Malaysia has quickly become one of the hottest travel destinations in all of southeast Asia and If you have a plan on visiting Malaysia you should have something in mind that you are not allowed to do in Malaysia.
I can see a lot of blogs telling you about what to do while you are visiting a particular place, What places to visit, What to eat, where to stay But there are very less or zero bloggers telling you about the don’t about a particular place.
So here I am with the General rules and dont’s to be aware of before planning your trip to this beautiful place Malaysia.
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YOU CAN’T OFFER HANDSHAKE TO EVERYBODY
Yes you heard it right you are not allowed to shake hands here that we often do in most of the countries that we shake hands to give respect to the person or It is a way to say thanks.
This is my personal experience in Malaysia, We went in a restaurant and It was very late in the night and As the owner of the restaurant Was Muslim lady She greeted us and In gratitude, we stood up and raise our hand to shake hands as a thanksgiving.
She told me to not repeat the same mistake anywhere else because The majority of the restaurants are owned by the Muslims and they are not allowed to shake hands or make any kind of contacts with the opposite sex.
REMOVE YOUR SHOES BEFORE ENTERING ANY MALAYSIAN HOME
We as an Indians always Have this habit of removing our shoes outside our house and enter, Ok Let me tell you an incident.
When I was signing off from my vessel I was offered Dinner by my Malaysian friend. So, we went with a box of sweet to his home I was with one Indian, American and One European friend. As soon as we reached his home We both Indians started removing our shoes.
My American and Europeans friends Which were Accompning me were in shock to see removing shoes On the main gates of a Malaysian home.
They asked me whether is this place a religious one? And believe me I was into a laugh and I sincerely explained to him that we follow the same practice in our Indian homes too.
So, Another advice to my friends that if you are a constant traveler or you are about to visit a Malaysian home Please remove your shoes outside and get in.
This will impress your host a lot. Then it doesn’t even matter what you are having as a return gift for them, This first impression of you removing the shoes on the door and entering the house will be enough to impress them. And sincerely respect the Malaysian culture. Those who are ready for the First impression can Thank me later.
YOU CAN’T SHOW AFFECTION IN PUBLIC
Yes as Malaysia is predominantly a Muslim country you can come through these kinds of signs too often in public places or in parks.
You are not allowed to show affection in public at all in Malaysia.
Hugging, kissing save it when you get to your hotel room or home.
DON’T FORGET TO BRING AN UMBRELLA WHILE YOU ARE IN MALAYSIA
It is always raining and sunny in Malaysia at the same time. The weather is mischievious.
So, Basically, if you wake up in the morning and you see a clear sunny day it doesn’t mean that It is not gonna be raining today.
You can’t trust the weather in Malaysia.
DON’T GET CONFUSED MALAY VS MALAYSIAN
I will tell you what does this mean, MALAY is actually the ethnic group of people here in Malaysia but Malaysian is actually the whole population.
There are two kinds of food varieties also here one Malay and the other one is Malaysian.
After coming back to India I tried my favorite Malaysian vegetable in my Indian kitchen, You should definitely give it a try once. I have blended the Malaysian cuisine in our Indian kitchen style, For the full recipe check out this Blogpost-http://thedesiremeet.com/Malaysian-veg-curryindian-style/
YOU WILL NOT GET ALCOHOL EVERYWHERE
This is for alcohol loving and party people’s you will not be getting alcohols in each and every restaurant,There are specific places where they will be serving you the alcoholic drinks,And mind you if you are preloaded with alcohol and coming to a restaurant for eating you can be fined for 20 ringgit(4.86 USD) for your doings.
So, beware alcohol lovers.
DON’T POINT YOUR FINGERS
This is a custom that Malaysian peoples follow, So while my stay I noticed One peculiar thing with Malaysians they never point their fingers while telling me the direction ,They point all their hands towards the direction, Their whole fist I must say Not a single Malaysian pointed a finger while he or she Guided me towards some direction.
YOU CAN’T BRING DURIAN TO PUBLIC
You can easily see a sign of durian not allowed anywhere in Malaysia.
For the one who doesn’t know what durian is (It is a fruit, which tastes savory, sweet and creamy all at once.)One thing is famous about this fruit is its bad smell.
You can actually google it and see some interesting facts about this peculiar fruit. And a must-taste for those who have not tasted it.
Advice from my side-It smells awful. Try it once!! It tastes delicious but it does really have a very strong odor.
This fruit is strictly prohibited all over Malaysia.
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Malaysia is really very beautiful country with its multicultural community practices and a number of traditions and customs as a traveler you must visit it once.
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But it’s very good for a traveler to know about the don’t before the visit to any place this makes your journey and visit to the place even more comfortable and a huge difference for your visit to Malaysia.