Taman Negara Royal Belum, Perak

Taman Negara Royal Belum, Perak

Taman Negara Royal Belum ditubuhkan pada tahun 2000. Jadi, pada ada bulan Julai 2003, hutan Belum dikenali sebagai “Royal Belum”.

Secara rasmi diwartakan sebagai Taman Negara Diraja Belum pada 3 Mei 2007. Taman Negara Royal Belum mempunyai tanah seluas 117,500 hektar yang meliputi kira-kira 40% daripada jumlah Rizab Hutan Belum Temenggor (300,000 hektar).

Seperti tulisan sebelum ini, jangan keliru antara Kompleks Hutan Belum Temenggor. Royal Belum hanyalah sebahagian sahaja dari Kompleks Hutan Belum Temenggor.

Nota: Jika melancong ke Perak, jangan lupa baca tempat menarik di Perak yang percuma.

Lokasi Royal Belum

Terletak di daerah Perak Utara, Malaysia, kawasan ini dikelilingi oleh sempadan Thailand di sebelah utara, lebuh raya Timur-Barat di sebelah Selatan dan negeri Kelantan di sebelah timur. Kawasan ini bersempadan dengan Bang Lang National Park, Thailand dan Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.

Bahagian selatan dipanggil Rizab Hutan Temenggor yang berada dalam kawasan Lembah Belum-Temenggor. Hutan hujan agak berbeza dengan ketumpatan dan mempunyai aktiviti pembalakan berat yang dianggap zon merah oleh sesetengah pejuang alam sekitar.

 

Hujan hujan tertua di dunia

Berusia 130 juta tahun, Royal Belum adalah antara hutan hujan tertua di dunia. Ia mempunyai kepelbagaian biologi daripada mana-mana kawasan lain.

Beberapa tarikan utama ialah bunga Rafflesia (spesies: Azlanii, Cantleyii dan Kerrii), Hornbills (10 spesies), air sejuk dan menyegarkan (Ruok, Kejar, Mes, Semelian, Ko’oi, Belangan, Tiang, Papan, Gen dan lain-lain) ), Salt Licks (dianggarkan 60 tapak), di antara tapak yang boleh diakses ialah Sira / Jenut Papan, Sira Rambai, Sira Selantan dan lain-lain), hidupan liar (gajah, harimau, gaur bos, rusa, rusa menyalak, rusa tikus, rama-rama, ikan, tapir, babi hutan, monyet, tupai dan lain-lain).

 

Orang asli di Royal Belum

Orang asli Orang Asli yang terdapat dalam Royal Belum adalah suku Jahai. Lokasi kampung mereka ialah Sungai Tiang, Sungai Kejar (kiri, kanan dan sungai atas) dan lokasi terpencil di dalam hutan hujan. Aktiviti utama mereka adalah memburu, memancing dan pertanian. Struktur moden di kampung seperti Sungai Tiang telah dibina oleh kerajaan untuk menaikkan taraf hidup mereka dengan elektrik, air dan pendidikan yang sesuai.

 

Kuasa

Royal Belum diselenggarakan dan dijaga oleh Pihak Berkuasa Taman Negeri Perak (PTNP) yang juga bertanggungjawab mengatur dan mengawasi semua kegiatan. Pejabat PTNP terletak di bandar Gerik, Perak. Permit masuk bagi setiap pelawat ke Royal Belum adalah satu kemestian dan hanya dikeluarkan oleh PTNP dalam had waktu yang lebih lama. Penduduk tempatan memerlukan 24 jam untuk kelulusan permit dan warga asing akan memerlukan 4-5 hari lebih awal (dengan salinan pasport) untuk permohonan permit.

Lagipun, Royal Belum adalah salah satu hutan hujan yang bagus untuk dialami.

Semoga hutan hujan di negara kita kekal terpelihara.

Kompleks Hutan Belum Temenggor, Perak

Kompleks Hutan Belum Temenggor

Belum-Temenggor (kadang-kadang dipanggil dan dieja juga sebagai Belum-Temengor) adalah kompleks hutan terbesar yang berterusan di Semenanjung Malaysia.

