Gap Year in Malaysia

A Gap Year in Malaysia is a treat for Wildlife lovers, Beach and Nature Lovers. From conservation efforts in the rainforests of Borneo to the hiking up Mt. Kinabalu, from exploring the wilderness at Gunung Mulu National Park to following the old Headhunters’ Trail, it’s time explore it all in Malaysia. You can also club your adventure travel in Malaysia with trips in Singapore, Thailand and other parts of South East Asia, customised especially for you by Team Go Discover Abroad.

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Most Recommended Trips in Malaysia

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Expriencing The Best Of Western Borneo & Mt. Kinabalu

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the Visa requirements?

All travelers need to acquire a visa from a Malaysian Diplomatic Mission in their respective countries unless they are nationals of the visa exempt countries. Nationals of a few countries are eligible to apply for e-Visa. A Malaysian e-Visa is valid for up to 3 months and an e-Visa holder is entitled to stay up to a maximum of 15 or 30 days for each visit in Malaysia.
 

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

I am a single traveler. Will I be charged a single-supplement?

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 
 

Will I get to know others in my group before I travel?

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Malaysia, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

What are the vaccinations I need to take for traveling in Malaysia?

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Cholera, Typhoid, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis for traveling in Malaysia. If you’re traveling to Malaysia from a country that is at risk from Yellow Fever then you’ll need to show proof of your immunization against Yellow Fever.  
 

How much extra money will I need to carry?

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Malaysia. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 25-35 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Malaysia, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 

What should I pack for my travels to Malaysia?

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Malaysia. The climate in Malaysia is split between wet and dry throughout the year. In the months of March-June Malaysia sees some of the worst rains and high humidity, so it is suggested to pack in cotton clothing, dresses in breathable fabrics and rain gear. Rest of the year is pretty much hot and humid along with rainfall, so you’re good to pack your summer comfort wears.
 

Do I need to book extra nights of Hotel Accommodation before or after the tour?

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
 

Are Airport transfers included?

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.