BAGS, CLOTHES, SHOES AND DOCUMENTS
- Pick clothes suitable for the hot weather and
remember an umbrella. Its summer all year round
in Singapore and Malaysia - Hot in the daytime
(temperature about 30degC) and cooler at night (25deg.C). For informal
wear, tee shirts are commonly worn. You may need only a light cardigan and
the coldest places are usually at some hotels!, and the highland areas.
Temperature may fall to below 15deg.C on some highland areas. When it rains it pours!
literally - rain can be very heavy, but usually lasts a short period. Malaysian will only carry
an umbrella rather than wear a rain coat.
- Malaysians are generally very casual dressers. Its OK
to dress in your finest in posh restaurants but many Malaysians dress
casually when dining, unless it is a special function. Ladies should avoid wearing low
cut tops or short skirts or shorts when travelling in the countryside or
- Try not to put on a beach wear which exposes to much of
your body, if you go to the public beaches, especially in Malaysia. Its OK to put on your bikini
if you are swimming in hotel pools or stretches of beaches facing
- In Malaysia, remember Malaysia is a Muslim country. Be
more conservative in what you wear when you travel outside Kuala Lumpur,
especially in the countryside and small towns. Ladies should avoid low
cut tops and exposing too much of their bodies.
- Sandals or sports shoes are common for informal wear.
Court shoes are good if you need to dress formally. Slippers are OK but
may not allow you into some posh places or some government departments.
- Walking or sports shoes are best if you are going
outside the city, sightseeing or hiking.
Where you keep your money and important documents
- A hidden pocket in your clothes may be the best option.
To carry a bag, it is safer to wear a pouch bag or carry a handbag that
hangs in front of you. Though Malaysian carry all sorts of gear, if you
look like a tourist, you tend to draw attention. Snatch thieves and
pickpockets are not uncommon in urban areas.
Other bags and luggage
- A haversack or backpack is good if you want to travel
light. Big luggage bags with wheels are only good if you move only from
the airport/station to your hotel. But if you travel by express bus
(intercity buses), a small luggage bag with wheels is OK, as there are
storage compartment available.
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- Always take
your essential medication and prescriptions along, it many not be easily
accessible outside the cities in Malaysia. If you need medication, there
are doctor clinics, western pharmacies and Chinese
facilities in Malaysia and Singapore