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Malaysia Culture

  • Malacca Straits Mosque
  • Harvest Festival Celebration
  • Kek Lok Si Templein Penang
  • Cannon on top of St John's Hill
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • The symbol of Langkawi

Social Conventions

The people of Malaysia are usually quite laid back. Handshaking is generally an accepted way of greeting each other, however, the traditional greeting is when a person offers both hands, lightly touches the other person’s hands, then brings their own hands to their chest which symbolizes “greeting from the heart”.

Shoes must be removed before entering a house or religious site and the right hand should always be used when eating or giving or receiving something. One should not point with the right forefinger, instead, the thumb of the right hand should be used. When taking pictures, it is usually permitted, however it is always best to ask for permission first.



The dominant religion in Malaysia is Islam with approximately 60% of the population following it. The large Chinese population follows a mix of religions from traditional Chinese religions like Buddhism and Daoism. Hinduism is practiced by Malaysian Indians while some of the population in East Malaysia follow Christianity. Other minority religions include the Bahá’i Faith and Sikhism.



Bahasa Melayu is the national and official language. English is widely spoken in the service and tourism industries and is now a compulsory subject in schools.



Malaysia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Malaysia.

Learn about the history and culture of Malaysia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Malaysia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Malaysia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Malaysia tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Malaysia tour, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



Book your Malaysia tour with Goway! 

ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Malaysia tours, vacations and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, a romantic island stay,  a stay of distinction, an independent travel module, and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Malaysia.

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