Travel Guide To Malaysia 

Indian Embassy in Malaysia

High Commission of India
Address: Level 28, Menara 1 Mon't Kiara, No. 1, Jalan Mon't Kiara, 50480, Kuala Lumpur.
Working Hours: 9 am to 5:30 am (Monday to Friday)
Tel. Nos.: (00-603) 62052350, 62052351

Visa Process for Indians

The following documents are required to get a visa to Malaysia

  • Original passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Malaysia
  • Visa application form
  • Covering letter mentioning details the travel
  • Confirmed air tickets along with E-ticket number
  • Original bank statements of a saving account for last 3 months and a bank balance of more than INR 30,000 per person
  • Confirmed hotel bookings
  • Birth certificate for age below 18 years

Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain a visa for Malaysia . The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.

About Malaysia

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country which is situated partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and somewhat on the northern third of the Borneo island. One side of Malaysia is a peninsular area which constitutes of the modern towns, busy cities, tea plantations, colonial buildings; on the other hand, the remaining area consists of widespread jungles. The one thing that unites everything in Malaysia is the food.

Top Places to Visit in Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur is the most famous city in Malaysia, a multi-cultural country. Consisting of malls on one side and skyscrapers malls on the other, Kuala Lumpur has something to offer for everyone. Kuala Lumpur is basically an enclave within the Selangor state of Malaysia.

  • Langkawi - Often referred to as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is known for its tropical and neural lush beauty. This group of islands situated in the clear Andaman Sea is also a duty-free zone. Langkawi is a tourist’s paradise, thanks to the huge array of clean beaches, sparkling blue waters and forests spread all over the islands. The 99 stunning islands that make up this destination are a perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

  • George Town - Capital of Penang, this city is a colourful destination and has achieved significant recognition by being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being the second largest city in Malaysia, this place offers an immensely calm and relaxed atmosphere.

  • Penang – This place is Malaysia has two parts, one is Penang Island, which constitutes the city's capital, George Town, and the other one is Seberang Perai. Penang is famously known as the Pearl of The Orient and The Silicon Valley of The East. This commercially progressive and industrialized state has a thriving economy.

How to Reach Malaysia

Taking a flight is the best way to reach Malaysia from India. Various Malaysian airlines offer low-cost flights to Kuala Lumpur if you are a budget traveller. The three significant airports of Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Senai International Airport, and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Apart from that, you also have the option to book flights to Malaysia from one of the neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. The flights to Malaysia are most economical, and the flight duration is based on the destination you are travelling from. Some of the most common airlines in Malaysia are Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines.

Best Time to Visit Malaysia

The ideal time to plan a trip to Malaysia is somewhere between early March and October. There is comparatively less humidity in the country during these months. Usually, the temperatures keep varying a little in Malaysia and go up to 32 degrees. However, the humidity stays all year round. Apart from that, the showers also occur throughout the year, mostly during the afternoon.

Things to Pack

Packing some essentials products like clothes and footwears usually depends on what the weather conditions are like in Malaysia. Here is a list of the crucial travel essentials one must never forget to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Rain jacket or umbrella
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • First Aid Kit
  • Important documents such as travel insurance policy

Top Delicacies of Malaysia

  • Ikan Bakar: The meaning of Ikan Bakar is ‘burnt fish’, but it is actually quite a tasty BBQ seafood. It consists of fresh local fish like stingray, squid, and barramundi, covered in banana leaves and then drizzled with a spicy chilli sauce before it is cooked on the grill. The final result is a smoky and flaky whole fish, which is served with rice, fresh vegetables, and herbs.

  • Nasi Kukus: Nasi kukus consists of a mound of freshly steamed white rice which is covered in creamy gravies and topped with a scrumptious piece of golden fried chicken, spicy sambal, and roasted pineapple. The flavours and texture of this delicacy are varied, and you’ll never get enough of its taste.

  • Nasi Lemak: Your visit to Malaysia will be incomplete if you do not eat the national dish of nasi lemak. It is traditionally a breakfast dish which has now become a classic meal eaten during all hours of the day. The dish comprises of rice cooked in coconut milk and sambal, pandan leaf, boiled egg, fried anchovies, refreshing cucumber, and peanuts.

Shopping List Essentials (Where to Shop)

  • Petaling Street: This street is the place where everybody’s shopping desires can come alive. This place deals with everything from electronics, bags, colourful artificial flowers, apparels, and a lot more. Also, if you like bargaining, this place is a paradise for you. There are many restaurants and food joints situated here, so you don’t get the hunger pangs while you indulge in shopping.

  • Central Market: Situated a short walk away from Pasar Seni MRT Station, the Central Market of Kuala Lumpur is among the finest places for shopping Malaysia. The best part about this place is that one doesn’t get bothered by the humidity as it’s fully air-conditioned. The shops located inside the complex sell a lot of artsy stuff of different ethnicities like Chinese and Indian.

  • Langkawi Parade: Known as the shopping heaven, Langkawi Parade consists of more than 40 shopping, food retail, and entertainment spots for all the locals and tourists. Being one of the biggest malls in Langkawi, this place offers everything from souvenirs to fashion products, liquor, and electronics.

Top Indian Restaurants in Malaysia

  • Colonial India
    Location: Jalan Teluk Baru | Besides Zackry Guest House, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
    Contact: +60 4-952 3313

  • Bombay Palace
    Location: 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail | Life Centre, M-3A, Mezzanine Floor, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia
    Contact: +60 3-2171 7220

  • Olive Kitchen + Bar
    Location: 3J Jalan Penang, George Town, Penang Island 10000, Malaysia
    Contact: +60 16-597 9640

Healthcare Centres in Malaysia

When going on a trip to Malaysia, it is immensely crucial to be aware of some of the healthcare centres to avoid any mishappenings due to an emergency. Below is the list of some healthcare centres can contact in need:

  • Hospital Langkawi
    Location: Bukit Teguh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
    Contact: 04-9663333

  • HSC Medical Center
    Location: Menara HSC, 5-1, 187, Jalan Ampang, Taman U Thant, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Contact: +60 3-2787 0500

  • Allied Healthcare Centre of Excellence
    Location: 63, Jalan Sungai Pinang, George Town, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
    Contact: +60 4-281 7581

It’s advisable to buy a travel insurance policy before going on a trip to Malaysia. A travel insurance policy will help you find out the best hospitals in the area to get the appropriate treatment on time.


The currency of Malaysia is Ringgit.

Basics of Local Communication

The official language of Malaysia is Malay. However, the locals easily understand English; however, it is always better to keep a few local phrases handy for a great trip.

English Arabic
Good morning Selamat Pagi
My name is… Nama saya ialah…
Where is…? Di manakah…?
Yes Ya
No Tidak
Please Sila
Sorry Maaf
How Much is This for? Berapa banyak ini?

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.