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Is Malaysia a Safe Travel Destination?

Do not worry, because Malaysia is basically a travel destination with few risks. However, there are a few things to watch out for.

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First things first: Here you will find the latest travel and safety information from the German Foreign Office, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Switzerland). You are always up to date there.

Safety instructions Malaysia

In principle, the security situation is stable. The risk of becoming a victim of violence is low. The people are friendly and treat you politely and openly, so that you can enjoy the most beautiful destinations in Malaysia without worry. Perhaps the greatest danger is paying exorbitant prices in the taxi. In Kuala Lumpur as well as in tourist places, you should not openly display your valuables or leave them lying around. But we also know that from home. Also, avoid getting involved in gambling offers. In the end, you are likely to be rid of your money.

Political situation in Malaysia

There are some political tensions in Malaysia, but these cannot be compared to Thailand.

Every now and then there are clashes on the fringes of demonstrations.

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Dangers / security situation on the island of Borneo

Various authorities - for example the German Foreign Office - currently advise against traveling to the east of the state of Sabah and the offshore islands. The reason for this is the activity of terrorist groups from the neighboring country of the Philippines. In 2013 and 2014 there were kidnappings from hotel complexes in the region.

The coastal area is a popular travel destination mainly because of the fantastic dive sites. Armed security guards are now guarding some resorts.

In addition, the Malaysian government has increased security, which is reflected in the increased presence of soldiers and police officers. In addition, the sea routes are monitored.

Malaysia: Dangers from weather and nature

During the rainy season, floods can occur in all parts of the country (as most recently in December 2014 on the east coast of the peninsula) and associated landslides. In the dry season, forest fires sometimes cause high levels of air pollution (haze) that make breathing difficult.

More behavior tips / drugs in Malaysia

Malaysia is a Muslim majority country, so you should be aware of local rules and customs, both in terms of your behavior and clothing.

The importation and possession of drugs are strictly forbidden. There is a risk of high prison sentences, which also affect foreigners. Trafficking in drugs, including possession of certain quantities, is punishable by the death penalty.

Medical supplies

The supply in the country is generally good. In the larger cities in particular, you should also find English-speaking doctors with good training. More tips in my report on vaccinations for Malaysia.

The best travel credit card for Malaysia

You can save a lot of money on your travels with the right credit card. Here you can find out which cards you can use to withdraw cash free of charge worldwide and pay in local currency at no additional cost. And who is currently the only provider who reimburses you for third-party fees at the machine, for example in Thailand or Vietnam.

Here is the credit card comparison

From Malaysia to the south of Thailand

If you want to travel on from Malaysia to Thailand by land, be sure to observe the safety instructions for Thailand. In some areas in the south there have been repeated unrest and bomb attacks for some time.

Note: The security situation can change at any time - also with regard to global threats. Therefore, also note the current information from the state institutions.

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About the author

Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and has since written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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