Things To Do Before Heading On A Trip to Malaysia

Things To Do Before Heading On A Trip to Malaysia

Malaysia is a wonderful country, one of the best in South East Asia. It’s also quite diversified – from the vibrant capital Kuala Lumpur to the jungles of Borneo, everyone will find something for themselves there. Some even decide to move permanently to this country- no wonder why! It’s very comfortable to live, the prices are low, food is yummy, and the people are amazing. If it’s your first time in Malaysia, check out these helpful things to do before heading to this country. 


The citizens of most countries in the world don’t need visa to Malaysia. They can stay in the country for up to 90 days. However, you need to make sure that you are the one who can travel without a visa there. Check out these types of visa for Malaysia to make sure you are fully prepared for your trip:


This is a single entry visa to the country valid for up to three months.


This is a multiple entry visa issued for business and government purposes. Valid between 3-12 months.

Transit Visa

This is issued if you are staying in Malaysia for a short period of time before moving on to another country. They are valid for up to 120 hours.

Visa Upon Arrival

Available to citizens of China and India only, you can purchase a visa once you enter the country.

Medical eVisa

If you are visiting Malaysia for medical purposes, then you can apply for an eVisa for up to 30 days. 

In all instances, you will need a valid passport. You will need to show return or onward flight tickets.


Malaysia is relatively safe to travel, however, you want to make sure you protected yourself from tropical diseases before traveling to this country. There are a lot of creatures such as mosquitos that can give you a nasty bite. As such, it is recommended you have the following vaccines before travel:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever 
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies

As well as recommended vaccines, there are routine vaccinations to have too. This includes:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDAP)
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza
  • Meningitis
  • Polio

What To Take To Malaysia?

Malaysia is a tropical country, and as we have seen, mosquitoes and other things can spread various diseases. As such, consider bringing:

  • Mosquito repellent and mosquito nets (or buy them right after you arrive to Malaysia).
  • Umbrellas and ponchos as it often rains.
  • Breathable, lightweight clothes as it is often hot.
  • Shoes that you can remove easily. Many places you go to like temples require this.
  • A type G phone adaptor and chargers for anything electronic.
  • Medication
  • Money and credit cards

It is an excellent idea to write down and keep on your emergency contact details for back home and in Malaysia. This can be extended to writing down in Malaysian your accommodation to show cab drivers and the like.

Transport In Malaysia

Malaysia public transport is very good, and many travelers recommend it. Uber and GRAB taxis are preferred to standard taxis as they have a reputation for not being very good with rude drivers and subpar vehicles.

Road trips are considered epic in Malaysia, and you can reach some pretty remote places by road. Rent a car and go for an adventure.

A good alternative is to take the KTM ETS train, which can take you from city to city and watching Malaysia roll from your seat is quite wonderful.

Malaysia is a wonderful country. Explore it when you can.

2 Responses

  1. Malaysia seems to be a very cool place to visit, it’s fine that they don’t ask you for a VISA to enter the country if you want to go and travel for a weekend to know a little more about the culture! Also, it’s very important that you mention the part of the vaccines you need to have before traveling so we can prevent illnesses! I really enjoy reading your article thanks a lot for all the advice!

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