ATMs are available at the airport, malls, and shopping centers, and at many large hotels. Although credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops, discounts are often given if you use cash. All night markets accept only cash, and having small bills on hand will help you get better deals.

Currency and Exchange

The local currency of Malaysia is the ringgit, made up of 100 sen. Notes come in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100; and coins are 5, 10, 20, and 50. As of this writing, US$1 equals about RM4.


GST is 6%, and hotels and restaurants generally charge an extra 5%–10%.


Tipping is not part of Malaysian culture.

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