 

Lokasi

Secara khususnya, ia terletak di negeri Perak Malaysia dan melintasi Selatan Thailand. Belum-Temenggor dibahagikan kepada dua bahagian.

Belum terletak di sebelah kanan utara sempadan Malaysia-Thailand manakala Temenggor di selatan Belum. Taman Negara Diraja Belum sepenuhnya terkandung dalam kompleks hutan.

Jadi, jangan keliru. Royal Belum itu lain, manakala Belum Temenggor juga lain, iaitu satu kompleks yang besar.

 

Usia

Belum-Temenggor dipercayai telah wujud selama lebih dari 130 juta tahun menjadikannya salah satu hutan hujan tertua di dunia, lebih tua dari Amazon dan Congo. Di tengah-tengah hutan terletak tasik buatan Tasik Temenggor, yang meliputi 15,200 hektar yang dipenuhi ratusan pulau.

Kawasan ini telah dikenal pasti sebagai Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) Rank 1, di bawah Malaysian National Physical Plan. Kawasan ini juga diiktiraf oleh Birdlife International sebagai Important Bird Area, iaitu kawasan burung yang penting.

Kerajaan Malaysia telah melabel kawasan tersebut sebagai kawasan tadahan air yang penting dan sebahagian daripada Central Forest Spine dan perancangannya adalah untuk melindungi hutan di bawah Akta Perhutanan Negara Malaysia.

 

Digazetkan

Di antara kedua-dua kawasan ini (iaitu Belum dan Temenggor), hanya sebahagian daripada Hutan Simpan Belum telah diwartakan sebagai Taman Negeri.

Manakala selebihnya adalah hutan yang terbuka untuk pembangunan.

Temenggor khususnya menghadapi penebangan hutan yang banyak akibat pembalakan. Pertubuhan-pertubuhan alam sekitar seperti Malaysian Nature Society dan World Wildlife Fund telah melobi kerajaan negeri Perak dan kerajaan persekutuan agar mewartakan kawasan itu sebagai sebuah taman.

Dikhabarkan bahawa kerajaan negeri Perak telah menentang usaha itu. Ini memandangkan industri pembalakan memberikan pulangan yang lumayan.

Walau bagaimanapun, masih lagi ada berita gembira. Kerajaan negeri mengagihkan 1,175 kilometer persegi, sebahagian daripada hutan simpan Belum sebagai taman negara pada 3 Mei 2007. Terdapat rancangan untuk menukar hutan semula jadi ke hutan perladangan di sepanjang Lebuhraya Timur-Barat.

 

Flora dan fauna

Hutan dara, yang belum disentuh di Belum-Temenggor adalah rumah kepada pelbagai flora dan fauna termasuk 14 mamalia yang terancam di dunia termasuk harimau Malaya, gajah Asiatik, gibbon tangan putih, beruang dan tapir. Haiwan lain termasuk seladang, babi hutan, pelbagai jenis rusa dan ular.

Belum-Temenggor juga adalah syurga kepada lebih daripada 300 spesies burung. Ia adalah satu-satunya hutan yang terdapat di mana semua 10 spesies hornbill yang tinggal di Malaysia ditemui. Di dalam hutan ini, anda juga boleh menemui 3,000 spesies tumbuhan berbunga, termasuk 3 spesies Rafflesia iaitu bunga terbesar di dunia.

Senarai Aktiviti dan Tempat Menarik di Gopeng, Perak

Gopeng Glamping Park

Maklumat umum

Gopeng adalah sebuah bandar yang terletak di Mukim Teja, Daerah Kampar, Perak, Malaysia. Ia terletak kira-kira 20 km ke selatan Ipoh, ibu negara. Pekan ini terletak di sebelah barat Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan Lebuhraya – Simpang Pulai.

Bukit-bukit dan pergunungan Titiwangsa kelihatan jelas; lebuhraya menembusi di antara banjaran ini dan pemandangan peregangan Tapah-Gopeng adalah salah satu kawasan paling indah di sebelah barat Semenanjung Malaysia.

