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Seven slightly unconventional traveling tips for Malaysia:
1. Stay clear of public restrooms. If you can, try to use washrooms of hotels or restaurants, or generally places which will have a basic standard of hygiene. Our public restrooms are not the pride and joy of what our country has to offer, I can assure you that.
2. If you don’t prefer using the LRT or KTM as means of transport, use Uber. The Uber industry is fairly large and efficient in Malaysia. A lot of the locals themselves use it. And to be honest, our public transport is very often significantly late. So once again, I wouldn’t recommend.
3. If you’re visiting the Petaling street night market (aka Chinatown) or any other flea markets, haggle. Always haggle. The vendors have already jacked up their prices because they are expecting you to haggle. This is common in many third world countries.
4. Be wary of pickpockets, especially around touristy areas. Make sure to hold on to your belongings.
5. Do not fear any communication barriers. Most Malaysians do speak a smattering of English and even if they don’t, we’re generally a very welcoming country and you can be sure that the citizens of Malaysia will try their freakin’ hardest to understand you and vice versa. Mainly because we really like having tourists in our country. It excites us. We will fall over our feet to help you with whatever you need.
6. Dress for the weather. Malaysia averages about 30-32 degrees everyday, all year round. Remember to take the opportunity to bust out your tank tops and shorts!
7. Eat. Malaysians are obsessed about food. We are very proud of our cuisine, some might say it’s the only thing we have to be proud of. Malaysia is a country comprised out of three major ethnic groups – Chinese, Malay and Indian. And when you move up North to Penang, the cuisine starts to have a little bit of Thai influence. To summarize, our food is amazing. Definitely worth trying. Bring a bottle of water along with you though, because our food can get really spicy.
I hope you enjoy your stay! (:
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