Don't go into toilets and begin doing your business only to find out that there is no tissue paper! Even in toilets that look great and welcoming.
Many locals use their hands/water to clean up, so you could try that.
Otherwise, bring your own tissue paper ! And then hope the toilet is not blocked !
Even though female legs look beautiful, they are advised to keep it covered.
Reason No 1 - Lots of mosquitoes around
Reason No 2 - In many places of Malaysia, you'll be the centre of attraction. Muslim country you know. Ladies would have a little more to look out for ! When they go swimming, the girls just walk into the water fully clothed !
But you can wear your bikini in the proper swimming pools in clubs and hotels, and perhaps people won't mind, though many young guys still tend to ogle and drool.
In certain locations, ladies are advised not to travel alone, especially in the Muslim heartland of Trengganu and Kelantan.
Not only are you courting trouble, you have to endure even official harassment - the police will not bother to help you.
Stay away, or be prepared to cover up dress-wise.
If you drive, do be careful when you see a direction sign - it could lead you to the wrong place.
Don't know who put them up, but they really lack accuracy, creativity and usefulness.
The signs are a common subject of complaint -- ask any Malaysian driver.
The sign attached was valid 50 years ago before the bridge at Bota Kiri was built. Now no one goes to Ipoh via Beruas ( coming from Lumut ) unless they want to enjoy the scenery along the detour.
You might not want to share your food with these lovely adorable creatures who always snuggle up to you ...
Anyway you don't get cholera or typhoid in Malaysia, so you don't have to worry about them, except when they get on your nerves !
Very common in rural areas, especially the farming places. You just have to live with them.
Resistance is FUTILE.
One of the tricks by the sellers in bargaining is asking what price you would want to pay for? This is a deadly question for if the seller agrees to the price you named, you are expected to buy the item.
For example, a T-shirt.
Seller: 10 rinngit
You: Too expensive, can you give me cheaper
Seller: How much do you want it for?
You: Eh... 9 ringgit?
Seller: OK (with a big smile)
Perhaps if you bargain, you could get the T-shirt for 5 ringgit.
So unless, you are willing to buy at that price, do not name your price.
Seller: How much do you want it for?
You: What is the cheapest you can give me?
Seller: 10% discount, 9 ringgit.
You: If I want, I will come back later.
The Malaysian public toilets are generally not the best. If you are a tourist, you may take a while for you to get used to it.
The better toilets will be at 5 star hotels and certain upmarket shopping complexes, such as Lot 10, Starfill and KLCC. KLCC has a pay toilet and one more than is free. The ones where you have to pay are far cleaner.
The toilets at rest stops on the highways have improved tremendously, however, the standard of cleanliness is rather uneven. It really depends on your luck.
updated: December 2007
It was on the news that new self-cleaning toilets had been instaled around the touristy area of Jalan Bukit Bintang, around Lot 10 area. I've driven past it & have also seen photos of the interior, but have not actually used the toilets. Well, all the best! Hopefully, this is a change for the better. Read more about these toilets in the next tip.
Recommended toilets: Major hotels such as Novotel, Crown Plaza, Equatorial, Ritz Carlton (next to Starhill Gallery), Marriott & Westin, KL Hilton Sentral (the toilets are scented with aromatheraphy lamps...nice!)
Major shopping malls such as Starhill Gallery (the toilet is clean & modern), Pavillion (a spanking new mall in KL).
For those who are in KLCC & find the toilets too crowded, you may wish to take a short stroll to nearby Mandarin Oriental. The toilets are located on the ground floor next to the meeting/function rooms. Isetan department store at KLCC also has its own restrooms.
If you are on the lower ground floor of KLCC, another choice would be to take a pleasant 5 minute stroll along the pedestrian tunnel following the "Aquaria" signs. The tunnel is clean & well lit followed by a 1 minute walk across a little car park which leads you to Aquaria, a food court & the KL Convention Center. The toilets here are much cleaner. :)
We advise to be careful about the long tailed Macques. These monkeys look ferocious and may at times be friendly, but get over-excited when they see food in the hands of the people. Water is scarce, especially inside the Batu caves. The monkeys are always on a look out for snatching bottles. Take smaller bottles tucked inside your pockets for drinking.
