Private guides and guided tours in Malaysia
Currency: Ringgit (MYR)
Guide Licensing Information
COMMENTS ABOUT Malaysia:
Malaysia is the country where two cultures are predominant – continental and insular. Skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur are can be found side by side with wonderful beaches of Kalimantan; traditional markets and modern shopping centers are equally popular in Malaysia. In contrast to other tourist destinations Malaysia is still a country of primeval nature, carefully kept traditions, clean beaches and high quality service. It may come as a surprise for you but rich white people didn’t distort the beauty and exoticism of this attractive country, which literally abounds in landmarks and places of interest.
A relatively wealthy tourist would be able to find here luxurious hotels, excellent diving, wonderful cuisine, and the charm of noisy markets of the Southern East. It is worth noting that if you are interested strictly in partying, you can find this kind of entertainment only in the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur. The main resorts of Malaysia are Langkawi, Penang and Sipadan. National parks of Malaysia are also worth visiting, and truth be told they attract thousands of curious tourists each and every year.
The climate here is hot and humid are there are practically no seasonal changes. The period from November till January is considered to be the coolest, seeing as the maximum temperature equals +26C. During the summertime the maximum temperature reaches +33C, and it’s not so easy to bear because of the high level of humidity.
Guide Licensing Information for Malaysia
Malaysia has grown to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire South-East Asia partially due to the active role the government plays in the promotion of tourist services abroad. That’s why the guiding activity in this country is very strictly regulated and involves several types of licenses for different kinds of activities (boat tours, forest tours, mountain climbing, culture tours, medical tours, etc.). Nevertheless, the country’s authorities are rather open in terms of administrative procedures so it won’t be that hard to get a license. All tour guide licenses in Malaysia are issued by the Tourism Malaysia national agency and are divided into several levels:
Green tour guide license is the simplest and the easiest to get. It can be obtained by completing 1-2 week courses, which are offered at most tourist sites, and grants you the right to conduct official tours only at that specific site.
Beige license can be obtained by completing a basic tour guide training course that lasts for three months, followed by another three months of practice. After that the applicant will have to pass state exam, which will grant the beige tour guide license. With this license the guide can provide guiding services in most tourist sites all over the country.
Blue license is an advanced guiding license that offers many advantages and serves as a proof of the guide’s proficiency in the domain. It can be obtained only after working for at least two years with the beige license and successfully passing the confirmation course and examination at the Tourism Malaysia agency.