Malaysia is an attractive destination and considered a quite safe country for tourists in Southeast Asia. However, because most of Malaysians are Muslims, their etiquette may be very different from the other countries so travelers should consider carefully before visiting this country to avoid the unexpected troubles. To help you have the safe trip, here are some tips you have to notice while traveling Kuala Lumpur.
Say no to local restaurants
For some visitors, the local restaurants are always crowded and noisy but the others say that enjoying the specialties at one of local restaurants even street vendors is an interesting experience not to be missed. Moreover, the price in the local restaurants is certainly much cheaper than luxurious restaurants in the hotels or shopping centers. So eating in a local restaurant is not a bad ideal, especially the eateries in Chinatown area, where you can find all kinds odd authentic Malaysian food such as Nasi Lemark, fried noodles, grilled meat,…
Kiss or express excessive emotions in public
In Muslim countries, kissing or showing excessive emotions in public is considered rude. When traveling to Malaysia, you may be surprised because of the prohibit kissing or hugging signs on the bus, train or taxi.
Be careful when taking a taxi in Malaysia
Although taxi is the most convenient way to travel in this country, Malaysia is always listed in the list of the countries having the worst taxi service in the world. The drivers usually do not use meters so visitors may have to pay a higher price than normal. Therefore, you need to find out the price for each route you are going to go and if they charge you too much, you should always pay attention to the meter. One advice for you is that you should pick taxi with the older Chinese drivers than Indian drivers.
- Malay Muslims often do not like to communicate with the opposite sex so do not shake hands with them without permission. You can greet the others by a nod with smile.
- Do not touch the head or give anything over the head because according to Malaysians, the head is the most noble part on the body and should be respected.
- You are not allowed to touch the monks, especially women.
- When visiting a local house, remember to dress politely and bring candies as a gift for their children.
Visitors have to dress appropriately and take shoes off before entering the temples, Hindu temples and the famous Batu caves. When sitting, do not point your feet toward the opposite person or Buddha statues.
Most of local people wear long pants, long skirts and covered shoulder dress so when traveling to this country, you can wear a comfortable but polite dress. Do not wear shorts, skirts or tank top when visiting sacred place.
Leave the hotel without umbrella
The rainy season in Kuala Lumpur usually starts in October and lasts in March next year. The weather will be more erratic at that time so always brings an umbrella or raincoat to cope with the sudden rains if you do not want your trip to be delayed.
An indispensable item when traveling Malaysia is tissues. It sound funny but it will be very useful because most of eateries and public toilets in Malaysia often do not offer tissues.
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