Women Travellers

Be respectful by taking your dress cues from the locals who wear tops over the shoulder and trousers below the knee. When visiting mosques, cover your head and limbs with a headscarf and sarong (many mosques lend these out at the entrance). At the beach, most Malaysian women swim fully clothed in T-shirts and shorts – while you might not want to follow suit, choosing a modest bathing costume will save you any potential hassle.

Malaysia is generally a safe country but it is prudent to be proactive about personal safety. Treat overly friendly strangers, both male and female, with a good deal of caution. Take taxis after dark and avoid walking alone at night in quiet or seedy parts of town.