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Currency information

Code MYR
Symbol RM
5, 10, 20, 50 sen
RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100

Welcome to Malaysia!

There’s something to suit every intrepid traveller making their way ‘round Malaysia. The cities are sparkling with liveliness, and beachy resorts dripping with relaxation. With adventure and leisure infused in one, anything can happen. Shop ‘til you drop, eat the sumptuous street food, and don’t forget to see an Orangutan up close.

ATM access

4/5 stars – The main tourist hubs will have ATMs but not all are 24/7. Of course, the further you venture away from busy areas, the less ATMs and card-accepting places there’ll be.


Tipping isn’t expected nor required in Malaysia

Phone and Internet access

Connection is excellent, free Wi-Fi available in cafes and hotels

Daily cost

With prices like this, your trip can  be as cheap or luxurious as you like.

Coffee:  NZ$3.55 (regular espresso)
Water:  NZ$0.55 (330mL bottle)
Beer:  NZ$3.55 (local beer)
Food:  NZ$2.10 (fish curry)
Taxi:  NZ$27 (Airport – Kuala Lumpur)
Big Mac: NZ$2.70 (cheap Macca’s!)

Daily budget

Budget:  Around NZ$90/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks, and entry to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary)
Moderate:  Around NZ$165/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks and entry to Petronas Twin Towers)
Luxury:  Around NZ$220/day (2x restaurant meals,   supermarket snacks and Sunway Lagoon Park)

Safety rating

3.5/5 stars - Petty theft is targeted at tourists, so keep the bling at home and exercise caution when out and about. Maybe reconsider booking the coastal resorts in eastern Sabah though. Just in case.

Travel Money Trivia

Finders keepers
The R50 polymer notes celebrating the 1988 Commonwealth Games are rare – keep it if you find one!
Fool’s gold
The gold coins are not made from gold at all, but copper, zinc and tin. Imposters!
Rough money
Ringgit means “jagged”, referring to the uneven edges of the Spanish dollars that preceded MYR.
Secure coinage
The latest series of coins feature a latent image of “50” on one side and “sen” the other for authenticity.
That’s not my name!
Some locals refer to Ringgit as dollars, so don’t assume they’re asking for a different type  of currency.

Let's talk money

Your holiday to Malaysia won’t set you back too much (even if you’re living it up every night in 5-star resorts). But come prepared with your Currency Pass and plenty of ringgit-in-your-wallet for the street food and market shopping.

  • Experience luxury at  a low daily cost
  • ATMs attached to  banks are safer
  • Declare any more  than US$10,000
  • You can buy almost anything at markets
  • Alcohol is way cheaper than at home
  • Rent a Vespa to see  the sights!
  • Most locals will speak English, so you’re less likely to get lost from directions

Must do

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
Check out feeding time at the centre for orphaned orangutans to see these adorable primates up close.
Bukit Bintang
Test your endurance with a marathon shopping session in the fashion and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur.
Batu Caves
Go wild exploring the incredible caves situated on the limestone hill.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Take a leisurely walk to and soak in the scenery – on a bridge suspended approximately 100m above the ground. Now that’s a view.
Perhentian Islands
Where luxury meets excitement – take part in all the water activities including canoeing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

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Travel Money NZ has sought to ensure that the information is true and correct at the time of publication. Prices, details and services are subject to change without notice, and Travel Money NZ accepts no responsibility or liability for any such changes, including any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on any information provided. Daily Cost: All prices are approximations. Your costs may differ depending on where you go, where you shop, and their individual factors. Daily Budget: Costs are estimated per person and do not include accommodation.