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Visitors are required to have a valid Malaysian visa and a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. Travel to the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak requires a passport. A Travellers Declaration Form, regarding value of currency brought in or taken out, needs to be filled on entering and leaving Malaysia .

The official currency is Malaysian ringgit. To get a better rate of exchange transact foreign currency exchange at licensed money changers or Bureau de change than at banks. These are to be found in the airport, upmarket shopping centres, and star hotels. Traveller's cheques are best cashed at banks. Banks are open from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, and 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Saturdays. The first Saturday of every month is a bank holiday.

Credit cards are widely accepted, but it would make sense to use them sparingly at smaller businesses as they may charge a 3% surcharge. Avoid possibilities of fraud by drawing enough cash from ATMs for use in these situations. ATMs are to be found in almost all shopping centres, bus and rail stations, petrol stations, and other public places. Amex cards can be used at the Maybank ATMs to draw local currency.

Vaccinations are not normally required for entry into Malaysia . Having said that, it would be wise to check health conditions prior to visiting to safe guard against epidemics such as certain flu or virus outbreaks. It is safer to carry bottled water when visiting rural regions. If visiting remote parks and wooded areas, consider protection against malaria. Visitors from yellow fever prone areas such as Africa and South American countries must have vaccination certificates. Trafficking in drugs in or out of the country will have serious consequences as the penalty is death.

Major Hospitals
Johor Specialist Hospital —6(07) 223 7811
General Hospital —6(03) 7722 2692
Island Hospital —6(04) 2288 222

Bahasa Malaysia is the national language. English is widely spoken but with strong Malay accent. Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tamil are spoken by the Chinese and Indian communities.

Time zone
GMT +8.

Dialling code

Electrical Supply
220V AC 50 Hz

Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police: 999
Ambulance: 999
Fire: 994

Tourist Police

Tourist Information
03- 2693 5188

Light summer clothing for daytime attire and light woollens for the evening and highland weather are recommended. It is considered inappropriate to visit places of worship in casual clothes. Take care to cover shoulders to below knees when visiting mosques.

Kuala Lumpur (KL) offers visitors the option to pick up for unusual souvenirs and products. Feel free to ask locals how and where to shop in 'Pasar Malams' or Night Markets.

Kuala Lumpur shopping
Visitors are spoilt for choice with the variety available for shopping for both traditional and modern goods. With its culture in mind, KL has a wide range of complexes, markets and shops that stock local arts and crafts.

Kuala Lumpur is one of Southeast Asia's premier shopping destinations, attracting visitors from all across the globe. From old world handicraft to souvenirs and the hottest designer brands to new-technology electrical appliances, you'll find it all in Kuala Lumpur! Visit their website for all details:

Bukit Bintang Shopping
Bukit Bintang is synonymous with the ultimate in shopping in the city, and presents a wealth of options to satiate each shopper. Some of KL’s major shopping centres can be found in Bukit Bintang, available or customised to meet any requirement. The variety is too large to describe

KLCC Shopping
KLCC is regarded by some as the Garden of Eden for shoppers, more so as it is at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. Six floors of retail products under one roof are more than adequate for any shopper and Suria KLCC houses famous international brands. The exclusive blends with the elusive, making shopping exciting. Directly across the street is yet another major mall, ‘Avenue K’.

Chinatown Shopping
Chinatown’s most well-known shopping area is undoubtedly Petaling Street. Besides Petaling Street, there are quite a few shopping centres around Chinatown, with three malls and a Central Market (Pasar Seni). Details are at

Petaling Jaya Shopping
Petaling Jaya boasts of housing some really popular shopping areas in the country. This is manna from heaven for shopping freaks, who can frequent the multitude of shopping malls to the local-flavoured ‘Pasar Malam’ (night market).

Bangsar Shopping
Bangsar isn't particularly known for its shopping, but there are still a large number of shopping outlets and a few malls in the area. The Sunday night market from early evening till late night, coupled with the local night life, makes for some entertaining shopping opportunities.

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