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Best time to visit

Many visitors avoid the monsoon season between November to March as it can be rainy. However, November to December is when conditions for surfing and windsurfing are best. Turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches between May and August.

Climate
Tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures range from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF) with very high humidity (85-95%). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm. The monsoon season is from November to March and more rain and rough sea conditions can be expected during this time.

Money

  • There are no banks or ATMs in Cherating Village.
  • VISA and Mastercard are accepted at many of the hotels and some stores.
  • The Malaysian currency unit is Ringgit (RM) and sen, where 100 sen equals one Ringgit. US$ 1 is roughly RM 3.20 (Check www.oanda.com for up to date exchange rates). Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers at the airport and in Kuantan and at some hotels.
  • Visitors are not permitted to take more than RM 1000 in Malaysian currency out of the country and no more in foreign currency than was brought in.

Medical Services and vaccinations

  • There is a hospital as well as various private clinics in Kuantan, about 45 minutes away by car. The small town of Kemaman, about 20 minutes away by car also has a clinic.
  • The only vaccination requirements are yellow fever for those from infected areas. Cholera, smallpox and malaria have largely been eliminated. Discuss your needs with an experienced travel doctor.

Telephone
There are phone booths operated by different companies which either accept coins or phone cards. Almost all hotels have phone facilities and some have International Direct Dialling (IDD) phones in the rooms. International calls can be direct-dialled from private phones, some public phone booths using a phone card and Telekom offices. The access code for making international calls from Malaysia is 00. For more information, dial 103.

Internet
Capacity dot com and the Travelpost in Cherating Village offers Internet access amongst other services. Some cafés have wireless Internet Access and more expensive hotels offer chargeable broadband and wireless Internet access.

Language
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood.

Time
Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

Driving
Visitors will need an international driving licence. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and it is advisable to observe the speed limits, which are generally 50km/h in the city or residential areas and 80km/h or 110km/h on the highway and expressway.

Police and the Law
There is a small Police Station in Cherating Village, on the main road towards Kuantan.

Water
Tap water is safe for drinking in Malaysia, provided that it is boiled first. Hotels usually provide bottled water for guests in their rooms.

Religion
The official religion of Malaysia is Islam but there is freedom of worship.

Photography
Most of the hotels have small stores that sell film and shops in the village sell and develop film.

Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory but is widely practised. RM2-RM5.

Anti-drug law
Visitors to Malaysia are advised that the trafficking of drugs in the country is an offence punishable by the death penalty.

Electricity
Malaysian electricity voltage is on a 240 volt 50-cycle system and uses a UK-style three-pin plug. European two-pin plugs can be used with a simple plastic adaptor, freely available. 

Immigration
Citizens from the following countries are required to have a visa to visit Malaysia : North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. Nationals other than those stated will receive a visa upon arrival or are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month. However, it is recommended that visa enquiries are made at the Malaysian embassy or Malaysian consulate closest to you, as regulations are subject to change. Also check http://www.imi.gov.my/ for updated information.

Tourist Information Centers
Please contact the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board for tourist information. (http://tourism.gov.my)

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