentian Kecial is also the place to learn diving! You can do the PADI Open Water Diver course for only 900 MYR (€200, £158 and $223).
What’s so great about Cameron Highlands?
People will tell you that this is one of the greatest places in Malaysia! For us it was ok… There are advertising posters everywhere, the town itself is not that nice and it is cold! Yeah, really cold as you are very high up in the mountains. It is worth it to visit this place for a short time, have a nice hike and that’s it.
The tea plantations look nice of course and it is great take some pictures over here. Just to let you know, if you plan walking the whole trek, it is quite impossible. We heard this is the one and only place to do hitchhiking – so we did!
Taman Negara: we skipped the jungle in Malaysia as we made some great experiences in Indonesia and preferred to have some clean clothes for a while. People told us that hiking in Taman Negare is great! Take care of leeches and keep in mind, the train going into the National Park was broken for a while. So better ask if there is any train going.
Pulau Tioman: relaxed island, only one road and blue water! What else do you want? This island is in the south on the east coast.
Melaka/Malakka): is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! This port city is quite close to Singapur.
Indian Dosa & Naan
Peranakan or Nonya cuisine
Cendol (ice cream and jelly)