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Banks and Currency Exchange
Full details and update can be reviewed on the official website of the National bank of Malaysia:
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Dining Out
Malaysian Cuisine is highly influenced by variety of other cuisines like the Malay, Arabs, Chinese, Indians and Thai.

Easy Access
Wireless internet access is available in almost all of the hotels in Malaysia, in most cases free of charge. Free wireless internet access is also offered by a large number of the city’s cafés and bars. Several free public internet access points are available to those travelling without a computer or an internet-capable mobile phone.

Electricity
Malaysia operates on 230/220V 3 phase 4 wire system. The supply frequency is 50Hz ± 1%. Malaysian plugs have three pins. However, multi pin adapter can be useful.

Liability and Insurance
Registration fees do not include the insurance of participants against personal accidents, sickness and cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.

Time Zones
Malaysia Time (MYT) is a standard time used in Malaysia. It is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time. The local mean time in Kuala Lumpur was originally GMT+06:46:48.

Weather and Climate and Geography
Malaysia weather benefits from a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity throughout the year. Daytime temperatures rise above 30°C (86°F) year-round and night-time temperatures rarely drop below 20°C (68°F).

Malaysia is situated in central South-East Asia, bordering Thailand in the north, with Singapore to the south and Indonesia to the south and west. It is composed of Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the north coast of the island of Borneo, 650 to 950km (404 to 600 miles) across the South China Sea. Peninsular Malaysia is an area of forested mountain ranges running north-south, on either side of which are low-lying coastal plains. The coastline extends some 1,900km (1,200 miles).

The west coast consists of mangrove swamps and mudflats which separate into bays and inlets. In the west, the plains have been cleared and cultivated, while the unsheltered east coast consists of tranquil beaches backed by dense jungle. The major islands are Langkawi (a group of 99 islands), Penang and Pangkor off the west coast; and Tioman, Redang, Kapas, Perhentian and Rawa off the east coast. In Malaysian Borneo, Sarawak has alluvial and, in places, swampy coastal plains with rivers penetrating the jungle-covered hills and mountains of the interior. Sabah has a narrow coastal plain which gives way to mountains and jungle. Mount Kinabalu, at 4,094m (13,432ft), is the highest peak in Malaysia.

Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes are sensible at any time of year. To avoid offending local sensibilities, Full-length trousers will create a better impression. Because of the rainfall patterns and the unpredictable Malaysia weather, always carry an umbrella.