Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country in Southeast Asia and the country charms its visitors with lively metropolis, beautiful beaches, pleasant islands, rainforests, and incredible wildlife. Recently, the country has also been attracting visitors for its superior medical facilities that offer affordable prices and high-tech equipment. The country has seen significant growth in the number of medical tourists, with 1.2 million visitors who came for healthcare treatment in 2018. Other than the cost-effective prices, many people prefer Malaysia as their medical destination because the doctors are well-qualified, and the country holds a large number of world-class medical centers. The most desirable medical procedures are dental surgery, cosmetic surgery, and Brazilian butt-lift.
Popular Cities and Regions
The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most visited countries in the world. Tourists should visit the 1,500 feet tall Petronas Twin Towers, try its culinary delights, explore the Batu Caves, and see the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. For an island retreat, Pulau Langkawi offers sandy beaches, endless sunshine, and traditional villages. The most popular beach on the island is Pantai Cenang, and the ocean surrounding the island offers some excellent snorkeling spots to see the diverse marine life. Another enchanting holiday destination in Malaysia is Penang, which is home to Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with British Raj architecture and historic sites. Other famous cities are Malacca, Johor Bahru, and Kuching.
Malaysia has a reliable and inexpensive public transportation system and the country has airports in each of its regions. International visitors will likely arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which is the biggest and the busiest airport in the country. To get from one region to another, budget flights such as AirAsia and Malindo Air are the best option. Malaysia also has a comprehensive bus network that connects all major cities and towns. Traveling inside major cities is easy since there are various modes of transport, including taxis, minibusses, buses, trishaws, and trains.
Citizens 167 countries are granted visa-free entries and can stay for 30 or 90 days. Malaysia provides eVisa for nationals of 10 countries, including China, India, and Myanmar. The eVisa can be applied from all countries around the world except Malaysia and Singapore.
Malaysia experiences a tropical climate and the weather is hot and humid all year round, with an average temperature of around 20 °C to 30 °C. While November to February is the wet season on the east coast, the west coast enjoys sunny and dry weather. On the other hand, the wet season on the west coast is from April to October.
- Local Currency: The Malaysian Ringgit is the local currency, and 1 USD is equivalent to approximately RM4.20.
- Money & Payments: ATMs that accept international cards are widespread. Credit cards are accepted in most established hotels and restaurants. Tipping is not necessary, but it will be appreciated.
- Local Language: Malay is the official language, and English is also widely spoken in the country.
- Local Culture and Religion: The official religion is Islam, but the population is free to follow any religion.
- Public holidays: The country celebrates Gregorian New Year, Chinese New Year, Eid Mubarak, and Tamil New Year.