Malaysia - General Info
Voltage: 240 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
For tips about boatyard practices in SE Asia and how to avoid pitfalls see: Getting work done on your boat whilst long distance cruising.
Friday is the muslim day of prayer so most businesses are closed.
Ramadan in August is like the Muslim Christmas and consequently most businesses are closed.
Malaysian dollar or ringgit (RGT) divided into 100 cents or sen.
All large towns and cities have banks with ATM facilities. Many places accept credit cards.
International Dialing code for Malaysia is +60.
A prepaid SIM card for Malaysia is a practical option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid Malaysia cell phone with a better rate than you’d pay for a Malaysia cell phone rental. It’s also a trouble-free ticket to using the same options that the Malaysians themselves use—the local Malaysian cell phone system. The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone, helps you keep the lines of communication open without being burdened by high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad with voicemail and FREE incoming calls.
SE Asia Cruisers Net
THIS NET IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL.
New Ferry Service between Phuket (Thailand) and Langkawi (Malaysia) - December 2012
Phuket to Langkawi - departs 08:00, arrives 18:00.
Langkawi to Phuket - departs 09:00, arrives 17:00.
Go to http://www.tigerlinetravel.com/ for further details.
October/November – Sail Malaysia Rally usually starts in November after yachts arrive in Malaysian waters after the Sail Indonesia Rally. This is a real cruisers rally.
November – Raja Muda Regatta. Starts in Port Klang Malaysia and travels to Pankor Laut, Penang and Langkawi Malaysia. Passage races and around the buoys in Penang and Langkawi.This event has a strong cruising class and has been running for over 25 years.
Police & Ambulance - Dial 999
Fire - Dial 994
From Mobile Phone 112
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
South East Asia Pilot - 5th Edition (2016)
By: Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden
Publisher: Image Asia Press
Now in its 25th year of publication, the 5th edition sees major updates. The guide encompasses approximately three million square miles of some of the best cruising grounds in the world. The authors have compiled the information over more than two decades of personal experience in the region and have invited a number of well qualified voyagers to provide updates.
See The Noonsite review at Southeast Asia Pilot review.
Southeast Asia Cruising Guide Volume II
By Stephen Davies and Elaine Morgan
Published by Inray (2nd Edn 2008)
This guide covers Indonesia, Timor Este, Singapore, West Malaysia, West Thailand, PNG and Palau.
Corrections for the 1st Ed. up to 2005 are at www.imray.com/corrections/SE_Asia_Vol_II_sup_6.pdf
From Yangon To Manila Bay: The Cruising Almanac 2005
by Joanna Greenfield
Publisher - Cross Time Matrix Sdn Bhd
Published: Dec 2004
This book contains sailing notes from every country in the region including little-known areas such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and, for the first time, Vietnam. It is also a one-stop reference guide which lists major hotels, boat repair engineers, chandleries, brokerages and hardware suppliers.
Cruising Malaysian Borneo
by Sue and John Woods
This comprehensive cruising guide provides over 100 pages of useful information about anchorages, towns, rivers and many facilities (general and marine) available in Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak. It gives some demographics about the Malaysian states and Brunei, and describes many practical aspects of cruising this coastline.
Available from Amazon Kindle in electronic form for US$3.99 (ASIN:BO1N53PD54) or as a paperback for US$19.99 (ISBN:9781520219882).
For more information contact Sue Woods on email: email@example.com
AHOY Penang - A Hub of Yachting
Set up by long-term SE Asia cruiser Jennifer Rouse in May 2016, this group is for cruisers to share important information and fun things about destinations in the Straits of Melaka - Penang. It is also a good place to report any security incidents whilst cruising in Malaysian waters.
Anchorages in Indonesia & Malaysia (2010)
SY Pacific Express have recorded the Lat and Longs of all their anchorages with comments.
Notes on Malaysia by SV Ocelot (2009-2010)
Whilst the information on this blog is from a few years ago, it is still very useful for those intending on cruising Indonesia and covers anchorages on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, and below that, Malaysian Borneo. Plus downloadable track files in both MaxSea (.ptf) format and in OpenCPN (.gpx) format.
Complete Guide to Diving Sipadan Island
Paradise for divers in the Celebes Sea, 35km south of Semporna off the coast of Sabah, Borneo (January 2015).
August 2015: Security, health and clearance for Sabah updated.
July 2015: Publications checked
February 2015: Formalities checked. Weather links updated.
July 2013: Update on new visa rules for Sarawak & Sabah from Janice Wooller of mv Yawarra II.
July 2013: Duty free import information from Chris Marchant of SY Gryphon 2.
January 2013: Fingerprinting and Fees information from Alison Innes of SY Rex 1.
January 2013: All web addresses checked. Customs and Immigration also checked/updated.
July 2012: Security section added.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.