Tips for western tourists in Malaysia

Tips for western tourists in MalaysiaMalaysia is a great country to visit – beautiful, lively, friendly, fun, historic and peaceful. Yet, before you jet off, it is worth familiarising yourself with some of the local traditions, customs and mannerisms. Here are a few tips to follow that will help you get the most out of your Malaysian trip.
Be polite
As you will know if you have spent any time in South East Asia is that, in this part of the world, people appreciate good manners. The locals very rarely lose their temper and, if somebody does, it is considered big news. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel like a member of hotel or restaurant staff has made a mistake, you are better off insisting politely than losing your cool.
Shaking hands, entering houses and visiting religious buildings
The Islamic tradition of handing things to people only with your right hand is considered very important by the Malays, so keep that in mind when giving or receiving gifts or money. You'll be expected to remove your shoes before entering anybody's home, while any visit to a religious building or place of worship should be done in suitable attire. Cover your arms and legs and don't wear anything too revealing.
Sunblock and mosquito repellent are essentials for the beach
The Malaysian climate is tropical and you have to keep that in mind if you want to enjoy your time there. Spending any time in the midday sun will likely crisp your skin up, while mosquitos are common anywhere close to the rain forests and beaches. Ensure you have the tools to deal with both before you jet off and you will make the most out of your holiday.
Stay safe
Though it is a friendly country, staying safe in Malaysia means paying attention to what is going on around you. If you are carrying valuables, make sure they are locked up in your hotel safe. If you are taking anything down to the pool or to the beach, ensure it is left somewhere safe when you head to the water.
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