1. Capital city
The capital city of Malaysia would be Kuala Lumpur, also called KL by the local citizen. This beautiful metropolis is characterized by old buildings and on the opposite tall skyscrapers, which create an awesome view all around KL.
2. Time difference
Flying from Amsterdam to Malaysia takes about 12 hours. The time difference is 7 hours, in the summer this is actually 6 hours.
Malaria hasn’t been detected for years now on the Island of Malaysia. However in some parts of Borneo it’s still possible to catch this mean disease. Always let you inform from the Area Health Authority (GGD) to understand the risks. Dengue is however still common so definitely bring some mosquito spray with DEET in it.
4. Main citizens
Malaysia has three major citizen groups namely: Malay, Chinese and Indians. The minority groups consist of Orang Asli, sikhs and Eurasians. The country has over 30 million inhabitants whose most of them live in the Western peninsula.
Malaysia doesn’t has seasons like most countries are used to. During the year the temperature almost don’t fluctuate. The temperatures vary from 20°C in the higher situated areas to 32°C in the rest of the country. The humidity is always very high because Malaysia has a tropical environment. Malaysia also has to endure rain season, which can cause some trouble travelling in certain parts of the country.
For some reason Western people believe they can’t buy Internet in Malaysia. Let me help to clear that situation. It is of course possible to get Internet in Malaysia. Just go to an Malaysian internet service provider and they will gladly help you. The connection will be the same as your home broadband internet, so don’t worry. I even got one month free broadband when I just got here.
7. Driving left
Malaysia was a former colony of England and you can still see the influences of the Englishman. A lot of Malaysian people can speak English very well. In fact they belong to the top English speaking countries around the world. The other thing is that they drive on the left side of the road, just like the English.
8. Official language
The official language in the county is called Bahasa Malaysia but most of the locals can speak English very well due to the English influences during the 19th century.