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MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Destination Highlights • Langkawi is recognised as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. • Penang is renowned for its authentic Asian atmosphere and great food. • Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, offers an awesome shopping experience in ultra luxurious malls. • The 156-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only tropical garden to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Langkawi SkyCab

Events & Festivals August/September: Malaysia & Singapore The Hungry Ghost Festival This is an 11-day event that celebrates the fun of winter, which includes live music, dance, carnivals, and outdoor sports activities. 09 August: Singapore National Day Get together with the locals to celebrate the day when Singapore gained independence. Enjoy military parades, multi-cultural songs and dances, and breathtaking fireworks. General Information • Population: Singapore 5.7m / Malaysia 30.7m • Time difference: GMT +8 hours • Flying time: Approximately 13 hours to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur • British passport holders don’t require a visa to enter Singapore for stays of up to 30 days. No visa is required to visit Malaysia. You should receive permission to stay for three months on arrival. Visit: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Random Facts • Belum Rainforest has more Malayan tigers per square kilometre than any other animal sanctuary. • Singapore is made up of 63 islands. • Singapore’s national anthem is in micro- text on the back of the $1000 note. • The PETRONAS Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still regarded as the world’s tallest ‘twin’ buildings.

The Essentials • Remember to pack modest clothing to wear in temples and mosques, as you are required to cover your shoulders and legs. • Pack high-factor sun cream and a sunhat/cap to keep the sun from your head, especially if you plan on hiking/ trekking. • Tipping isn’t standard practice in Malaysia, so you’re not required to tip unless asked. However, restaurants often levy a service charge of 10%. Best time to travel Temperatures vary little in Malaysia, hovering at around 30°C. Humidity is high and showers occur year-round. These are short downpours that clear up as quickly as they arrive. The best time to visit most of the region is generally between March and early October, when you will avoid the worst of the rains and there is less humidity. Singapore is popular all year round. Temperatures range from 24°C to 31°C, dipping slightly from November to January with the onset of the wet monsoon season.

PETRONAS Towers, Kuala Lumpur

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