Lifestyle in Malaysia


If you wish to explore a mixture of cultures and lifestyles, Malaysia can be the ideal destination for you. Find out more in this article.

Settling in Malaysia can be a very enriching experience in many ways. It will not only allow you benefit from a booming economy but also discover new cultures and lifestyles. In fact, you are likely to be exposed to a different rhythm of life, allowing you to spend time with your family and friends. You will also be able to live adventurous and unique experience and to discover local cultures and cuisines, etc.


Life in Malaysia is marked by several events and festivals, some of which have been initiated so as to develop and preserve the local culture and traditions. Moreover, Kuala Lumpur and other major cities have a rich cultural, gastronomic and sports agenda.


Public behavior and dressing care are two key aspects of the Malaysian society. In fact, these are considered as a sign of respect. As regards foreigners, they are considered as being their countries' ambassadors and are received with great hospitality everywhere.

Food is also an essential part of the Malaysian cultures and habits. Indeed, Malaysians love to eat: three meals a day, accompanied by numerous snacks. Moreover, they are used to eating with their fingers rather than with cutlery. However, beware if you wish to imitate them: the left hand is considered to be unclean. Hence, use your right hand to taste a dish.

Street food

Street food is also very popular in Malaysia. Street hawkers' stalls are known as "kedai kopi" or "mamak". These offer a wide range of special dishes which you can enjoy on the spot or even take away.

Public holidays

Holidays in Malaysia mainly depend on the different communities' lunar calendar. Thus, most holidays are defined according to religious beliefs such as New Year, Chinese New Year, Eid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan), Eid-Ul-Adha (the Sacrifice of Abraham) or Divali (the Festival of lights).

Other festivities such as Labor Day or Christmas are also public holidays in Malaysia.


Malaysians generally enjoy various types of water sports. In fact, the country has many beautiful and clean beaches with a pleasant water temperature. You can enjoy not only swimming and diving but also kayaking, canoeing and even windsurfing. Golf is the population's second favorite sport.

Moreover, Malaysia is known to be a tourist destination for its relaxation and wellness activities, both for men and women. You are likely to find many professional spas and wellness centers there.

 Useful links:

Malaysia Most Wanted Food - food critic blog in Malaysia - News and sport agenda
Public Holidays - Calendar of national holidays

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