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MALAYSIA - THE GUIDE
 
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About Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
Cameron Highlands
Pulau Perhentian (Besar)
Pulau Lang Tengga

 
ABOUT MALAYSIA

Population: 21.8 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Major languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam
Major religions: Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism
Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 74 years (women)
Monetary unit: 1 ringgit (RM) = 100 sen
Main exports: Electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, chemicals, palm oil, wood and wood products, rubber, textiles
Average annual income: US $3,380
Internet domain: .my
International dialling code: +60
 
Malaysia is a very pleasant place to live in. People are so nice and friendly, and you can enjoy all the modernity, at a very reasonable price.
Around 45% of Malays (Muslim), 45% of Chinese and 10% of Indians.
Take the taxi to move around (very unexpensive)
Currency: Ringgit RM online currency converter by Oanda
Weather: 2 'seasons' online weather in Malaysia by Yahoo
All year long : temperatures between 23C and 34C, relative humidity 80 to 90%
- October to March : rainy season (with heavy but short rains)
- April to September : dry season (no rain but still very humid)
Appartment : in Kuala Lumpur:
- apartments : between RM1,000 and RM5,000
- house : between RM4,000 and RM10,000
(much cheaper outside KL)
Electricity : around RM130/month
Water and gaz : very cheap
Internet 56k : around RM20/month subscription (with Jaring or TmNet)
Bills payment : go to the Post Office (for phone, mobile and electricity)
Bank account : Maybank is fine
DON'T drink water tap, buy mineral water
Foreigner : 'Matsale'
Advice when you buy : bargain systematically, try what you buy and check the guaranty
English spoken almost everywhere in KL
Salaries: examples
- local average : RM1,500/month
- teacher: around RM2,000/month
- senior lecturer : around RM4,000/month
- CSNE / VIE : around FF12,000/month
Income Tax: around 15% of your income
Retirement scheme: EPF, not compulsory but very advisable
 
KUALA LUMPUR

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Where to buy ?

SUNGAI WANG (shopping center)
Jalan Imbi
What to buy: cameras, video, consoles ...

PLAZA IMBI (computer shopping center)
Jalan Imbi
What to buy : computer stuff, hardware, software, ...

CENTRAL MARKET
What to buy: handicraft, souvenirs, jade, gold, ...

PETALING STREET (CHINATOWN)
Petaling Street
What to buy: all kind of copies ...

KLCC (Petrona Twin Towers)
What to do : shopping, cinemas...

MID-VALLEY MEGAMALL
What to buy: food (supermarket Carrefour), cinemas ...

SUNWAY PYRAMID (shopping center)
What to do : shopping, cinemas...

JALAN BUKIT BINTANG
Many shops and shopping malls. The Malaysian 'Champs Elysees'

Where to eat ?

Mango Tree

Where to go out ?

BANGSAR (BARU) district
Nice place to hang out.
many bars, restaurants , ... (more expats than local people overthere)

There is a district around the Hard Rock Cafe, on the Jalan Sultan Ismail (intersection with Jalan P. Ramlee) with many brand new discos and bars:


HARD ROCK CAFE
Concorde Hotel

EL NINO
Bar-Disco

MODESTO KL
Bar-Restaurant-Disco

EMPORIUM
Disco

and many more ...

Where stay (long term) ?

LE CHATEAU CONDOMINIUM (Le Chateau Kelab)
32, Lorong Syed Putra Kiri
50460 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3 273 12 17
Fax : +60 3 273 11 20
Cheap, big and quiet, 100 m2 appartment around (RM1300/month), a little bit old.
RM 1,200 / month for almost 100m2 (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
(recommended by Philippe, this is where I stayed)

VILLA PUTRA
around 2,500 / month

 
CAMERON HIGHLANDS
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4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur

What to do ?

Take fresh air ! Temperature is around 25C.
Visit the tea plantations and the flowers and strawberry farms.

 
PULAU PERHENTIAN (Besar)
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The best destination in Malaysia in my opinion.
IMPORTANT NOTE : inaccessible during the rainy season between mid-November and beginning of March !!
Take a plane to Kota Baru, then take a taxi to Kuala Besut (1h)
1h30 by boat from Kuala Besut.
Go to the BIG island (Besar).

Where to stay ?

MAMA'S PLACE
Pulau Perhentian Besar,
22300 Besut, Terengganu
Tel: 010 98 40 232
Fax: 010 98 13 359
Cheap, but without AC

CORAL