Gopeng pernah berkembang dengan industri perlombongan timah, dan sekarang Gopeng berkembang dengan pengembaraan eko-pelancongan dan aktiviti luar.

Pekan Gopeng dikelilingi oleh hutan, sungai, air terjun, gunung, gua (Gua Tempurung), kolam dan kampung. Ini menjadikan Gopeng sebagai destinasi pengembaraan yang hebat! Tiada masa untuk bosan!

 

Tempat menarik di Gopeng, sesuai untuk pencinta alam

Gopeng Glamping Park

Gopeng Glamping Park

Terletak di Kampung Chulek, aktiviti glamping ini mencuri perhatian ramai anak-anak muda. Bagi yang tertanya-tanya, apa itu glamping, izinkan kami berkongsi.

Glamping ialah satu bentuk perkhemahan yang melibatkan penginapan dan kemudahan yang lebih mewah daripada yang berkaitan dengan perkhemahan tradisional.

Kawan ini bersih dan ada banyak lokasi menarik yang boleh dimuat naik ke Instagram.

 

Arung jeram (White water rafting)

Daya tarikan utama rantau ini adalah arung jeram. Anda akan mengalami 2 1/2 jam dengan arung jeram melalui jeram sungai Kampar.

Bergantung pada keadaan cuaca, air boleh menjadi ‘liar‘.

Atas sebab-sebab keselamatan, taklimat keselamatan akan dilakukan sebelum turun ke sungai. Ini merangkumi arahan mendayung, kemahiran, latihan mengayun, tindakan ketika berlepas dan menyelamat ketika berada di sungai. Selepas 10-15 minit taklimat, anda boleh meneruskan pengembaraan berakit yang ditunggu-tunggu.

 

Air terjun abseiling (Waterfall abseiling)

Anda perlu pergi ke Ulu Geruntum lebih kurang 30 minit perjalanan melalui jalan kampung yang tidak bertar dan sempit. Di sini,  air terjun Geruntum adalah yang paling popular untuk aktiviti abseiling.

Anda akan dilengkapkan dengan peralatan yang baik dan lengkap. Secara perlahan-lahan, anda akan turun ke air terjun sejauh 15 meter dari tempat yang tinggi. Perlu diingatkan, ia tidak seharusnya dilakukan dengan cepat. Berhati-hati kerana air terjun sangat laju.

Aktiviti berasaskan air di Sungai Kampar yang indah juga menyeronokkan. Bayangkanlah diri anda terapung di sungai menggunakan tiub sejauh 2 km di sepanjang sungai yang berliku-liku.

 

Gua Tempurung & Gua Kandu

Terletak jauh di dalam hutan Malaysi, ada satu menara marmar putih dan batu kapur yang dipanggil Gua Tempurung.

Tersembunyi di dalam batu kapur ini adalah sistem yang rumit bagi gua dari pelbagai dimensi yang terdapat di dalam bukit batu kapur. Gua ini secara metaforanya, adalah galeri stalagmit dan stalaktit yang menakjubkan.  Formasi batuan yang luar biasa juga merupakan keajaiban speleologi yang hebat yang hanya terdapat di dini sahaja.

 

Raffelesia trekking

Spesies Rafflesia dinamakan sempena M. Cantley, seorang kurator dari Singapore Botanic Gardens (1880-1886). Perjalan hanya akan mengambil masa kira-kira 1 jam 30 minit.

Namun, untuk pergi ke sana, ia akan mengambil masa 30 minit dengan menaiki lori. Jarak berjalan kaki hanya beberapa kilometer (maksimum 5 km).

Perjalanan ke Rafflesia ini sebenarnya berhampiran dengan sebuah kampung kecil, iaitu kira-kira 12 km dari Gopeng, berhampiran Ipoh, Perak. Untuk menerobos hutan di mana Rafflesia tumbuh, anda perlu mendapatkan perkhidmatan dan tunjuk-ajar dari Orang Asli Semai.

