A vibrant city with old and new landscapes, high-rise buildings, historical spots, latest technologies and a good mix of business, history, culture, fun and entertainment with abundant of opportunities, Malaysia is truly Asian and also “Global”. Also with land of beaches, good food, and rainforests; Malaysia has much to offer to visitors whether they’re traveling for work or for leisure. During your visit to the country for the APHM Conference & Exhibition, you could grab the opportunity to experience the rich culture of Malaysia. There are countless popular tourist spots and hundreds of lesser-known attractions that are worth an exploration.
Exploring Malaysia’s Landscapes
What’s unique about the country is the variety of contrasting landscapes. On one hand, you have rugged mountains enveloped in thick flora of the prehistoric Taman Negara rainforest, which you can explore as you go on a refreshing nature walk. On the other you have warm, sandy beaches in the islands of Pahang or Redang, where you can spend a relaxing afternoon lazing about with a drink in hand. And you can even drive around town enjoying the view of the lights from skyscrapers like the Petronas Twin Towers.
In Malaysia, you can spend peaceful evenings in wooden cottages on stilts as you become more in tune with nature, falling asleep to the sound of crickets chirping. Or you can wake up to delectable breakfast spreads in 5-star hotel rooms with a beach view and then spend the rest of your day visiting malls in the Malaysian shopping trail. The contrast is that striking and that intriguing, making it all the more exciting to visit the country.
Exploring Malaysia’s Food and Culture
Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, races, and religions. Not only is the country home to native Malays, but also to Indians, Chinese, and many other ethnic groups. This is perhaps why Malaysia is often called a “gastronomical paradise” and has a reputation for colorful and lively festivals. With so many different cultures living in peace and mixing together, you can:
- Enjoy a hearty South Indian meal of rice, papadum, and an assortment of vegetables and sides on banana leaves
- Savor a Nasi Dagang lunch spread with coconut steamed rice, fish curry, vegetable pickles, and fried shaved coconut
- Sip on some savory Bakuteh, which literally means “meat bone tea” and is made up of meat ribs in a broth of mixed herbs and spices and lots more
And these are just a few of the more notable gastronomical treats waiting for you in Malaysia. You can enjoy a foodie adventure at the finest restaurants in Malaysia or enjoy an authentic street food experience at Jalan Alor. And afterwards, you can witness an explosion of cultures in the Central Market of Chinatown and the Little India of Kuala Lumpur.
Basic Travel Info for Malaysia
To make sure you’re well-prepared for your trip to Malaysia, you can refer to the following basic travel info:
- Average Temperature – Temperatures in Malaysia are often towards the pleasant side. In Kuala Lumpur, the hottest month is March, during which you’ll experience an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius or 82 degrees Fahrenheit. As for the cooler months, January is the coldest month, during which the average temperature is at 27 degrees Celsius or 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
Malaysia also experiences rainfall the most during the month of November. During this season, the average rainfall is at about 290mm.
- Currency – Malaysia uses the Ringgit in terms of currency. One American dollar (USD) is equal to approximately 4.1 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). And one British pound (GBP) is equal to approximately 5.3 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). On the other hand, you can exchange 1 Euro for around 4.7 MYR.
- Visa Requirements – In order to enter Malaysia, you need to have a valid passport or valid travel documents that are internationally recognized. Please get updated information from https://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa/visa-requirement-by-country
- Getting Around – Malaysian cities have excellent transportation facilities, making it easier for tourists to get around. Public transportation can get you from Kuala Lumpur to other Malaysian cities. If you’re staying close to the city center, you can easily reach various attractions on foot.
You can travel by the Kuala Lumpur train ( to travel between north and south or east and west. This mode of transportation offers you the most mobility and is quite inexpensive.
For more updates- http://klcityguide.my/kuala-lumpur-train-map/
http://www.klsentral.com.my/conn_main.aspx and many more..
As for the locations you can’t reach by train, you can also opt to travel by buses or taxis. Buses can get you to where you need to go with minimal cost. Taxis are a bit more expensive than other modes of transportation but they offer the most flexibility. You can easily find a taxi for hire at every corner. Or “GRAB” services.
However, if you need even more flexibility than taxis you can always hire a car. There are several car rental companies around the city. And you can even choose this option if you wish to travel outside of Kuala Lumpur to other cities.
Domestic flights are available in almost every city/state and the country is lined with excellent highways if you choose to self-drive (from North to South and from East to West)
Getting into Malaysia
Malaysia is a major hub for tourism in this region and for flights from other regions .
You can choose to enter via flights, land (drive/train/public buses from Singapore/Thailand) or by sea.
Flights are plenty from low-cost flights (Airasia) or most major Airlines do cover Kuala Lumpur (KLIA International Airport)
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Enjoying Your Malaysian Adventure
Whether you’re dying to enjoy the refreshing nature trails, go shopping till your feet hurt, or experience various gastronomical delights; Malaysia is your answer. So get ready to pack your bags and fit in some of these experiences next to your APHM conference. You deserve to spend some leisure time during with your work-related travels.
And if you need help coming up with a tour plan, APHM’s travel agent, Golden Blossom Tours and Travel has designed some tours for you. Please click here for the tours information. You may also contact Ms Michelle Lau at email: firstname.lastname@example.org to design a custom tour just for you.
Please note: information provided here is correct at time of publishing (Jan2019) and some information may have changed over time. Please check directly relevant sites for more info.