Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
'Bicycle vacation Malaysia'
Consulate General of Malaysia
Two Grand Central Tower
140 East 45th Street 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel.: 212-490 2722
Malaysian High Commission
45 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QT
Tel.: 020-7235 8033
2bis, Rue Bénouville
Tel.: 01-4553 1185
Fax: 01-4727 3460
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my
In hotels and guesthouses people usually speak some English.
It's probably a good idea to read up about Islam and Chinese religions before your trip. The influence of religion on daily life is strong and with a little knowledge, it's easier to understand.
People are extremely friendly and make you feel at home. We didn't feel unsafe anywhere. Some women may feel uncomfortable or even discriminated against in the Muslim provinces.
There are ATMs almost everywhere in Malaysia. One can also change cash at hotels and banks.
This is the wet season. One definitely need rain wear. Bicycling on the east side of the country is inadvisable. The inland route is much better. When planning your trip, take the dominant wind direction into account. In January it is north- east.
In every village is a bicycle repair shop. Smaller sized wheels are used, tough. So bring your own inner and outer tubes. The same goes for brake pads; only a limited selection is available.
One gets used quickly to bicycling on the left. Drivers pay attention to bicyclists.
In general, the roads are in good condition. Sometimes one can't avoid using busy thru-roads. When available, trains are a good and cheap alternative.
There are no detailed road maps.
Food and drink
Everywhere in stalls along the roads. One does need a phrase book.
In larger towns and cities it's not a problem to find a place to sleep. But in small villages it's a big problem. Sometimes there isn't a guesthouse in tens of miles around. It's a good idea to bring a route description which includes hotels.
For up-to-date information about health risks go to the site of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Malaysia. Always consult your family doctor as well.
Safety and security
Traveling in some countries or regions can bring risks with it. That shouldn't always be a reason not to go there, but part of a thorough preparation is to find out about possible risks.
A good place to find information is the web site of the CIA World Factbook Malaysia. Always seek advice from your own country's foreign department as well.
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Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.
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