Is the orangutan sanctuary in Borneo calling you? Or maybe you prefer to summit Mount Kinabalu? Tempted by the shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Towers? Or perhaps you're planning to indulge in a luxurious beach resort in Langkawi? Wherever your Malaysia adventure takes you, you will need some Malaysian Ringgit while you are there, so let our Travel Money Experts help you stock up before you go!
The Ringgit (MYR) is divided into 100 sen (or cents). In Malay "ringgit" means "jagged" and the name was originally used to refer to the serrated edges of the silver Spanish dollars that were used during the Portuguese colonial era. You'll find notes in denominations of RM1, 5, 10, 50 and 100, while coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen.
The Ringgit is sometimes called the Malaysian Dollar, and prices are sometimes noted with a $ sign - don't be confused though, this still connotes Malaysian funds.
If you aren't sure of how many RMs you might need for your holiday, just speak to one of our Travel Money Experts in any of our 20+ across New Zealand.
Or, if you've already sorted your budget - order online whenever you want and pick up your MYR from your closest Travel Money NZ store.
5, 10, 20, 50 sen
RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100
How do I get my MYR?
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Did you know? MYR Currency Facts
- The current MYR coins have 14 dots on them, representing the 13 states and grouped Territories of Malaysia; and 5 parallel lines that symbolise the 5 national principles
- On the front of the banknotes, there is an image of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia - Tunku Abdul Rahmon - and the national flower, the hibiscus
- Places like Kelantan (in the north), still refer to the ringgit as the Riyal and sen as Kupang
- The set of the first series of Malaysian banknotes (issued in 1967) were sold at auction for £100,000 in 2007
- To commemorate the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, a RM50 polymer banknote was issued. It is hardly ever seen in normal usage, and it is now a collectors' item
Want to see how far your Ringgit will take you? Check out our Travel Money Guide here for expert tips and destination costs.
Why exchange with Travel Money NZ
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