Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and has a population of 25.2 million people. The country has a vibrant mix of cultures with influence not only from its tribal history but also from Malay, China and India. Malaysia offers a multitude of tropical island resorts with world-class dive sites, as well as dense jungle with a vast range of flora and fauna. In contrast, the capital city of Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming one of the central hubs of Asia. The Medical Tourism industry in Malaysia is also blooming, with reports revealing that almost 300,000 patients make their way to Malaysia each year. The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu, but English is also widely spoken.

Medical tourism

There are a large number of medical tourism providers in Malaysia specialising in every area you could imagine. The most common specialisations are in Cardiology, Cosmetics, Dental, Eye, Hair Transplants, Infertility treatments, Obesity, Orthopedic, Cancer treatment and Spinal. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

Malaysia has a tropical climate, which means it is quite warm all year round. In fact, the average temperature in Kuala Lumpur is 82°F (27°C) all year round. While it does rain throughout the year, some areas see heavier rainfalls between September and March, with monsoon rains on the east coast from November to February.

Money and costs

The currency in Malaysia is the Ringgit (MYR, symbol RM). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool. A mid-range traveller can look to spend around 197RM and above per day.


Most tourists from North America, UK, Europe (with the exception of Bulgarians) and Australia do not require a visa for stays of up to three months.

Getting there

Kuala Lumpur is the central gateway to Malaysia with a high number of direct flights, particularly as it is a stop-over point for a number of carriers on their way to/from Australia and New Zealand. Airports in Pulau Penang and Johor Bahru (JB) also have international connections. Malaysia is connected directly with numerous South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. Some North American and European travellers may have to transfer flights in another Asian city before carrying on to Malaysia. The country is served by a number of carriers, including Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airways.

Dialling codes

To call Malaysia, the country dialling code is +60.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Malaysia at:

Lonely Planet -​malaysia

Malaysia Tourism -

Malaysia Embassy in the USA -​perwakilan/​washington

Malaysia Embassy in the UK -

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011