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Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Asy-Syakirin Mosque, Petronas Towers © Can Stock Photo / szefei

Malaysia is located in the South China Sea and has a population of about 30 million.  It is comprised of two separate land areas.  The peninsula of Malaysia is bordered by Thailand to its north and is the site of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.  The Borneo portion of East Malaysia is located on an island to the east of the peninsula.  Brunei and Indonesia also occupy the island.  In Borneo, the Sabah area includes Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sukau and the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.  The Borneo region has a large number of mammals and birds, but habitat loss is a major problem.  There are only about 500 Malayan tigers left in the wild and the orangutan has suffered greatly from development in forested areas.

Visa Requirements:

Most countries do not require a tourist visa for entry to Malaysia.  For the latest status, an excellent source is the High Commission of Malaysia web site in Australia or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.


The Malaysian currency is the ringgit.


Malaysia is located along the equator and the South China Sea, so it experiences year round hot, humid weather.  Expect no perceptible difference in temperature regardless of the month of the year.  Malaysia is subject to two monsoon seasons covering most of the year.  Rainfall is slightly higher in the months of November and December, but precipitation is consistent in every month of the year.

Electrical Adapter:

Malaysia uses the standard British electrical adapter.

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