Equatorial/Tropical-the climate is generally hot and sunny all year round; visitors need to wear comfortable clothing to avoid heatstroke. We also have occasional rains-showers, therefore, it’s advisable to always bring an umbrella in case it rains.
Lowlands (Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Sandakan, Tawau)-32 degrees Centigrade
Highlands (Ranau, Kundasang, Tambunan)-21 degrees Centigrade
Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
Travelers’ cheques and foreign currencies can be changed for Malaysian Ringgit at banks and hotels. Most major hotels charge a nominal fee for currency conversion.
Major Credit and Charge Cards
VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club-credit and charge cards are accepted in almost all departmental stores, supermarkets, petrol stations and restaurants.
Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3pm
Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+8)
Usual Office Hours
Monday to Friday from 8am-1pm and 2pm-5pm; Saturday from 8am-1pm
Electricity & Water Facilities
Electricity is on the 240 Volts AC/ 50-Cycle system; treated pipe water is available in most areas.
Bahasa Malaysia (national language) and English is widely spoken; Mandarin and some Chinese dialects are also widely spoken.
Most parts of Sabah with the exception of some remote areas are linked nationally and internationally by telephone, facsimile, telegraph and via the Internet. Most hotels provide International Direct Dial (IDD) telephone services.
- A valid passport (and visa wherever is applicable) is required.
- A Social or Tourist Visit Pass does not permit the holder to take up employment, business or professional work in Malaysia.
- The Business Visit Pass allows foreign visitors to enter the country for business negotiations or inspection of business premises. These passes however, cannot be used for employment purposes or for supervising the installation of new machinery or the construction of a factory.
- A fee is charged for a Professional Visit Pass depending on purpose of visit, profession and country.
In Sabah, we greet people by saying “selamat datang”(welcome) and/ or “terima kasih” (thank you) with a smile. Due to religious reasons, some may prefer not to have physical contact with others. However, a handshake is generally acceptable as a way of introducing oneself.