Perjalanan ini berbukit-bukit, ada beberapa bahagian yang anda mesti naik dan turun. Apabila perjalanan sudah bukit, anda sudah dapat melihat Rafflesia.

 

Jungle Trekking

Anda boleh jelajah hutan yang meliputi jarak 10 km. Perjalanan mengambil masa kira-kira 2 jam – 4 jam.

 

Lembah Teh Gaharu

Tempat menarik di Gopeng

Lembah Teh Gaharu mempunyai pokok teh besar bukannya pokok teh yang kecil, seperti di Cameron Highlands.

Pokok-pokok Gaharu adalah besar. Untuk mendapatkan daun tehnya, tidak boleh semudah yang dipilih di Cameron Highlands.

Teh Gaharu kaya dengan mineral penting seperti vitamin, kalsium, zink, besi dan mangan. Daun Gaharu mengandungi kandungan anti-penuaan dan anti-kanser yang tinggi kerana kandungan anti-oksidan yang tinggi.

 

Pengangkutan

Terdapat perkhidmatan bas antara bandar setiap hari. Kinta Omnibus membuat perjalanan antara Kampar, Estet Kota Baru, Batu Gajah, Gopeng dan Stesen Bas Ipoh di Medan Kidd. Terdapat hanya satu perkhidmatan bas awam yang ada di Gopeng.

Perkhidmatan bas ekspres dari pelbagai lokasi pada umumnya akan menurunkan penumpang di Gopeng. Kebanyakan pengguna bas ekspres ini adalah yang dalam perjalanan ke Kuala Lumpur, Singapura dan Pulau Pinang.

Perkhidmatan teksi juga boleh didapati di Gopeng, dan mereka ditempatkan di Stesen Bas Gopeng.

 

Kesimpulan

Jika ada masa, datanglah ke Gopeng. Tentu sekali anda akan menikmati pengalaman yang tak akan dilupakan seumur hidup. Teruskan lagi ke utara untuk melihat tempat menarik di Langkawi pula.

Cuma kena modal sedikit untuk naik feri.

Selamat bercuti!

 

20 Top Tourist Attractions in Kuala Kangsar

Tourist attractions in Kuala Kangsar

General Info

The Kuala Kangsar District (population 39,300) is a district and the royal town of Perak, Malaysia. It is located at the downstream of Kangsar River where it joins the Perak River, approximately 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Ipoh, Perak’s capital, and 98 km (61 mi) southeast of George Town, Penang. It is the main town in the administrative district of Kuala Kangsar.

Tourist attractions

  1. Ubudiah Mosque and the Royal Mausoleum
  2. Istana Kenangan (Old Palace, now the Perak Royal Museum)
  3. Istana Iskandariah (The Royal Palace)
  4. Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery
  5. Victoria Bridge (built 1900)
  6. Iskandariah Bridge
  7. Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge
  8. Pavilion Square Tower
  9. Keris Memorial
  10. Bukit Chandan
  11. The first & oldest rubber tree planted in the country (near Police Headquarters)
  12. Handicraft Development Centre, Enggor
  13. Riverside walk next to the Sayong Bridge
  14. Public swimming pool at Bukit Chandan
  15. The morning wet market
  16. Laksa stalls (Medan Selera Sungai Perak)
  17. Hot springs (Kolam Air Panas), Ara Panjang, Manong
  18. Government English Girls School (GEGS, SMK Raja Perempuan Kelsom)
  19. Clock tower (Jam Besar Kuala Kangsar)
  20. Ulu Kenas waterfall

 

History

Apart from being exposed to the impending threat of invasion, the other problem was the force of monsoon seasons, which led to numerous flooding as water gushed down from the jungles above through the many tributaries. The name Kuala Kangsar is believed to be derived from ‘Kuala Kurang-Sa’, which literally means ‘100 minus (-) one’, usually interpreted as ‘the 99th small tributary to flow into the Perak River’.The site must have had a strange effect on Sultan Yusuf Sharifuddin Mudzaffar Shah of Perak who ruled from 1877 to 1887. Unlike many rulers who protected their royal palaces and strongholds by selecting their vantage points carefully where they could detect enemy approach from afar, the Sultan had his first royal palace built beside the riverbank. He then named it ‘Istana Sri Sayong’.

