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What language is spoken in Malaysia?

The official language of Malaysia is Malay. 

Is English spoken throughout Malaysia?

English is very commonly spoken in Malaysia and is the second language spoken by most citizens. 

What currency is used in Malaysia?

The currency used throughout the country is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels, shopping malls and restaurants and there are plenty of ATMs in Malaysia's main tourist areas, whereas it's advisable to use local currency in cash if buying from small vendors.

Do I need a visa to travel to Malaysia?

A visa is not required when travelling from Canada or the United States as a tourist for up to 90 days. 

Is WiFi readily available?

Internet access is good in most major areas of Malaysia. WiFi is available at most restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and malls but login prompts may be in Chinese. Spotty areas exist in remote areas and villages in Malaysia. 

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Malaysia?

It is possible to purchase a SIM card upon arrival. But, we suggest you check with your cellular provider to know what your options are. You might be able to get an affordable roaming plan.   

What are the public bathroom facilities like?

There are two types of toilets in Malaysia - 1) Western sit-down toilets and 2) Asian squat toilets. Most hotels and shopping malls will offer the western sit-down option. Some public bathrooms will not provide toilet paper or soap, so we recommend you bring your own tissues and hand sanitizer. 

Is it safe to drink tap water?

It is strongly advised NOT to drink tap water in Thailand. It’s best to stick to boiled, treated or bottled water. 

When is the best time to travel to Malaysia?

The best time to travel to Malaysia varies depending on which coast one is visiting. The best time to visit the west coast is between December and April while the east coast is best to visit between April and October. 

Is there transportation within Malaysia?

Much of your travels throughout the country will be by bus, minivan, or long-distance taxi and even domestic flights between different regions can be quite convenient. Taxis and hired drivers are easily available everywhere.

Is Malaysia a family friendly destination?

Malaysia is most definitely a family-friendly destination with stunning beaches, great food, and a fascinating culture to experience. Explore the bug and butterfly park on Penang Island or visit Legoland theme park in south Malaysia, there is something for everyone! 

How welcoming is Malaysia to LGBTQ travellers and families?

Malaysia is a conservative country with traditional beliefs, we advise LGBTQ travelers to be discreet. Big cities in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi are quite modern and welcoming to all tourists.

Is tipping customary in Malaysia?

Tipping isn’t expected in Malaysia. Some restaurants include a 10% service fee in bills. Feel free to leave a tip at restaurants or with taxi drivers if you’re feeling generous – it will be appreciated.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Malaysia?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Goway are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

What are the main annual festivals or events held?

Thaipusam – Jan/Feb 

Chinese New Year – Feb 

Malaysia Water Festival – April 

Tadau Ka’amatan Harvest Festival – 30 & 31st May 

Wesak Day – May 

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri – June

Sarawak Gawai Festival – 1st June 

Rainforest World Music Festival – July 

National Day – 31st Aug 

Mooncake Festival & Hungry Ghost Festival – Aug-Sep 

Hari Raya Haji – Oct 

Deepavali – Nov 

The Dragon Boat Festival – Dec 

Christmas – Dec 


Nightlife in Malaysia-

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city has many nightlife areas for tourists to enjoy, such as Piramalai street & Bukit Bintang.

Penang- There are a lot of street-side pubs and bars in the beach area.


Security in Malaysia

There are good & bad people everywhere in the world. But there have been some incidences of bag snatching or asking for your passport by fake police. Please note that the Police will never ask for your passports.


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