Malaysia is a tourist hot spot located in South East Asia. It is an island country bordered by Singapore in the south east and Thailand in the north.
Visa -You need to apply for a visa (you need yellow fever card) before heading to Malaysia, and you can only enter the country by air, so you must have a return ticket. You will be allowed to stay for a maximum of 14 days at a time, and it costs N 3,700 (£10) for single entry and N5,300 (£20)
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Flights – An airline ticket from Lagos or Abuja to Kuala Lumpur would cost you from $1200 (£750) to $2000 (£1,300) depending on the airline and class of seat. There are in fact special promotions before and after the summer-time and you can get discounts if you know what you’re doing or if you have an efficient travel agent.
The Good to know Facts
The national currency is known as Ringit Malaysia and is about RM3.2 to 1 US dollar. It is not a culturally homogenous country as you will find that it is populated by the local Malays, Chinese and Tamil Indians. The national language is known as Bahasa Malay however about 60% of the people learn English in school so communication should be somewhat easy.
The people in Malaysia are easy going and polite for the most part. They are soft-spoken and appreciate that kind of demeanor in people. It would be unwise to be loud and/or aggressive when speaking with them for they would find such action as provocative or threatening. So do keep your voice down when speaking. Remember the popular slogan, “Malaysia, Truly Asia”? Well whoever came up with slogan was not kidding because you will tend to find yourself immersed deep into different Asian cultural experiences.
The most popular food in Malaysia is Chicken-stirred fried rice, know locally as ‘Nasi Goreng Ayam’ however you can find food from anywhere on the planet from Tanzanian or Nigerian cuisine to Mexican or even French culinary delights.
The Malaysian experience is one of a kind. Its culturally enriching as well as very definitive for any world traveller. A holiday budget of about two weeks would need you spending just about $2000 (£1,300) to cover your hotel bills, feeding, tourism and shopping… well if you’re willing to experience the country fully that is. However your expenditures would depend on your life style. You could stay at The Sheraton or The Hilton if you want to be spoilt a bit… but personally, I recommend the very awesome Nilai Spring Hotel, it has the 5star experience with a 4star bill. A deluxe room should cost you $40 (£25) a night.
The Fun Facts
Have you ever seen calendars or post-cards of those beautiful sandy beaches with aquamarine ocean waves glittering in the sunset? You probably would if you’re in Malaysia. Some of the world’s most spectacular beaches are found in that region, making it the ultimate Honeymoon spot on the globe.
Or maybe you’re more into those spiritual-type shopping experiences where you can find almost anything you’re looking for. When it comes to shopping Malaysia does not play around. Personally, I’d say I’ve had more interesting shopping experiences in Malaysia than in places like Dubai because for some reason, a lot of stuff are cheaper there.
The Nightlife is in a league of its own. Whatever your taste in music or social shenanigans you’re very likely to find what you’re looking in all those clubs, pubs and karaoke bars. The African community in Malaysia is quite rich and diverse so it would be a good idea to hit the popular clubs in the Damansara region of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city.
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