Travel guide

The oldest primary forest on our planet…

Off the coast of the China Sea, the country divided into two distinct lands, part of which is shared with Indonesia, is a real gateway to travel. When you arrive, you’re greeted by a breath of warm, humid air. Here, you can stay in a hotel 300 meters above the ground, in one of the towers towering over Kuala Lumpur; go adventuring in Borneo, in the jungles of Sarawak and Sabah; or go out to meet ethnic groups.

We’ll go from a mountain air to Cameron Highlands, with its misty peaks, which can be explored on treks. Then we’ll stay on the eastern islands, for some snorkeling at Pulau Perhentian. We’ll finish off with a paradise atmosphere on the beaches of Pulau Langkawi, nicknamed the “jewel of Kedah”, or Pulau Tioman.

Malaysia is also a melting pot of cultures, thanks to its location and history: an economy that has been largely supplanted by China, but whose population is part of the scenery, notably in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown district; Hindu religious monuments such as the Batou Grotto; Arab culture, which plays a part in the religious tendencies of the local population; and, of course, the indigenous culture as you move deeper into the hinterland, typical of the Asia-Pacific region (Indonesia in particular).

Time difference



Malaysian Ringgit


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Hello
  • How are you ? = Apa khabar anda
  • Very well, thank you, and you ? = Sangat baik, dan anda?
  • Do you speak French/English ? = Engkau berkata-kata Bahasa Inggeris atau Perancis?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Saya faham/Saya tidak faham
  • Sorry = ampun
  • Goodbye = selamat tinggal
  • Welcome = dialu-alukan
  • Thank you very much = terima kasih (banyak)
  • Excuse me/Please = maafkan saya/sila
  • I am French = Saya Perancis
  • My name is… = Nama saya
  • No thanks = tidak terima kasih
  • Yes/No = ya/tidak
  • You’re welcome / Please = anda dialu-alukan

Key figures

Malaysia is at GMT+8, i.e. 07h00 ahead of France:

When it’s 4.30pm in Paris, it’s 10.30pm in Kuala Lumpur

Good to know

Type G electrical outlet.


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • MMR (in children)
  • tuberculosis vaccination

Vaccinations against typhoid fever, rabies, hepatitis A and hepatitis B may be recommended, depending on traffic zones.


French nationals do not need a visa for a stay of less than three months in Peninsular Malaysia and the state of Sabah. 
They must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their stay, and a return or onward ticket. As the local authorities strictly enforce these provisions, travelers with passports that have expired, or whose validity is less than six months, will be turned away on arrival.

Tourists visiting the state of Sarawak obtain a residence permit valid for one month on arrival in the state.