👥 Population: 32.7 million
🌍 Region: Asia
🗣 Languages: Malay, English
🚙 Drive on the: Right
💵 Currency: Ringgit, MYR, RM
☎️ Calling Code: +60
Malaysia is a geographically diverse country in south east Asia. It is split into two main bodies of land and features a modern, developed economy, lush jungles, beaches, and modern cities. Its people are multi-ethnic with Malaysians mainly consisting of Malays, Chinese, and Indians.
🌱 Malaysia has more than 1,000 species of plants that have medicinal properties.
💀 Many buildings in Malaysia don't have a 4th floor, since it sounds like the Chines word for death.
👑 Malaysia has 9 royal families.
Depending on your country of origin you may stay in Malaysia visa free for either 90, 30, or 14 days.
If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 30 days.
Malaysia has a visa specifically designed to attract startups called the "Malaysia Tech Entrepreneur Programme". We've covered the details of it in our resource for Startup visas around the world, which you can access here.
There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Malaysia but you do have to declare anything over the value of $10,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.
You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Malaysia by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.
Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.
You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.
There are 3 main mobile network providers:
Maxis has the greatest network coverage and fastest speeds including 5G, so is recommended for most people. You can find SIM cards in official as well as many unofficial stores around the country. Just look out for the "Hotlink" logo, which is the prepaid brand of Maxis.
As of July 2021, unlimited data will cost you RM30 per month.