Kuala Lumpur, the federal capital city in Malaysia, enjoys a tropical rainforest climate. Weather in Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid. There are essentially two seasons. There is a dry season (May to September) and a wet season (mid-November to March). However, rain can fall at almost any time of the year. Kuala Lumpur receives rain on about 200 days of the year. Temperatures in Kuala Lumpur are fairly steady throughout the year, averaging between 22°C and 32°C.
Temperature in Kuala Lumpur varies a little from season to season since it is close to the equator. All through the year the city remains hot enough with the average high of 28°C -32°C while the low hardly falls below mid twenties. It gets a great level of precipitation all year round. After periods of heavy precipitation Kuala Lumpur may get somewhat colder.
Two monsoons are there in Malaysia, March-April and October-November. The last one gets around 700 mm of rainfall. November the wettest month of the year receives more than 400 mm of precipitation. On the other hand, Marc-April gets around 700 mm of rainfall. Occasional thunderstorms may be seen during the evenings. The city has a great level of sunshine all through the year which attracts people from all over the world.
Although the rainfall is common in Kuala Lumpur, the period between May and July can be considered as the driest one. June gets less than 140mm of rainfall. Since temperature does not vary in great extent you may visit Kuala Lumpur whenever you like. However, most of the tourists prefer the drier months to monsoons.
There are three major ethnicities in Malaysia; Chinese, Malay, and Indian. Greetings tend to differ between the three.
Man greeting Man – The Chinese are comfortable with a light handshake, sometimes accompanied with a touch on the arm. Malay men will use the handshake and also the salaam accompanied with a slight bow. Indian men will use the handshake and also the namaste. Handshakes are the most common form of greeting. They are usually gentle and not to prolonged. Many people use a two handed handshake when greeting and departing.
Woman greeting Woman- Chinese women are comfortable with a light handshake or just a slight nod of acknowledgment. Malay women will use the handshake and also the salaam accompanied with a slight bow. Indian women will use the handshake and also the namaste.
Man greeting Woman – While handshakes are a common form of greeting, many times a simple nod or slight bow will do. Wait for the women to initiate with all three ethnicities.
Personal Space & Touching
Malaysians prefer standing at least arms lengths from one another. Two to three feet is normal. When conversing with friends and close acquaintances this distance is a bit shorter.
Amongst friends and close acquaintances of the same sex, there is some touching during conversation. Avoid touching between men and women while conversing.
Malaysia tends to be a patriarchal society and although women make up a decent part of the workforce, they are still second to their male counterparts in responsibilities, salaries, and status.
Given that a large part of is Muslim, it is best for women to avoid revealing clothing and heavy make-up. It is okay for women to dine alone in restaurants but avoid going to bars and clubs alone if possible.
Laws & Orders
The legal drinking age is 18 and enforced. Sales to Muslims is highly illegal. The legal smoking age is 18 and is becoming increasingly enforced as well. Penalties for possession, acquisition, and trafficking of drugs are severe and include heavy fine, lengthy imprisonment and the death penalty for trafficking.
For men: conservative colored suits with white shirts and ties. Jackets are not a must but good to have just in case. Being well groomed is appreciated.
For women: Conservative skirts (below the knee), pants, suits, and blouses are appropriate. Avoid short, tight fitting, and sleeveless attire. Being well groomed is appreciated. Jeans, shorts, and business casual attire are not recommended. Avoid wearing anything yellow if possible as it is designated for the Malaysian royalty.
Very simple gifts are sometimes exchanged after a first meeting. Always use two hands when giving and receiving gifts and they are not to be opened when they are received. If given a gift it is customary to reciprocate the gesture with a gift of the same monetary value. Appropriate gifts when visiting an ethnic Malaysian home include, sweets, fruits, and perfumes that are not alcohol based. For Malaysians from Chinese and Indian backgrounds see the China and India pages on this website.
