You can pre-book a transfer on arrival and also extra nights (pre and post tour). These items can all be added to your booking form.
UK/EU citizens do not need a visa for Malaysia, but these things can change so please click here and check out the current situation. You can also check on that website if a visa is required for any other nationality. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure so you do not run out of time.
If you need a visa, please contact the nearest embassy unless you choose to use a visa service. Shoestring does not organize your visa. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. You can also obtain the visa through a specialized visa agency like http://www.travcour.com/.
The international access code for Malaysia is +60. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)3 for Kuala Lampur, (0)4 for Penang. International Direct Dial is available throughout the country but the service can be erratic. Hotels can add a hefty surcharge to their telephone bills; it is best to check before making international calls. Coin and card-operated public phones are widespread and phone cards can be purchased at the airport, petrol stations and newsagents. Cards are not transferable between phone companies: Uniphone and Telekom phone boxes are the most common. Mobile networks cover most of the country; the local mobile phone operators use GSM networks, which are compatible with most international phones. Internet cafes are widely available in tourist areas.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller (same sex when possible) unless you have booked a single room.
Malaysia is a relatively safe country to visit and the people are friendly and honest. However, you should still keep an eye on your possessions. Always keep your passport, money and other important documents in a money belt worn under your clothes or leave them in the hotel safe. Never leave valuable items unattended on the beach.
If you are interested in what the Foreign Office has to say, please click here.
As the Islamic calendar is based on the position of the moon, the annual festivals are on a different day every year according to our calendar. In 2014, the Festival of Sacrifice falls on 4th October and lasts for three days. Ramadan (the month of fasting) can cause inconvenience for visitors, as many restaurants are closed during the fasting hours and eating, drinking or smoking in public is not appreciated by the Muslim population. Chinatown, however, stays open. Muslim hosts will still cater for visitors, although be discreet and don’t eat in front of them. In 2014, Ramadan begins on 28th June and runs until 27th July. Eid Al-Fitr, the breakfast festival following Ramadan, begins on 28th July.
Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in Malaysia. You could consider taking a universal electric adaptor.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference between Malaysia and your home country.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.