Malaysia, my home! The country is split east and west, island and peninsula, giving it plenty of opportunities to become a bucket-list destination. Its few cities are becoming trendier by the year, while its nature remains beautiful and rustic. The culture is a melting pot of various races, coupled with a deep history in civilization that made the society who they are today. Not only that, the food scene is one of many praises in the world.
I may be biased with my patriotism, but there is a reason for it. While I haven’t travelled to all four corners of the country, I have seen plenty that showed me that nothing is better than my own home. Life is simple here, and with life becoming increasingly stressful, Malaysia reminds me to take a pause and enjoy what nature has to offer.
Expenses in Malaysia can be cheap. From accommodation to food to transport, you will most of the time find yourself getting a bang for your bucks. However, it is worth to note that international brands can be expensive as they price match with the neighbouring Singapore. Instead, there are plenty of local brands that you can choose to shop at lower cost.
Malaysia is relatively unsafe for all travellers. Although violent crimes are mainly among gang members, bag snatching and pickpockets are prevalent. It is discouraged to walk alone in deserted places in the evenings. Be careful when crossing roads as traffic does not often follow rules. Taxi scams are also common, so use a ride-hailing app like Grab instead. Overall, common sense is the best way to go.
You’re in a tropical country with lots of sun and nature. With that, you may only have to bring along light clothes, sunscreen, and insect repellent if you intend to be out of the city. If you're scaling the tallest mountain in Malaysia, you will need warmer clothes for the summit.
As of May 2022, fully vaccinated travellers and those who recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days will not need pre-departure or on-arrival tests. They also do not need insurance or quarantine. A digital travellers card must be submitted through the contact tracing app MySejahtera. Most restrictions have been lifted with masks only required indoors. For more information, I use Safety Wing's Borderless.