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Kuala Lumpur  Johor Baru

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Malaysia
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    Travel Warning: Don't Go to Eastern Sabah. The islands and coastal areas of Eastern Sabah are considered very dangerous for foreigners, who are at high risk of being kidnapped by terrorist groups.Severity: High-level alert


  • Malaysia is a huge country. I have mainly spent my time in Pasir Gudang, down in the south (Johor), But naturally, I did visit some towns, like Mersing, JB (Johor Baru), Malacca, Kota Tinggi, Desaru (a holiday resort) and a few more. And naturally, there is KL, or Kuala Lumpur (Note: Malaysians never talk about Kuala Lumpur or Johor Baru. It's always KL or JB). The climate is tropical, but from the south upwards to about Kuala Lumpur, there is no need for Malaria protection. There is much rain, usually at about 1600 hours, with torrential downpours and thunder. At least during the four months that I was there.Together with a temperature of about 30-35 centigrade and between 70 and 95% relative humidity, this results in mighty jungles (rain forests). Population KL: 1.2 million.

  • Money: Ringgit (RM)
  • Voltage 230/240 Volts, 50 Hz
  • Time compared to GMT: +8
  • Religion: mainly Islam, but very tolerant. The rest: Christians, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Sikhism.

  • Call to Holland: 00731 -
  • Health & Visa There is a possibility of Malaria. Check your health center. Visa are not required for the Netherlands, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, the Commonwealth (except India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). All others need visa.

  • Activities and tips For KL: Batu caves, tin mines in Ampang. See the rubber plantations on the road to the National Zoo. Make a day trip to Malacca and Cameron Highlands. Malacca used to be a Dutch colony. There are still many Dutch houses (Stadhuys) and Dutch graves, a Church and even a make believe windmill! The locals painted many of their houses in the same red colour as the original Dutch buildings. Visit China Town (Always haggle for prices!!), gardens at Lake Tasik Perdana. Eat in restaurants at Chow Kit Market. Shopping, amongst others in the Golden Triangle (Jalan Sultan Ismail en Jalan Bukit Bintang). As for Johor Baru: you will probably not come this far down, but there's Mac Donalds, large shopping centers next to it and eating is no problem. Try the Satay and Nasi Goreng with all the frills, Gado Gado, etc. The spring rolls are something else. If you can afford it, stay at Desaru with its golf courses and beautiful beaches for a few days (on the south east coast). There are two hotels there. One is more for the local tourists, the other is slightly more luxurious and is frequented more by the foreigners. Take a boat trip in Mersing to the islands, Stay there if you like. The language spoken by the Malay is mostly English, also among themselves. I drove my own car, but even after 4 months, I would not drive during the night time: The locals have a nasty habit of walking on the road, even on the highway. No lights off course. And if you hit them, keep on driving to the nearest police office. Don't stop. His mates in the desa will probably want to revenge him. Which means: kill you! And always have some extra money with you. The police might stop you for a small traffic offence and will ask you a certain sum of money (either the station is too far away to go to, or whatever). The idea is that they put it in their own pocket. But you DON'T know that, if you know what I mean! Mind you, they stay nice and friendly! If you need new clothes: buy the material you want (plenty shops in the larger shopping centers), then go to a tailor somewhere (plenty of those around as well!), give him a piece of clothing you want duplicated and in a day or so it'll be finished perfectly. I always made sure there were no holes in the example piece. I'm sure they'll make such a perfect copy, that the new piece will also show the hole!!! Off course I'm kidding. Check the butterfly farm near Malacca. It is unbelievable. The coast trip from JB to Malacca is worth taking, just because of the sights.

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