One flooding was so severe, it almost swept the palace away. Finally, after the Big Flood or Air Bah in 1926, it was decided to move the place further up onto the knoll where stands the current Royal Palace named Istana Iskandariah with its Art-Deco architecture, a rare but significant piece of architectural milestone in Malaysia.

The Sultan of Perak officially resides in Kuala Kangsar, and it has been Perak’s royal seat since the 18th century. It is one of four towns that plays a role in Perak’s complex succession system. It was the administrative seat of the first British Resident in the Malay Peninsula, James W. W. Birch, from October 1874 until he was murdered on 2 November 1875. It was the capital of Perak until 1876.

Kuala Kangsar is also known in Malaysian history as the site where the first Conference of Rulers, the Durbar, was held in 1897. By the 1890s, the growth of the tin mining towns of Ipoh and Taiping had eclipsed Kuala Kangsar, but it remains to this day one of the most attractive of the Malay royal capitals. The town is also the site of the first rubber tree planted in Malaysia. The person responsible was the English botanist Henry Nicholas Ridley. He was the one who helped Malaya and eventually Malaysia become the largest rubber producer in the world. The tree still stands today. The first Malaysian scout troop was established in Kuala Kangsar. Consequently, its squad number is 001.

Geography

Kuala Kangsar is not only a town, but also an administrative district. Kuala Kangsar share its borders with Larut, Matang and Selama at the west, Gua Musang, Kelantan at the north, Kinta at the east, Perak Tengah at the south and Manjung at the southwest.

Administrative divisions

Kuala Kangsar District is divided into 9 mukims, which are:

  • Chegar Galah
  • Kampung Buaia
  • Kota Lama Kanan
  • Kota Lama Kiri
  • Lubuk Merbau
  • Pulau Kamiri
  • Sayong
  • Senggang
  • Sungai Siput

Education

  • Madrasah Idrisiah Kuala Kangsar (MADID)
  • Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK)
  • Clifford Secondary School (Sekolah Menengah Clifford)

Transportation

Two bridges now connect Kuala Kangsar to Sayong. Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge is made out of concrete and is located near the town while Sultan Iskandar Bridge is farther upstream and is made out of steel. Kuala Kangsar is easily accessible via the North–South Expressway and by train.

6 Travel Tips in Malaysia (For Your Own Safety!)

Travel tips in Malaysia for safety

Danger lurks everywhere, even more so when you’re travelling in a foreign country. While we, the people and the authorities here in Malaysia, tries our best to ensure the safety and satisfaction of all, there’s no denying that trouble can still hit you when you least expect it. So, here are a few travel tips that you can follow to ensure that your trip here is safe, fun and trouble free!

Travel Insurance

During any holiday, you are bound to face some unfortunate situations that can range from medical emergencies, accidents, the lost of belongings or worse, travel documents.

Situations like these can cause pain, the lost of time and money, and not to mention a ruined holiday. A lot of us take these kinds of risk because we hope for the best when we leave for a holiday. We’ve ent on many holidays before, surely this one would also end with no problems what so ever.

No one can predict such situations. Never the less, we can lighten their impact by providing cover for ourselves and family in advance by purchasing travel insurance. If you’ve never bought travel insurance before, we advice you to consider it on your next holiday.

Here are some tips to help you with purchasing travel insurance.

Types of Coverage

If you’re planning on buying travel insurance and are not sure on what contingencies, here are some general ideas:

  • Personal Accidents
  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Luggage & Personal Belongings, money and valuables
  • Loss of  Passport/Travel Documents
  • Baggage Delay
  • Travel Delay/cancellation
  • Missed Departure

It is advisable for you to check out the exact details with your preferred travel insurance agents to get a complete picture.

Cost

A question that many would be vacationers will surely have! How much do you have to pay for travel insurance coverage?

