Malaysia: “Truly Asia”, the marketing slogan fits well for south-east Asian country Malaysia. Move beyond known “Petronas twin tower” and discover less known but exotic locations and reasons to visit the beautiful country in the below blog post.
TOP REASONS TO VISIT MALAYSIA
Escape to Malaysia for the vibrant culture, heritage, magnificent landscapes and also exotic beaches. Indeed, Malaysia as a country has so much to offer to its visitors, giving you enough reasons to come, enjoy and relax for a memorable holiday, either as a solo backpacker or with family.
#1: BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPE & ISLANDS
The very first thing about Malaysia that inspired me during my time here was its spectacular landscapes & excellent beaches which I had seen during my visit to this beautiful county. Malaysia has nothing matching the Times Square in New York, but the country is truly a hidden gem that only those visiting the country themselves will be able to tell.
If you have ever put your feet on this land, you will witness thousands of landscape located along the country, from the magnificent island Pulau Pangkor which means“beautiful island” to the exotic and serene beaches which are one of the greatest tourist attraction these days.
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 beautiful islands on the west coast of Malaysia. Surrounded by the greenish blue sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. The nature-loving tourist will find the island just as breathtaking as the shoreline marked by white sand and an array of coconut trees.
#2: FOOD LOVER’S PARADISE
Nearly every Malaysian meal is served with rice. Since rice is also a staple food of many other Asian countries including India therefore, if you are an Indian visiting Malaysia, you and your family won’t have to worry much about the food. “Nasi lemak”, Malaysia’s national dish is the most popular dish ubiquitous in the Malay town and villages.
It is prepared with rice cooked in creamy coconut milk with lots of other ingredients and is a must-have dish when you are in this country. The food is usually cheaper in Malaysia. However, if you are staying and eating in the urban cities like Kuala Lumpur, prepare to shell out more for your meals.
#3: MODERN ARCHITECTURE & CITIES
If you are reading this blog post and planning a trip to Malaysia, you would surely want to visit the famous twin tower popularly known as the Petronas Twin Towers. The towers are in the heart of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and are one of the main tourist attractions. If you are a city tourist I am sure you are going to love Malaysia and particularly Kuala Lumpur.
In Kuala Lumpur, you get to see the best of modern Malaysia. However, the city did manage to keep the old rustic charm intact even after being struck with modernity. Therefore for a city dweller, I would strongly recommend you to spend a few days in the capital city of Malaysia.
#4: STILL LIGHT ON POCKETS
The most talked about matter for any traveller would be “is Malaysia expensive for travel?”. The shortest answer is “No.” However, the cost factor also depends on what type of holidays you are looking out for. A holiday trip to Malaysia is generally not expensive; most of the cost derived from the return-flight plus accommodation. Good hotels are relatively cheap here.
I recommend you to book your return ticket to Malaysia from India at least two months in advance. As you approach your travel dates, the flight cost might become higher. Remember, flight cost contributes 40 to 50 % of your travel budget.
#5: CULTURE & RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY
Malaysia is a country that celebrates its vast diversity with all its zest. It is a multicultural country with Islam as its official religion. Approximately 62 percent of the population comprises of Islam religion so needless to see you will witness Islam’s practice in most parts of the country.
However, language is not a problem in Malaysia as the majority of the population speaks and understands English. If you love late night cafe hopping, Malayasia is surely gonna surprise you with the range of options they offer which are open even at the oddest hours of the night.
HOW TO GET THE MALAYSIAN eVISA
Now, enough of writing on top reasons for visiting Malaysia. I would write something about the process for an Indian to apply for e-visa to Malaysia
This is probably the first thing you should do when planning your trip to Malaysia. Malaysia has introduced eVisa and eNTRI for Indian tourists travelling for less than 30days/ 15 days. Features of these two are-
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- If you plan to stay there for more than 15 days but not more than 30 days.
- eVisa is a single entry visa which is valid from 3 months from the date of issuance.
- The nominal fee for electronic Visa is USD 25 + Rs.1050.
- You can apply two weeks in advance from the date of travel.
- You will need to re-apply if your travel date gets extended beyond three months.
- Visa waiver program is to facilitate the entry of Indian tourists into Malaysia.
- As of now, this provision is available only from 1st April 2017 till 31st December 2018.
- If you are a tourist from India and plan to visit Malaysia for less than 15 days, you can apply for eNTRI.
- There is no visa fee for eNTRI. Applicants need to pay USD 20 as a processing fee.
- eNTRI is a single entry visa & valid for three months from the time of issuance.
- You need to apply at least two days in advance from the date of travel.
- You need to have a return air ticket to India, Singapore, Thailand or Brunei.
- Note that there is a restriction in eNTRI that the holder must enter Malaysia either directly from India or via Singapore.
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