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Food in Malaysia

Food in Malaysia

If shopping is the national pastime in Malaysia, then food is the national obsession. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the phrase 'Sudah makan?' (Have you eaten already?). Everything in Malaysia revolves around great food. Pleasant social get-togethers are always combined with having a nice meal. In Malaysia, more people blog about food than about anything else. Locals usually never eat at home; unless it is with family. Everybody eats outdoors every night; Malaysia is all about food!

Rafflesia biggest flower in the world


Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world's largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This goes for the Chinese population in Malaysia too where the day itself is declared a public holiday. For Chinese locals the new year means a new start where they can make new money and attract new businesses. At numerous locations in Malaysia people light fireworks during the celebrations. Chinese New Year is the only day in the year most of the shops are closed for business.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Matta travel fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) is the biggest and most popular travel fair in Malaysia. Malaysians do not yet use the internet as the standard way to book their trips and holidays. Many either go to travel offices or they consult their travel agent when they want to go on a trip. Matta Fair is the place for the best bargains; and it can even be interesting for foreign travelers as there usually are great bargains to destinations outside and within Malaysia.

Visa information

As with other countries, an International Passport or valid travel documents recognized by the Malaysian Government and internationally, is required for any foreign nationals entering Malaysia. The passport must have enough pages for the embarkation stamp upon arrival and be valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry.

A visa is not necessary for travelers coming from certain countries. For those who require visa, three types of visas can be obtained, whichever is applicable: single entry, multiple entry or transit visa. Visas have to be applied for in advance but the final decision for allowance of entry is at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the entry point.

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Application for Visa: U.S. citizens

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Malaysia for social, business or academic purposes (except for employment) for a stay of up to three months. A valid U.S. Passport is required. Application for visas should be made at the nearest Malaysian Embassy or Consulate General's office.

Embassy & Consulates U.S.

  • Los Angeles, USA
  • Consulate General of Malaysia
  • 550 South Hope Street, Suite 400
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Tel: 213.892.1238
  • Fax: 213.892.9031
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • New York, USA
  • Consulate General of Malaysia
  • 313 East 43rd Street
  • New York, NY 10017
  • Tel: 212.490.1420
  • Fax: 212.490.2049
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Washington D.C., USA
  • Embassy of Malaysia
  • Washington
3516 International Court NW
  • Washington, D.C. 20008
  • Tel: 202.572.9700

Tourism Boards U.S.

  • Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board West
  • 818 West Seventh Street, Suite 970, Los Angeles, CA 90017 United States of America
  • Phone: +0012136899702
  • Fax: +0012136891530
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board East
  • 120 East 56th Street,15th Floor,New York, NY 10022 United States of America
  • Phone: (212) 754 - 1113
  • Fax: (212) 754 – 1116
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:

Application for Visa: United Kingdom citizens

A visa is not required for citizens of the United Kingdom as they are allowed to stay in Malaysia for 90 days (3 months) without the need for a Visa. Should they exceed their stay then they need to apply for a valid Visa up front.

Embassy & Consulate UK

  • Malaysian High Commission
  • 45 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QT
  • Tel: 0870 005 6957

Tourism Board UK

  • Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board
  • 57 Trafalgar Square London, London WC2N 5DU, United Kingdom
  • Phone: +442 079 307 932 Fax: +442 079 309 015
  • Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Application for Visa: Rest of the world

Malaysia has different visa rules for different countries. In this document you can read up on the requirements related to your country. Most western countries (i.e. European countries, South-American and North-American countries) fall under the 90 days ruling.


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