tomorrow after comparing prices for 2 weeks,
checking my mental health and smart thinking etc...
I'm going to order a one way ticket to Malaysia where I'll stay
for as long as it takes to get a "taste" of the country
(which from what I read should be approx 25-30 days)
anyway I checked the guide and didn't see anything mentioned
of problems with one way tickets but a google search
found me an australian official site of malaysia which mentioned problems,...
anyone from europe/anywhere who can enlighten me ?
also on a similar thread (... to Thailand) it was mentioned to just book a ticket with airasia
so you don't get in problems, so what destination would you guys recommend then,
cause the neighbouring countries I could visit as well with trains so those would be kind of stupid ...
profile: beginner, non-luxury-non-camping
thx in advance
Don't worry about it. I think the rules of requiring a return ticket is there, but it's never been enforced -- at least not to European and other developed countries.
Thailand was in a similar situation before. But when the military took control of the government a couple of years ago, they started to enforce it. Some TP members have reported that they were never asked for it, but there were also others who reported to have been asked to show one or be denied entry. I guess it's selective, and it's up to you if you want to risk it.
As for Malaysia, just go and get your one-way ticket.
thx for the confirmation,
now I only have to worry about getting a backpack
travel guide, water tablets my last vaccination, new pants,...
daimd I wish I could ffwd 2 weeks
You may have a problem with the airline when you are leaving your home country, as sometimes they want to see a visa or proof of a return before they will let you on the plane.
Entering Malaysia on a one way will not be a problem.
Tape water are safe for drinking (local practice boil & drink / filter).
Most of the backpacker's place provide clean drinking water.
Bottled water are easily available.
Water tablet - if you are going to more rural areas / mount climbing / jungle tracking.
Note - It is wet season now (rain most of the afternoon), so get an umbrella.
Mind below are the public holidays and school holiday in Malaysia, therefore $$ for accommodation might be slightly higher / traffic..
8 Dec - Haj
11 Dec - Sultan of the State of Selangor Birthday
25 Dec - Christmas
29 Dec - Awal Muharam
@ lizp, thx for additional warning, I'll look as touristy as possible, be presentable etc., hope that will be enough ...
maybe I'll try to contact the malaysian ambassy in belgium by mail or smth to check ...
just don't want to be to stuck, and getting the visa now will be lots of running ... + I'm from "the good" countries who get 90day permit wiiii ...
@ e7843, thx for the additional tips!! just checked wikipedia which had helpful description for all the holidays
However: Is there some sort of "public" celebration of haj ? Like townfest or the likes ? Or is it more like family-centered ? Is there any possibility of celebrating this with a local family "getting submerged" in the culture would be extremely "special" (for lack of a better word).
Sorry for the new questions, still in shock of "pushing" the button, and trying to plan as much as possible so I don't feel like a lost alien upon arrival,...
for all helpfull people: I've you ever come to belgium while I'm around I'll buy you a beer(belgian invention)/or belgian fries(which are called french fries/freedom fries in both cases because of the americans )
BTW: Just wandering: in some threads they recommend taking some small "stuff" for the locals, since I'll probably have like zero space; do you think small chocalates are a good thing ? (which I'll probably have to divide in like 2 days before totally melting ..
BTW2: Any super duper umbrella types ? in example: compact, yet big, decent quality, light ...
thx a bunch,
my mind is going wild, ...
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 19, 2008, at 4:39 PM by tijl ]
I had no problem getting into Malaysia with no outward ticket. But that was by train. I did fly into singapore and wasnt asked about outward tickets from there.
Im not so sure about taking chocolate out with you. They do seem to be football crazy over that way. While in the smaller villages i did see alot of children playing football with bottle tops ect. I thought it would be nice to just have some cheep small balls to hand out ( soft ones ) to local kids.
Bottled water is cheep and you can buy it just about everywhere .
I found Malaysia friendly and welcoming and im sure your have a great time.
Welcome to Malaysia...You shouldn't have a problem with a one way ticket for the short period of stay. Generally, no visa is required for 3 months. The usual policies of not working or doing business without permit is applicable. You can log into the Malaysian Immigration website at http://www.imi.gov.my if you need further clarification.
Towards the end of the year, there will be the usual Xmas and New year's Eve celebrations and you will be able to see all the hotels , departmental stores beautifully decked to usher in the xmas and New Year spirit. Most of the festivals are over with . The Chinese community will be welcoming the Winter solstice festival to herald in the Chinese New which falls on 27th Jan 2009. The custom is dying out these days as the younger generation are not in favour of eating the coloured glutinous balls in a bowl of syrup.
There's no necessity to bring chocolates in....unless you would like to present some to friends you have here...but it's not a must. Malaysians are easy going people and they welcome your friendship most.
Enjoy your stay.
Hi, thx for extra advice,
tomorrow even more shopping and will look for some small soccer balls thx for the tip
getting more positive everyday about this trip which is a good thing, cause I'm leaving so soon