Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT time.
The currency is the Ringgit (MYR). All international credit cards are widely accepted. It is advised to exchange currency on arrival in Malaysia at the airport – outside of the airport, opening hours for currency exchange in the cities can be unpredictable.
Electricity and Plugs
The mains voltage in Malaysia is 220 volts. An adapter is essential, but a transformer is not necessary.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00 and Saturday from 09:30 to 11:30. Shops are open Monday through Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00. Some museums and shops adhere to a lunch break closure between 12:45 and 14:00 which gets slightly extended on the day of Friday prayers (approximately 12:15 to 14:45).
There are two national television channels (TV1 and TV2) and several other private channels. In general, TV2 broadcasts a news program in English every day at 20:00. Some radio stations are in English, however the signal for this is difficult. The main newspaper in Malaysia is the New Straits Times and is in English.
The post office is open Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 17:00.
To call Malaysia from UK, dial 00 + 60 followed by the area code (Kuala Lumpur: 03; Penang 04; Malacca: 06) followed by the number of your correspondent. To call UK from Malaysia, dial 00 + 44 followed by the number of your correspondent to 9 digits (remove the initial 0).
Internet and Mobile Coverage
The phone and broadband signal in Malaysia is good, however we advise you to check directly with your operator on the strength of their connection in Malaysia and for their individual billing requirements.