Malaysia Travel Tips

Passports and Visas: It is each traveler responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa if required. Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies.

Trip Preparation: A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you&rsquoll have copies for easier reporting and replacement.

Health Information: Check with your personal physician for the latest overseas travel health information, or contact the Center for Disease Controls traveler&rsquos hotline at 404-332-4559, web site www.cdc.gov.

Hotels: Right Travel has carefully each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard rooms with two single beds and private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgrade. Room ion is strictly at the discretion of the hotel management. We reserve the right to make hotel substitutions with those of equal standard.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out: Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Shopping: Shopping in a foreign country can be a wonderful experience. We do include a few stops at recommended popular shops on every escorted tour, intended to enhance your cultural experience. As you explore the country independently, you may find fantastic, one-of-a-kind merchandise. You may get terrific bargains. However, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. With some of the largest malls on Earth, carrying almost every major designer and brand, there are stores to suit all tastes. Or, for a more traditional flavor, spend some time in the souks and bazaars, where haggling is still practiced.

Luggage: All Right Travel packages allow one piece of luggage per person, plus carry-on bag. Additional baggage will be subject to airline handling charges of up to $100 per piece. As Right Travel will not be responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings, you MUST report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form MUST be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. See Right Travel page for Important Baggage Information for U.S. Travelers.

Currency: We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country youre visiting before you depart. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. Its also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs dont always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash or travelers&rsquo checks, exchange them at banks where the rate is more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Malaysia - The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency of Malaysia.

Credit Cards: While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

Your Safety is Very Important: Every effort has been taken by Right Travel to ensure your safety. However, it is important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while you&rsquore on your trip. Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Don&rsquot put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place. (In case that one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place.) Don&rsquot leave valuables laying loose in your room-use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers check numbers in the hotel safe. If you have purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Right Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Right Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Code of Conduct: The code of conduct is a set of rules and norms in a particular environment. It defines what to do and what not to do. It is based on ethical value. What differentiate it to ethical code is that it is obligatory and punishes offenders. The principal objectives of this code are to build confidence toward all the customs partners and to reconcile efficiency of controls and trade facilitation. The finality of this code is to promote the professional integrity of the Customs Administration staff and to inform the public what conduct they have the right to expect from these agents. It is necessary to notice that this code applies to all the staff of the Malagasy Customs Administration

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Malaysia: Ambulance/Police: 999
  • Fire: 994

Languages

Malaysia: The indigenous languages of Malaysia belong to the Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian families. The national, or official, language is Malay which is the mother tongue of the majority Malay ethnic group. The main ethnic groups within Malaysia comprise the Malays, Chinese and Indians, with many other ethnic groups represented in smaller numbers, each with its own languages. The largest native languages spoken in East Malaysia are the Iban, Dusunic, and the Kadazan languages. English is widely understood in service industries and is a compulsory subject in primary and secondary school. It is also the main language spoken in most private colleges and universities. English may take precedence over Malay in certain official contexts as provided for by the National Language Act, especially in the states of Sabah and Sarawak, where it may be the official working language

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