Step into the real heart of Malaysia. You would be pleasantly surprised at the warmth of Malaysians. Malaysians enjoy meeting people from other lands. So, do go right ahead and strike up a conversation. After all, the whole point of traveling is to know other cultures. When greeting a Muslim, offer your right hand then bring it towards you, fingertips lightly touching your heart. This is the traditional Salam or 'greeting of acceptance'. Hindus greet with a Namaste (in Hindi) or Vanakam (Tamil). Both palms are brought together as in prayer at mid-chest level. With a Chinese, you may shake hands. If you are really unsure about all the different forms of greetings, just smile and nod your head slightly when introduced.
Things To Bring Along
If you intend to stay in budget accommodation, do include cotton sheets sleeping bag, money belt, padlock (pack), soap, student card, toilet paper, towel travel wash.
Passport / Travel Document
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.
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.
There are four 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 March (1 week), May (2 weeks), August (1 week), November (7 weeks).* Take note that in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, Term Break commences a day earlier.
Malaysia has a well developed internal transportation infrastructure enabling travel within the country to be convenient, speedy and relatively inexpensive. All major towns have road, rail and air links and there is a good public transportation system which includes rental cars, taxis, buses, a Light Rail Transit (LRT) System in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur which links to the adjoining Klang Valley district. Another rail service known as KTM Commuter connects surburban or adjoining districts with Kuala Lumpur.