Avoid These Things so You Won’t be in Trouble in Malaysia


Malaysia is a great country to visit. It’s rich in culture, history and tradition. Many people visit the country each year because it has a lot to offer. From the stunning landmarks to the sumptuous meals, Malaysia is definitely a must-see when you’re in Southeast Asia. Before going there, you need to understand that the locals have practices and beliefs that you have to respect. You will be in trouble if you insist on doing things your way.

Wearing provocative clothing

Malaysia is still generally a conservative country and majority of the people follow Islam. Therefore, you need to be modest when choosing your clothes. You can’t wear provocative clothing, especially for women when you’re in public places. Unless you’re in a beach or a private gathering, try to cover up. 

Bringing knives and weapons

Although knives are useful in the kitchen, and you might even have one in your hotel if you decide to cook your meals, you can’t take it with you when you travel. You will be in trouble for bringing it. Under the Malaysian law, you’re not allowed to bring knives in public places without any reason. 

Counterfeit currency

Counterfeit currency

If you ever use counterfeit currency, whether in dollars or ringgit (the country’s currency), you will be in trouble. Make sure that you check your money first before using it. Even if it wasn’t your intention to use counterfeited currency, you could still be in trouble. Look for a licensed money exchanger or find a bank. If possible, try to use the exchange services in your home country so you will have enough cash upon arrival.

Drinking alcohol

Muslims are generally prohibited from drinking alcoholic beverages. Therefore, you can’t bring alcohol in public. It doesn’t mean that you can’t drink alcohol in Malaysia at all. There are still pubs that serve these beverages. Try to find them especially if you’re in a major city like Kuala Lumpur or Penang. It gets a bit trickier though when you want to drink alcohol in remote locations. 

Touching women

Women are highly respected in Malaysian culture. You need to be cautious when interacting with women, especially if you don’t know them. Unsolicited touching is a big no. Hugging might be a norm in some cultures, but it’s not especially for people of opposite genders. 

Disrupting people who are praying

You might want to visit Malaysia because of its architectural wonders. There are lots of amazing mosques around the country that are worth visiting. Locals don’t mind if you want to take a photo of the mosques as long as you remain polite. Don’t disrupt people when they pray or make fun of them. Avoid wearing provocative clothing when you enter those areas. Even men should wear pants in mosques. Again, it’s a place of worship, and people observe a dress code.

Don’t forget these things before heading to Malaysia so you will have a smooth and trouble-free trip. You can also explore the different places and experience the warmth of the local people.

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