Getting around in Malaysia can be a bit of a nightmare for people who don’t know what they are doing. It can be even worse for people who rent cars.
If you aren’t used to driving in cities and you don’t want to spend a large chunk of change, you definitely don’t want to rent a car. Instead, you’ll have to rely on the public transportation options available to you.
Here are just a few of your options;
Taxis are found all over the city and they use meters, however you can’t always rely on the taxis. Sometimes the drivers won’t be the best and they will severely overcharge you, sometimes twice what you should pay. Also note that taxi drivers will go extremely fast and if there is a working seatbelt in the taxi, you should absolutely use it.
You should also consider closing your eyes.
While the taxi system has become better over the last few years, you still have to be careful. If you are going a long distance, there are long-distance taxis available but you will need four people or you’ll have to pay the fare for the missing people.
Instead of using a taxi, you might want to consider downloading the Uber app. This will allow you to pick the safest drivers to get you where you want to go and you don’t have to worry about hailing the cab. It will also make the exchange of money non-existent because you pay right through the app.
If you are going throughout George Town or Melaka and you need to get through the crowded streets quickly, a rickshaw might be your best bet.
The busses in Malaysia are cheap and convenient once you’ve figured out your system. If you have someone with you who is willing to walk you through the system, it will be easier for you to use these.
Just like many other cities, there is a Light Rail Transit (LRT) option as well. Malaysia is lucky enough to have a monorail system as well. If you go to a station near a major tourist hub, there will be plenty of people there to assist you with getting to your chosen destination.
In many places in Malaysia, you might just be better off with walking. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are putting the safety of your family above everything else. While one way might seem “easier” or cheaper, it isn’t worth putting everyone in danger.