The answer is that it depends on what kind of coverage you need. You can get insurance for a one-way journey, for return trips or if you’re a frequent traveller. You can even choose for an annual insurance policy which could save you a lot of money.Once you’ve gotten yourself a travel insurance, here are a few tips to help you decide which travel insurance to buy.

Complete Details

Do not leave out anything important when you’re filling up the application form. These would include booking details, invoice numbers and so on and so forth. Get assistance from your travel agent to help you through the process.

Read Carefully

Read the policy agreement carefully and take note of what kind of coverage is excluded. Then, consider the exclusion carefully and decide whether you really need it or not. The point is that you have to read the agreement very carefully so that you don’t miss out anything important and get a travel insurance that would cover and fulfills all your needs. With the proper insurance coverage, you can go for your holiday with peace of mind.

 

Taxi Safety

Taxis are a convenient mode of transport for many travellers. Even more so when on vacation, wouldn’t it be better if a taxi were to transport you to an unknown location in the shortest time possible? But then, there is a downside. Especially when it comes to personal safety, fares and safety of personal belongings. With that in mind, here are some taxi safety and general tips to help you travel without a hitch.

Choose Your  Route

Clearly  inform the taxi driver of your preferred route, naturally the cabby would normally use the route he’s familiar with. If you suspect that the driver is purposely using a longer route, do not argue with him. Instead, once you get to your destination, request for the fare receipt and lodge a complaint with the taxi service company or operator for further action.

Foreign Currency

If you don’t have Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) on you, make sure to inform the taxi driver in advance. This way, he/she can bring you to a money changer where you can exchange your cash to the local currency on the way to your destination. Most taxi drivers would be glad to help.

Request Receipt

Remember to always request a fare receipt at the end of your trip and keep it in case you need it for future reference. Your Right to Ride Solo. If you feel uncomfortable riding with strangers, you have the right to reject the driver’s request to pick up passengers along the way.

Book Direct

We encourage you to always book a cab via the taxi call center or their mobile app. You will have to pay an extra RM2 for this service but it almost often ensures that the driver uses the taxi meter.  Also, you will get all the booking information –  the driver’s name, taxi plate number and the driver’s contact number. This way, you can double check the taxi plate number before boarding  it.

Check Your Belongings

Always check the belongings you have with you before boarding the taxi. Don’t bet on recovering your items from the taxi operator’s office unless you’re lucky enough to get an honest driver. If you find that your lost item is lodged at the taxi operator’s office, prepare to pay for the cost of transporting them to your preferred address. Otherwise, you would have to collect them in person.

Meter Usage

Make sure that the cabby uses the taxi fare meter. If the driver refuses to use the meter (unless otherwise agreed to by the passenger), do not argue with the cabby.  Make the payment and get a receipt (or any proof of payment). Let the taxi operator know after your trip for further action.

Confirm Driver’s Identity

Check whether your driver resembles the photo in the driver identification card displayed on the dashboard and whether the taxi number matches the one stated therein. If it doesn’t, just step out and wait for another taxi. We hope these taxi tips would come in handy the next time you decided to take a taxi ride. We wish your next taxi ride a safe and pleasant one.

Alternative

Alternative to taxi, you can use Grab, a ride-hailing service here in Malaysia. Download the app on your mobile phone and you’re good to go.

 

Entry Formalities

Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of valid passport/travel documents with a minimum validity of six months beyond the period of intended stay. In the case of a national passport not recognised by the Malaysian Government, the holder must be in possession of a document in lieu of passport obtainable at the nearest Malaysian Mission abroad. The national passport must also ensure his re-entry into the country of his citizenship.

Every visitor to Malaysia has to fill in a Disembarkation Card (IMM. 26). The card has to be handed over to the Immigration Officer on arrival together with the national passport or other internationally recognized travel document endorsed for travel into Malaysia. A passport/travel document is also necessary for travel between Sabah and Sarawak.

Visitor passes issued for entry into Peninsular Malaysia are not valid for entry into Sarawak. Fresh visit passes must be obtained on arrival at the point of entry in Sarawak. However, subject to conditions stipulated, visit passes issued by the Immigration Authorities in Sabah and Sarawak are valid for any part of Malaysia.

