Malaysia Information Dossier
Location:Malaysia is a prominent country in Southeast Asia. It is separated by South China Sea into two parts - Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (which is also at times referred to as Malaysian Borneo). The two parts are so distinctly separate that it may give illusion of being two separate countries. Peninsular Malaysia has borders with Thailand and Singapore, while East Malaysia has borders with Borneo and Indonesia.
Currency: Malaysia Ringgit (RM)
$1 = RM4.16
RM1 = Rs16.2 (Indian Rupee)
Cuisine: Malaysia is home to people from Chinese, Malay, and Indian communities. Malaysia also attracts a people from other southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Korea, and Philippines. Malaysian cuisine reflects all these. You can eat authentic Chinese food at a restaurant close to the one selling authentic South Indian dishes. Lots of Europeans have also started settling in Malaysia, particularly post retirement. They are bringing in their own cooking styles and adding new elements to an already diverse Malaysian cuisine culture.
Climate: Malaysia is hot and humid throughout the year. Daytime temperatures rise above 30°C year-round and night-time temperatures rarely drop below 20°C.
Malaysia faces two monsoon winds seasons, the Southwest Monsoon from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from October to March. On the west coast, the wettest months are May to October, while on the east coast; the wettest months are September to December. Kuala Lumpur is wettest from March to April and September to November, while Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia) sees its heaviest rainfall between November and February.
The Northeast Monsoon brings in more rainfall compared to the Southwest Monsoon. Average rainfall is 250 centimeters a year.
Things to See: Malaysia is practically divided into two halves by the South China Sea, and each of these boast of its own reasons for visiting them. Peninsula Malaysia is all modern and chic. There are bustling cities, colonial architecture, misty tea plantations, rain forests and chill-out islands. Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia), on the other hand, has wild jungles with big granite peaks. It boasts of the rare orangutans, and also some most beautiful and spectacular diving sites. East Malaysia is also home to some remote tribes.
Visa: Indian Nationals can apply for a visa for Malaysia from High Commission or any of the respective Consulate General offices. Passport validity of the applicants should be more than six month upon arrival in Malaysia and passport must have three blank pages. Applicants willing to travel to Malaysia need to apply for visa within one month from the date of travel.
Indian nationals arriving from Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia are eligible for Visa on Arrival, provided they have:
• Valid visa from third country
• Confirmed return ticket
• In possession of at least $1000 cash money as show money.
Visitors getting visa on Arrival can stay in Malaysia for up to seven days. Visa on Arrival fee as of now is $100 (RM330.00).
Flights: There are direct flights for Kuala Lumpur from all major Indian International Airports. There are flights available via Bangkok and Singapore too.