Planning your first trip to Petaling Jaya or, perhaps, Malaysia? Here are a few quick tips to help ensure your visit is a seamless one.

When to Go: Expect it to be hot and humid—sometimes very much so—in equatorial Petaling Jaya. Daily temperatures tend to range from the low-20s to low-30s Celsius year round, though it’s consistently warmer from March to June, and mildly cooler in December and January. It rains all year, as well, though storms rarely last long; the heaviest rainfall tends to arrive between November and February.

Pack sun-protection products, and umbrellas can be useful in helping shield the sun, too. It’s essential to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, particularly when out and about during the sweltering midday heat.

Visas: With the exception of Chinese, Indian, and Indonesian passport holders, all other visitors are granted free visas on arrival in Malaysia that are valid for 14 to 90 days. 

Language: Malay is Malaysia’s official language, while Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, and English are all official languages in neighbouring Singapore. Most Malaysians visitors would encounter in Petaling Jaya and greater Johor Bahru, including taxi drivers and service staff, speak English.

Safety: Petaling Jaya and Johor Bahru are generally safe places free of any violent crimes. Pickpocketing and petty theft does occur from time to time in busy areas of JB, however, so men should move wallets to their front pocket, while women should keep handbags zipped and secured.

Drinking Water: Do not drink tap water in Petaling Jaya without first boiling it; otherwise drink bottled water.