Visa Requirements

  • Commonwealth Citizens (except Bangladesh/India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), British Protected Persons or Citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Citizens of Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to enter Malaysia.
  • Citizens of Albania, Austria, Algeria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Republic of Slovakia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Italy, United States of America, Bahrin, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, North Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia,Qatar United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Tunisia do not require a visa for a Social and Business visit not exceeding three months.
  • Nationals of ASEAN Countries do not require a visa for a Social and Business visit not exceeding one month.
  • Citizens of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, South Yemen do not require visa for a Social and Business visit not exceeding 14 days.
  • Citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and Russia do not require a visa for a Social and Business visit not exceeding one week.
  • Nationals of the Republic of China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Nepal, Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam and all Certificate of Identity (CI) holders must obtain a visa before entering Malaysia.
  • Citizens of nations other than those stated above (except Serbia Montenegro and Israel) are allowed to enter Malaysia for a Social and Business visit not exceeding one month without having a Visa.
  • A visitor intending to visit any part of Malaysia is required to be in possession of only one visa to travel direct from one part of the nation to another.
  • Visas are issued by Malaysian Diplomatic Missions abroad or British Consulates which act for Malaysia in countries where no diplomatic representation of Malaysia is established. All visitors to Malaysia should inquire at the nearest Malaysian Diplomatic.

 

Tourist Police

Lost your way? Need help? Look for a tourist police officer. Tourist police officers can be recognized by their checkered hat bands, dark blue shirts and trousers, and the letter “I” (for information) on a red and blue badge on their chest pocket.

 

Holidays in Malaysia

Public Holidays

With its multi-ethnic population, it is not surprising that almost every month sees a different festival. Some of these are declared as Public Holidays. As festivals vary from year to year, it is best to check the dates with the nearest Tourism Malaysia Office before you plan your trip.

School Holidays

There are five term breaks in the year for schools throughout Malaysia. The term breaks vary slightly from state to state. However, they fall roughly during the later part of the months of January (1 week), March (2 week), May (3 weeks), August (1 week), October (4 weeks).

 

Additional information

Water

It is generally safe to drink water straight from the tap. Bottled mineral water, however, is easily available in shops and supermarkets.

Electrical Supply

Electric supply is on a 240-volt 50-cycle system.

Newspapers

English Language newspapers are available i.e. The New Straits Times, The Star, Business Times, Malay Mail, Daily Express, Sabah Daily News and Sarawak Tribune. International newspapers can be obtained at most bookshops and newsstands. Several dailies in other languages include Utusan Melayu, Berita Harian, Nanyang Siang Pan, Sin Chew Wit Poh and Tamil Nesan. There are also weeklies, such as the Leader and Straits Shipper.

Radio

Radio services are in Bahasa Melayu, English, Chinese, and Tamil.

Television

There are 4 television stations with TV 1 and TV 2 being government networks while the other two are privately run.

Health Services

In the event you need medical care, there are private clinics in most towns. It is a good idea to take out a medical insurance before you travel as Malaysia does not have reciprocal health service agreements with other nations. For over-the-counter prescriptions, there are pharmacies and ‘Chinese medical halls’.

Health Regulations

No vaccination is required for cholera and smallpox.

Climate

With a temperature that fluctuates little throughout the year, travel in Malaysia is a pleasure. Average temperature is between 21 C and 32 C. Humidity is high. Rain tends to occur between November to February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak, and north-eastern Sabah. On the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia the rainy season is April to May and October to November.

Clothing

As Malaysia’s climate is sunny almost year round, light clothing is ideal. It is advisable for ladies, when entering mosques and temples, to wear long sleeves and loose pants or long skirts.

Time

Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time.

Etiquette

To avoid “cultural offenses,” here are some tips:

  • Remove shoes when entering homes and places of worship.
  • Dress neatly in a suitable attire which covers arms and legs when visiting places of worship.
  • Handle food with your right hand.
  • Do not point your foot at someone.
  • When giving or receiving money gifts to/from a Malaysian, do so with your right hand.