Old historic nation, with idyllic scenery, amazing coastline, delicious gastronomy and friendly people.
Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is a small country with so much to offer. Boarding with the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, its territory also includes Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their regional governments.
Portugal is one of the oldest nations in the world. In the 15th and 16th (known as the Age of Discovery), they were one of the world major economic, political and military empire, establishing the first global empire.
In 1974 the Revolução dos Cravos was organized, democracy was restored, putting an end at the Portuguese colonial war. However, Portugal left its influence across the globe, cultural, architectural and linguistic.
Portugal is one of the sunniest places in Europe. With a Mediterranean climate, temperatures mild almost all year. The islands, Azores and Madeira have a subtropical climate. Natural landscaping can be observed, with endemic fauna and flora. Laurisilva subtropical rainforest is only restricted to the Iberian Peninsula, nowadays. The gastronomy is so rich, traditional and full of flavours. In general, dry cod (bacalhau) is widely consumed, with hundreds of recipes. Portuguese pastry, original from medieval catholic monasteries is a must-try. Port wine is appreciated around the world. Portuguese folk music, Fado, it is melancholic urban music, very sentimental, that will leave you speechless. With so much to see and do, you just can’t get bored in Portugal.
Our Malaysia travel guide will help you plan your trip. Before going here are some simple guidelines to make it easier
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Borders: Thailand; Singapore, Vietnam & Indonesia
Malaysia is a safe country. Violent crimes against foreigners are rare, although petty theft can occur. Keep an eye on our credit card, because fraud is a usual problem.
The country has a Tourist Police, specialized in helping tourists. They use dark blue uniforms with a red and blue badge on their shirt pocket, displaying the letter ‘I’ (information).
The Malaysian healthcare system is pretty good in urban centres. Of course, the same can’t be possible in rural areas. You will need proof of yellow fever vaccination if you visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within 6 days before entry.
Don’t drink tap water unless it was verified. Avoid ice and fresh juices.
In the jungles keep aware of leeches, snakes (some venomous), orangutans (sometimes aggressive) and macaques (they usually steal food). Crocodiles attack can be an issue at muddy estuaries.
Go check a doctor at your home country and always do good travel insurance.
In general, Malaysia has an efficient transportation system. Only in Malaysian Borneo, could be more difficult. As Malaysia is one of the most developed countries in Asia, they have quality roads and infrastructure.
The country has the longest highway, stretching along of 800 kilometres between Singapore and the Thailand border. Big cities could be chaotic but, public transportation is a good option.
Railway network connects most of 11 states. Buses are also, largely used.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the largest and busiest in Asia. The national airline is Malaysian Airlines.
Is quite easy to reach Malaysia via air. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is well connected to the rest of the world. Frequent flights operate from neighbour countries. Penang and Langkawi airports are also used for international flights. Malaysian Airlines is the national carrier.
The train network is improving every day in Malaysia. It is possible to reach the country from Singapore and Thailand, by train. You can see schedules here. Bus services between Thailand and Singapore to enter in Malaysia are used for many tourists.
In Malaysia, you will have plenty of options to sleep. A vast range from simple hostels with shared dorms to the most luxurious resorts. It is important to book in advance when you visiting at holidays or events.
Hostels and guesthouses are widely spread over the country. They are on a budget, normally with free breakfast and extras such as free Wi-Fi or tea/coffee.
Hotels in Malaysia can range between budget to high-end. On the first one, expect basic service and prices start around 75MYR (18$/16€). Keep an eye on promotional deals at high-end hotels, usually many times a year.
It is possible to camping on Malaysia national parks or in uninhabited bays at the islands. Another option is to stay with a Malaysian family, at a homestay. This is a unique experience to get to know better the costumes and culture. If you want to know more, enquire the Malaysian Tourism about the homestay programs.
In Malaysian Borneo there are longhouses. Basically, is an entire village under the same interminable roof. This is the way of living from the indigenous Dayak people. You can hire a local guide and coordinate with him your staying.
Airbnb is a good option in the country. Nice, comfortable apartments can be rent for a great price. Bed bugs in a concerning problem are Malaysia. Be aware of it, especially at budget hotels. Sometimes it’s preferable to pay a little bit more for a clean place. To book in advance for your accommodation please use the Booking box.
Malaysia has a tropical monsoon climate meaning that is hot and humid with a bit of rain throughout the year. Depending on the region you want to go, it is possible to avoid the rain. The peak season occurs from December to February, when the end-of-year school holidays happen, followed by Chinese New Year. Prices will rise. It is important to avoid the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak due to monsoons.
Between March and June is the end of Ramadan. From July to November is shoulder season. But, the wettest months on the west coast and highlands.
In general, the best time to visit is from March to November. It is less humid and drier but, still warm. You will enjoy places without lots of tourists.
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