|FAMOUS FOOD OF MALAYSIA||FAMOUS INDIAN CUISINE|
|Banana Leaf||The Lotus Family Restaurant|
|No. 13 & 15 Jalan Gasing 46000 Petaling Jaya v|
|Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant|
|Bakuteh (BKT)||65, Lebuh Ampang, 40-46, Palace Hotel Plaza, KL|
|Hokkien Mee||Taj Garden Restaurant Brickfields|
|No5 Anexxe Leopad,Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 50470 Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur|
|Sang Har noodles|
|Fierce Curry House|
|Satay||16 Jalan Kemuja Bangsar Utama 59000 Kuala Lumpur|
|3-Jan||Saturday||Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday|
|14-Jan||Wednesday||Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan’s Birthday|
|18-Jan||Sunday||Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday|
|1-Feb||Sunday||Federal Territory Day|
|19-Feb||Thursday||Chinese New Year|
|6-Jun||Saturday||Malaysian King’s Birthday|
|18 & 19 -Jul||Saturday & Sunday||Hari Raya Puasa|
|31-Aug||Monday||National Independence Day|
|16-Sep||Wednesday||Malaysia Day & Sabah Governor’s Birthday|
|24-Sep||Thursday||Hari Raya Haji Hari Raya Qurban|
|14-Oct||Wednesday||Awal Muharram (Maal Hijrah)|
|Perak Community Specialist Hospital Tel: 05-2548918|
|Ipoh Specialist Hospital Tel : 05-2408777|
|Kinta Medical Centre Tel: 05-2425333|
|3 STAR||4 STAR|
|First World Hotel||Corus Hotel|
|Resort World Genting, Genting Highland Resort, 69000 Genting Highlands, Malaysia||Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Hotel Seri Malaysia Kuantan||Bayou Lagoon Park Resort|
|Jalan Teluk Sisek, , 25000 Kuantan, Malaysia||Amari Villa, Jalan Wakaf Utama, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia|
|Hotel Seri Malaysia Sungai Petani||Lotus Desaru Beach Resort|
|Seksyen 21, Jalan Pasar, 08000 Sungai Petani, Malaysia||Lot 1854, Jalan Desaru Bandar Panawar,, 81930 Desaru, Malaysia|
As you step into its entrance, you will be transported to a different world. The Aquaria’s layout is intelligently structured and planned to allow visitors to have an unforgettable experience. Each and every display cubicle in the Aquaria is beautifully made to mimic the natural habitat of the animals which are exhibited. There are also stations around the Aquaria where visitors can touch some of the aquatic animals there such as the tiger sharks and the starfishes.The Aquaria is also complete with a 90-meter long underwater tunnel. The tunnel has some very special occupants-killer sharks. If you have never seen a real one, you can see them here up close.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
The theme of the market is based solely on the various cultures in Malaysia. The shops here are divided based on the groups of races. Representing each of the races in Malaysia are the Straits Chinese, the Lorong Melayu and Lorong India.The Central Market is full of stalls which sell handicrafts which are all locally made. You can purchase batik, songket, wood carvings, souvenirs, accessories and much more here. If you get tired or hungry in the midst of all the shopping, do not fret. There are myriads of eating places where you can dine at and take a rest.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The limestone which forms the Batu Caves are as old as 400 million years old. It was also said that some of the entrances of the caves used to be shelters for the indigenous Temuan people. Before this, the steps up to Batu Caves were made of wood.The statue of Lord Murugan stands proud at 42.7 meters right outside of Batu Caves. The statue costs about 24 million rupees and is made of 250 tonnes of steel bar, 300 liters of gold paint and 1550 cubic meters of concrete. At the base of the hill are two other cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Temple Cave which are both full of Hindu paintings and statues
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The building has a shiny copper dome and a clock tower which is 40 meters high. The building serves as a backdrop for many essential events for the country. Among the important events celebrated at the Sultan Abdul Samad building are the National Day Parade on August 31 and the welcoming of the New Year. Other historical event which took place at this building was the declaration of independence of Malaysia back in 31 August 1957. Another important event happened on 1st January 1982 when the time between Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak were standardized.
Malaysia is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India
Official Currency “Malaysian Ringgit “
Benefiting from its location just north of the Equator, Malaysia is a good summer destination. The country’s capital and west coast are hot all year round, making it an ideal place to visit for a city and/or beach break. Rain should be expected throughout the year, but these intermittent downpours shouldn’t impact on your enjoyment. During September and October, the west coast destinations such as Penang and Langkawi see more rain than usual. At this time of year, a visit to historic Georgetown and island hopping off Langkawi are best substituted by an east coast destination. Between March and October, the diving hotspot of Tioman, the white sand beaches of the Perhantians and the stunning mosques of Kuala Terengganu come to the fore.
Taxis – Taxis aren’t usually metered in Malaysia, so make sure to agree on the fare before you set off.
Camp – It’s possible to camp in Taman Negara to save on accommodation costs – expect to pay around $1.50 USD.
Local street food – Street stalls are the place to go for hawker food which is delicious and costs just a few bucks.
Don’t drink – As Malaysia is a Muslim country, drinking is frowned upon, but it does happen. However to restrict it, the authorities have made drinking very, very expensive. Save your drinking for countries like Thailand, where the alcohol flows more freely and is better on the budget.
Malaysia Travel Dont’s
Do not touch the head of an adult. Touching people on the head is considered rude.
Do not point forefinger at things. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred way.
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 kiss in public. Public behaviour is important in Malaysian culture. Most Malaysians refrain from displaying affection such as embracing or kissing in public.
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.
Malaysia Travel Do’s
Do shake hand with men for greeting, but not women unless they offer to do so first. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hands but without the grasp. People greet visitors by placing their right hand over the left chest to mean I greet you from my heart.
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 carry essential travel documents and have your health insurance and health certificates ready before your travel.
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 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 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.