Malaysia

Malaysia is a combination of cultures and styles, with incredible architecture from several cultures, vast cities and quaint villages, sun kissed beaches, busy ports and picturesque highlands. An incredible diversity and collection of culture, Malaysia offers a unique experience to even the most seasoned of travellers.

Malaysia has a variety of festivals and holidays throughout the year, with a wide range of ethnic groups celebrating their own individual holidays, such as Christmas and Easter for Christians, Deepavali for the Hindu population, Chinese New Year is celebrated by the Malaysian Chinese, and, more commonly, Islamic holidays are prominent, as Islam is the state religion.

The cuisine of Malaysia actively reflects the diversity of cultures found in its borders, with influences from China, India, Thailand and even Singapore and the Philippines.

With a rich collection of cultures, incredible visual highlights and beautiful beaches, Malaysia is a delight to visit for all tourists.

Overall information:

  • Country full name: Malaysia
  • Area: 329,847 km²
  • Population: over 30 million, majority is Malaysia people and other ethnic minorities
  • Capital City: Kuala Lumpur, 1,6 million people
  • Commercial City: Kuala Lumpur
  • National Language: Bahasa Malaysia
  • Religion: Multi religion, Islam (61%) is national religion, the rest are Buddhism, Catholic and Hindu
  • National flower: Bunga Raya (Hibiscus)
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
  • International Dialing Code: +60

Climate:

Malaysia located in the central of Southeast Asia, making its climate exactly humid tropical like some countries in the region. With temperature ranging from 21-32oC all year round, travellers can book tours to Malaysia all year round depend on sites and your purposes, for example: Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Langkawi, Sabah, Borneo… and other places. Let contact us to have your productive tours to explore Malaysia.

Life style and cultural differences:

Greetings: Handshake is the popular greeting manner of many countries in the world, when you meet a Malaysian man, you should take proactively to shake his hand with your right hand BUT a woman. If she does not give her hand to you first, it’s just fine to bow your head a bit and smile.

Communication: Attitude is very important when communicating, Malaysians highly appreciated “mood control”, become angry and lose your temper will cause to bad relationship. Malaysians do not frankly say “NO” when feel unpleased and they will keep silence instead.

The taboos: Some tips travellers should remember to travel to Malaysia to enjoy comprehensive pleasures of the trip:

  • Do not wear short clothes when visiting the belief establishments especially Islamic shrines, also do not wear hat or shoes entering sacred places.
  • Do not bring alcohol drinks or any products made from pig (pork, pig leather…) as these are strictly prohibited in this Islamic country.
  • Do not use your left hand to do anything (eat, drink, give/receive things…) even if you are left hander, otherwise you are thought to be impolite
  • Do not touch Malaysian’s head or give anything over their head that will be disrespectfully to them.
  • Do not use index finger to point at things, places or person, travellers should use their arm instead.

Foods and Islamic principles: Over 60% of Malaysia’s populations are Islamic followers, they do not drink wine, eat pork and just eat Halah foods which are strictly processed under the Islamic ceremony. If travellers come here during Ramadan month (30 days start from Jun to Jul) you must not eat and drink from sunrise to sunset. Failure to do so, you may be fined or sent to jail.

Funnies: How to say some simple Malaysian words / sentences or learn more at https://wikitravel.org/en/Malay_phrasebook 

English

Malaysian

  1. Good morning
  2. Good afternoon
  3. Good night
  4. How are you?
  5. I am fine
  6. Thank you
  7. What is your name?
  8. My name is…
  9. Where are you from?
  10. I am from…
  11. How much?
  12. I am sorry
  13. Yes / No
  14. Good bye
  1. Selamat pagi
  2. Selamat tengah hari
  3. Selamat petang
  4. Apa khabar?
  5. Khabar baik
  6. Terima kasih
  7. Siapa nama anda?
  8. Nama saya…
  9. Dari mana asal saudara?
  10. Saya dari…
  11. Berapa harganya ini?
  12. Maafkan saya
  13. Yah / Tidak
  14. Sampai jumpa lagi

Public holidays:

  • 01-02 Jan, Chinese New Year
  • 01 May, May day, International Labor day
  • 21 May, Vesak day, Celebrate Buddha’s date of birth
  • 04 Jun, King birthday, Birthday of King Agong
  • 6-7 Jul, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Puasa is the celebration at the end of the Ramadan month of fasting
  • 31 Aug, National day, Celebration of the Independence day in 1957
  • 12 Sep, Hari Raya Haji,Hari Raya Haji (hajj celebration day) is an event observed by Muslims all over the world to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son shmael.
  • 16 Sep, Malaysia Day, Commemoration, the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963,
  • 02 Oct, Awal Muharram (Maal Hijrah), Islamic New Year,
  • 29 Oct, Deepavali, Hindu festival
  • 12 Dec, Prophet Muhammad's Birthday, Founder of Islam
  • 25 Dec, Christmas, International Christmas

Sample itineraries:

 

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