Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM, which is equivalent to 100 cents. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 sen and RM1. Currency notes are in RM1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be converted to Malaysian Ringgit at banks or authorized money changers throughout the country.
An airport tax of RM5 and RM40 is charged upon departure for all domestic and international flight passengers respectively.
Local calls can be made from public phones, whether coin or card operated. International calls can be made from phone booths with card phone facilities or at any Telecom offices. Most hotels are equipped with IDD services with a minimal service charge. - Useful Phone Directory.You can get prepaid cards with cheapest rate from rm2-10 provided by local mobile phone services. Maxis, Digi or Celcom.
Visitors who encounter unforeseen problems and difficulties can seek the Malaysian Tourist Police Unit with blue uniforms(Police Diraja Malaysia) for help.There are many booths for help.They often patrol tourist spots and will render assistance too, as well as safeguard tourists' security.
The country runs on a normal 8 hours a day system.Saturday is half day and Sunday is a rest day.In Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah states, Friday is a day of rest with Thursday as half days. Department Stores and supermarkets are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Night life areas such as pubs,bistros,discos and clubs opened until 2 am in the morning.
Tipping is not a way of life in Malaysia, but is fast becoming one.
What to Wear
Malaysia has warm climate.Light, cool, and casual clothing like tshirt is recommended all year round. For more formal occasions, men should wear jackets, shirts slacks matching with ties or long-sleeved batik shirts whereas women should wear dresses.
It is generally safe to drink water straight from the tap, but it is safer to drink boiled filtered water,drinking bottles,mineral water or any bottled beverages sold in shops like 7-11.
Medical services are available in most towns at government hospitals and private clinics.Private clinics close at nine oclock.Different from some foreign countries,non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies, supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centers.
Food hawkers selling traditional and local delicacies make up the everyday scenes in big or small towns throughout the country. One can try "teh tarik", a smoothened, creamed tea, and all kinds of roti such "roti canai","roti bomb","roti pisang" etc.The roti is a fluffy pancake prepared by a local person of Indian Muslim ancestry. Spicy Malay food, such as "nasi lemak" and various kinds of Chinese noodles and food are also popular.Such as the hokkien fried mee "char kuey teow" , "hokkien mee" , Penang "prawn mee", Ipoh "gei si hor fun" ,curry me and more
As Malaysia is a multi-religious country,As Malay as majority,chinese,indians and other races as minorities.Various Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and Christian churches can be found almost anywhere. Despite the many changes and developments in the cities and big towns, Malaysia has many "kampung" (villages), jungles(Taman Negara), beaches(Pulau Redang,Perhentian,Tioman,Pangkor,Langkawi etc), and rice fields. Many houses in the "kampung" are built on stilts. Batik cotton fashion is popular in Malaysia . It can be used for casual wear, as well as formal functions.
Drug traffickers are sentenced to death by Malaysian Law.No weapons such as gun is allowed too.