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With rich culture, remarkable cities, and ancient forests, Malaysia has to be on your bucket list of places to visit. The uniqueness and beauty of this Southeast Asian country are sure to leave you breathless.
Malaysia is a host to a diverse culture that incorporates incredible cuisines, festivals, architecture, and more. Find out everything you need to know in this Malaysia travel guide.
In our experience, the transportation systems in Malaysia are very easy to navigate. You can easily get around without needing to rent a car as public transport is quite accessible.
If you are looking to move across large landscapes or even within the city, you can make use of the bus and train networks. Both are fairly simple to navigate and are accessible just about anywhere. You can also use Uber for quick rides from one point to the next.
If you want to include some island hopping into your itinerary, boats are the best, most fun, and cheapest way to get around.
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Malaysia makes use of the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).
The recognized national language of Malaysia is Malay, which within itself has 10 dialects. Many of these dialects are the indigenous languages of some of the tribes that are traditionally from Malaysia.
Malaysia also recognizes Mandarin and Tami as popular languages amongst its residents.
View of Kinabalu National Park, with Mount Kinabalu soaring overhead in Malaysia. (photo via yusnizam / iStock / Getty Images Plus) (Photo Credit: (photo via yusnizam / iStock / Getty Images Plus))
Malaysia observes two monsoon seasons (Southwest Monsoon and Northeast Monsoon). However, there’s only a degree of difference between these seasons. All in all, Malaysian weather and climate stay quite standard all year round, reaching an average temperature of 77.7 °F (25.4°C).
Unlike most tropical destinations, Malaysia experiences constant rainfall. In the low season, you can expect 250 mm of rainfall, and 300mm in the high season.
Due to its relatively stable temperatures and humid weather, Malaysia is lovely to visit all year round. However, the best time to visit depends entirely on which side you are planning to visit.
For the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, we recommend December to February to avoid the monsoon season on the east coast. However, this is peak tourist season so you can expect some crowds.
If you are planning a trip to the east coast, make sure to book your trip between June and September as these are the driest months for this region. This is also the best time for diving as the waters are clearest this time of year.
March to May is the shoulder season with similar weather conditions across the country.
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