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Learn the Basics About Getting Around, Holidays, Money and Tourism in Malaysia


Tourism in Malaysia is a tantalizing dilemma. There are plenty of places for an ecotourism holiday and lots of road trip ideas to choose from.

Where do you travel to on your next nature tourism in Malaysia holiday? Let me provide you with some teasers?

  • Get your binoculars and guidebook out and head for highlands for some cool birdwatching.
  • Trek in rainforest habitat ... in the jungles of remote parks or just outside the city limits.
  • Wild whitewater kayaking or rafting rides put you in the middle of the action on Malaysia's rivers.
  • Watch turtle hatchlings run to the sea, raptors riding the high currents or the antics of white-handed gibbons.

Ok, sometimes words don't have the right effect ... here's a sampling of what nature tourism in Malaysia looks like.

Tourism in Malaysia Teaser

Rainforests .. Beaches .. Mountains .. More

That road show is over, now it's time for you to hit the road and find your own adventure travel destinations. Time to make an escape plan and pack the essentials to great nature scenery and wilderness.

Essentials For Getting Around

Malaysia Car Rental and Bus Transport

Transportation throughout Malaysia is reasonable and reliable from town to town.

However, getting to some of the nature escapes may prove to be difficult without your own transport. Most vehicle rental operators out of Kuala Lumpur require a return trip back to the capital. Otherwise if you want to move from point to point use buses and taxis.

Car and 4WD Rentals

Rental Agency Phone Fax
Mayflower KL 603 6253 1888 603 6258 2970
Hertz KL 603 2148 6433 NA
AVIS KL 603 2144 4487 603 2142 8771
Penang Only
604 226 1426 604 226 6609
Pacific KL
603 2287 4118 603 2287 0139

Bus Transportation Services

Express Bus travel in Malaysia is moderately cheap and chilling. Buses leave between main towns in Peninsular Malaysia a few times per day, with a half-hour pit stop at a roadside eatery with toilet facilities. Buses usually take an extra 2 to 3 hours over car travel and do not have toilets onboard.

If you travel overnight, bring a sweater-jumper or light jacket to avoid the suspended animation effect of super-cooled air-con express buses. Backpacks and luggage gear are stowed underneath, while daypacks and/or small bags fit fine inside the coach.

In Kuala Lumpur, the main terminals are Puduraya Bus Station, Pekeliling Station, Hentian Putra Station and Hentian Duta Station. During the festive seasons (Hari Raya and Chinese New Year) try to purchase tickets early and in advance for express buses.

Terminals Localities Comments
Puduraya Bus Terminal Most destinations in PM Main station near LRT Star-Pudu Station
Pekeliling Bus Terminal East coast states, Kuantan, Jerantut Near LRT Monorail-Titiwangsa Station
Hentian Putra Terminal East coast states, mainly Terengganu-Kelantan Near LRT Star-PWTC Station
Hentian Duta Terminal Northern states No LRT station, use taxi

Tourism in Malaysia: Holidays 2012

Date Holiday
1 January (Sunday) New Year
23-24 January (Mon and Tues) Chinese New Year
1 February (Wednesday) Federal Territory Day (KL)
5 February (Sunday) Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
7 February (Tuesday) Thaipusam
1 May (Monday) Labor Day
5 May (Saturday) Wesak Day
2 June (Saturday) Agong's Birthday
19-20 August (Sun and Mon) Hari Raya Puasa
End of Ramadan
31 August (Friday) Merdeka (Independence) Day
16 September (Sunday) Malaysia Day
26 October (Friday) Hari Raya Haji/Qurban
13 November (Tuesday) Deepavali
15 November (Thursday) Awal Muharram
25 December (Tuesday) Christmas Day

School Holidays 2012

  • 10-18 March 2012 (1 week)
  • 26 May - 10 June 2012 (2 weeks)
  • 18-26 August 2012 (1 week)
  • 10 November to 1 January 2013 (7 weeks)

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