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Due to a great deal of investment into its modern infrastructure, Malaysia offers some of the best driving in Southeast Asia. Fuel is also relatively cheap meaning you can explore the country in depth on a budget. The main problems you may face with other drivers are speeding and tailgating as well as congestion in larger cities such as Kuala Lumpur. The expressways are generally toll roads and many people avoid them on their daily commute. However, these routes are often faster and congestion-free.  

Here are some more tips for driving in Malaysia 

  • Keep an eye out for animals on the road as well as pedestrians.  

  • Be aware that there are many people riding motorbikes - a common mode of transportation in Malaysia.  

  • Don’t be alarmed by al of the horns honking; sounding your horn when overtaking is a common practice. 

  • Seatbelts are required for all drivers and passengers. 

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  • The maximum speed limit on expressways is 110 km/h (68 mph). 

  • Federal and state roads are generally 90 km/h (56 mph). 

  • In urban areas, the speed limit is generally 60km/h (37 mph). 


Malaysia’s diverse religions, culture, and history are reflected in the breadth of its architectural styles. The Petronas Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world and dominate the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. They are connected by the Skybridge and are striking at night. You can also purchase tickets to take in the phenomenal views. Another major feature of the Kuala Lumpur skyline is the Kuala Lumpur Tower - the 7th tallest in the world - that features an observatory and revolving restaurant. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was originally built for the government offices of the British colonial administration. It was completed in 1897, renamed in 1974, and served as a backdrop to important national events. We highly recommend a visit to Penang for stunning examples of Chinese architecture in Malaysia and the Khoo Kongsi is one of the most impressive and ornamental. The historic building is situated in the charming George Town area of the city.   

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