Also Long tailed Macques make their homes in woods in different localities of KL (i.e. Lake Gardens, Bukit Nanans, etc.). Beware of them. Some, especially the dominant males, can be intimidating.
On the contrary, Silk Leaf Monkeys are very docile and cute.
Since they say that elephants are almost humans, Mawar the baby elephant is crushing doorian here in the picture. However, the fruite is for the consumption of us homo sapiens.
Phrase associated with doorian "tastes like heaven, but smells like hell" is very common. Because of its pungent petroleum like smell, hotels do not allow doorians to be brought in.
We had a taste of doorian at restaurants where it was offered as a sweet dish after boiling in milk. It tasted very good.
But how to get rid of its pungent smell? Razali (Bandit on the VT) advised putting it alongside charcoal. However, we discovered a better solution and this one back in the UAE at our super markets like Carrefore.
They had placed doorians alongside Pakistani mangoes. First of all the greenness of doorians gelled very neatly with yellow of the mangoes. Second and more important, the sweet smell of mangoes had completely overshadowed the punget smell of doorians.
In most public restrooms in shopping complex or coffee shops, there is no toilet paper. There could be water pipe as water is preferred by some locals.
You will find that most public restrooms charged 20 sen for admission. And sell tissue paper at 30 sen. So buy the tissue paper at the entrance if you need toilet paper.
Alternatively, use the restrooms of hotels, they come complete with toilet rolls.
You may wonder why there are no toilet paper in most public restrooms. I suspect the reason is the economic situation is such that some will still "steal" the complete toilet roll and it becomes costly to continually replace.
Of course, this is a common sales gimmick everywhere by some shops that it is clearing stock, moving sale or last 3 days left. Sometimes the sale is genuine.
There are a few China porcelain sales which are cargoed by local businessmen and manned by Mainland Chinese. They will from location to location, different shopping malls or different towns. So it may be true that it is the last 3 days but they will show up with the same stock at a different location and will be back again.
In your hotel bedroom or the restaurant, you may be lucky to see the gecko or wall lizard darting between picture frames on the wall.
They are harmless and eat mosquitoes and insects. Interesting if caught, they will break off its tail to distract you to escape. And a new tail will be regenerated.
The Malays called them "cicak" and currently there is a local movie entitled "Cicak-man" following the likes of Hollywood movie "Spiderman".
You will get a funny look if you ask your hotel reception to get rid off the gecko lizard from your room. Unlikely they will get to your bed or bother you at all but hide all day and come out when everything is quiet on the wall to catch insects.
When getting a local cab, he will surely ask where you will be going and sometimes these drivers can be a fussy lot and sometimes would ask for a flat rate...pls. insists on the meter and if he does not want to, get another cab. look out that he does not meddle with the meter as i myself have been thru this and would not like to have visitors to malaysia to be conned !
Malaysia has around 100 species of land snakes. It may be reassuring to know that only 16 are poisonous. Well maybe not very. The most feared venomous snake is the king cobra. All 20 species of their sea snakes are poisonous.
Luckily for us we did not see any of these snakes except in Penang. Then the snakes were in cages.
Thumbs up for automatic toilets
Saturday December 23, 2006
By CHOW HOW BAN
FINALLY, Kuala Lumpur has automatic toilets like those in other major cities in the world.
Since the opening of two of the 12 units on Wednesday, many users have given their thumbs up to the new facilities. However, many voiced their fears that the top-notch facility would be vandalised like other public amenities in the city.
Mohd Fadlee Yusuff, 39, who works as a chef in Bukit Bintang, was among the first to use the comfortable and fully-automated toilet located in front of a McDonald’s outlet in Jalan Bukit Bintang.
“It has class,” he announced. “Finding it air-conditioned was a nice surprise. The toilet also flushes for you when you’re done while the taps turns on automatically when put your hands under it.
“I think such a sophisticated toilet will be able to educate city folk to be more disciplined about hygiene and cleanliness,” he said.
Mohd Fadlee said that although the cost of the toilets was high, the facility would benefit in the long run.
Angeline Chen, 30, who works in Sungei Wang Plaza, described the toilet as convenient.
“I don’t understand why these toilets are built in this area as public toilets can be found in the surrounding shopping malls. But without doubt, it is comfortable to use,” she said.
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