Malaysia is a bustling melting pot of races and religions, where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals.
Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital of Malaysia, functions as the centre of Malaysia’s political, commercial and social life. It is a city of delightful contracts – a combination of modern cosmopolitan, sophistication, lingering old world charm; a juxtaposition of gracious colonial edifices, pre-war shop houses and gleaming copper domed roofs against a backdrop of towering skyscrapers like the PETRONAS Twin Towers. Experience the multi-faceted fascinations of Malaysia – right in Kuala Lumpur.
The national language is Malay, or Bahasa Malaysia, although English is widely spoken. Chinese dialects and Tamil are also spoken.
The national monetary unit is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR or RM). Coins in use are one, five, 10, 20 and 50 sen, and notes come in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100. USD1.00 is approximately MYR3.20.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, local banks, hotels and money changers. Before departure from home, visitors are encouraged to check the acceptability of their credit cards and/or cash cards with their local bank. Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere.
The voltage used in Malaysia is 220 to 240 volts AC (50 cycles). Three-point square plugs are used, similar to those used in Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.