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Flight Time to Malaysia from the UK
Approx 14 hours from London to Kuala Lumpur
The two distinct parts of Malaysia, separated from each other by the South China Sea, share a largely similar landscape in that both West and East Malaysia feature coastal plains rising to often densely forested hills and mountains, the highest of which is Mount Kinabalu at 4,095.2 metres (13,435.7 ft) on the island of Borneo. The local climate is equatorial and characterised by the annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons.
Tanjung Piai, located in the southern state of Johor, is the southernmost tip of continental Asia - if Singapore, an island connected to the continent by a man-made causeway, is excluded.
The Strait of Malacca, lying between Sumatra and West Malaysia, is arguably the most important shipping lane in the world.
Putrajaya is the newly created administrative capital for the federal government of Malaysia, aimed in part to ease growing congestion within Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur. The prime minister's office moved in 1999 and the move is expected to be completed in 2005. Kuala Lumpur remains the seat of parliament, as well as the commercial and financial capital of the country. Other major cities include George Town, Ipoh, Johor Bahru and Kuching.
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Malaysia has to be one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in Southeast Asia. A hypnotic corner of the Far East offering everything a traveller could wish for. Kuala Lumpur showcases one of the world's tallest buildings rising high above the skyscrapers and dynamic city life below. Malaysian jungle landscapes, colonial architecture and unspoilt tropical beaches complete this captivating destination.
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Malaysia is the rising star of South-East Asian tourism, a nation looking to the future while cherishing the ways of the past. Centuries of trade have resulted in a vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribal cultures, creating a veritable melting pot of peoples, traditions and religions.
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Between the pavement cracks of corporate, cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur, the jungle slithers and slides. The capital that boasts the tallest building in the world, the Petronas Tower, was, just over a century ago, a shanty town of prospectors' huts on a muddy riverbank.
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Public Holidays in Malaysia
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 2 - Special Day in Lieu for Raya Haji
January 20 - Islamic New Year
February 18 - Chinese New Year
March 31 - The Prophet's Birthday
May 1 - Labour Day
May 2 - Wesak (Buddha Day)
June 2 - The King's Birthday
August 31 - National Day
October 13 - Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)
November 9 - Deepavali
December 20 - Hari Raya Qurban (Feast of Sacrifice)
December 25 - Christmas Day
Visa Requirements for Malaysia
Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK nationals require a passport, but do not require a visa, irrespective of the endorsement in the passport with regard to national status, providing the stay does not exceed three months and is for touristic purposes.
Never bring any recreational drugs into Malaysia, even if you are only there for transit. Possession and/or trafficking of even minute amounts can lead to a mandatory death sentence.
Crime levels are relatively low in Malaysia, but common sense precautions should be observed. Pickpockets and snatch-and-run thieves ply their trade in Kuala Lumpur and large cities, and the security of cheaper accommodations may have room for improvement.
Vehicles will not stop at pedestrian/zebra crossings. Seeing that this will not change, the problem is overcome by building pedestrian bridges and installing pedestrian traffic lights.
Drunk driving is a serious offence and breathalyser tests by the police are common.
Travel documents and valuables are best deposited in a hotel safe or carried safely with you, as there is a potential of theft from hotel rooms while guests are away.
Women travelling alone should be wary of opening their room doors to strangers. In such situations, common sense judgement should prevail.
If using a taxi after midnight or before dawn, it is best to use the dial-a-taxi service as there have been incidents where taxis flagged down during those hours being fake/unregistered. The unregistered taxi driver might then rob or assault their victims with the help of assailants.
Do not accept drinks from strangers in any pub or club as there is a risk they might be spiked.
Credit card fraud can be a problem, so use plastic only at large, reputable retailers, and do not let your card out of sight.
Public demonstrations are almost unheard of in Malaysia - should any occur, they may be treated with heavy-handed tactics, so avoid them at all costs.
WARNING: Indonesians (they look like Malays) around Kuala Lumpur cheat tourists frequently by selling fake products (like Rolex, etc.). STAY AWAY FROM THESE CHEATERS. THEY WILL FOLLOW YOU. Also, be careful with taxi drivers because some charge an unusually high fees when it comes to foreigners.