Malaysia: What to expect (cultural shock, food, transportation and accommodation)


Culture shock is an experience a person may have when one moves to a cultural environment which is different from one’s own. It is normal; and isn’t something to be ignored, but rather embraced. Each student’s experience will be different. There are strategies to help you manage and embrace culture shock, which is all a part of a challenging and rewarding in-country experience. Check out the video below on tips to navigate culture shock when studying abroad:


Walk down some streets in Kuala Lumpur and you’ll pass an Indian man pulling tissue-thin dough for roti canai next to Chinese women tossing noodles in soy sauce. You can eat dim sum for breakfast and mutton curry for lunch. Out late? Pull out a few ringgit and take your pick of char kuey teow (wide rice noodles and prawns fired up in a screaming hot wok with chili and soy); fluffy ghee-coated naan; a plastic bag of pickled mango; or a bowl of tom yum.

Malaysia foods

Malaysia’s culinary style is a vibrant mix of flavours from its Malay, Chinese, Indian  and indigenous citizens. This results in a symphony of flavours, making Malaysian cuisine highly complex and diverse; and a treat for the tastebuds.


Malaysia has well developed transport networks and efficient rail links. Its international airports are well connected to bus and train services, making travel to, from and around the country easy and efficient.

Most domestic transport in Malaysia is comfortable and reasonably priced. In Kuala Lumpur, residents get around on buses, minibuses, taxis, as well as trains (KL Monorail and Komuter transit trains).

Kuala Lumpur residents rely more and more heavily on ride sharing apps like Uber and MyTeksi/ GrabTaxi as public transport isn’t as well connected as it can be. Have a few different apps downloaded so you increase your options as it can be hard to get a car, especially if you arent in central areas. It can also be expensive if you require a ride during peak periods so plan ahead – traffic can certainly be heavier than what you’d expect in Australia. You can also rely on local taxis, though they are perhaps one of the less pleasant aspects of living in KL. Main concerns include taxis that are poorly maintained; with taxi drivers that do not want to use the meter or choose not to take passengers because the journey is too short or long.

While your accommodation will be reasonably near public transport, it is advisable that you familiarise yourself with other transport options. Previous students have set aside a budget to travel to and from their workplace with Uber because it is more convenient.


After a productive day working, retreat home to your comfortable nest.

Throughout the duration of your internship, we will always endeavor to have you staying in shared accommodation which has security, Wi-fi and a swimming pool. However, this might not always be the case. It is important that you keep an open-mind and can be flexible with last minute changes concerning your accommodation while in-country.

For example, these residential blocks may have a gym and even sundry shops or small cafes located on site, but this might not always be the case. Often, they are usually located within walking distance of public transport. The level of furnishings may differ from site to site. At times, there might be a cleaning service provided once a week. Some apartments may have washing machines, while some will have a “drop-off, pick-up” laundry service on the premises which charge by the kilo.

Here are some images of what you can expect to stay in when completing your Industry Study Tour and Internship in Kuala Lumpur.

Bistari Malaysia pic 2

Malaysia accom pic 1

Seri Maya Malaysia pic 3

Seri Maya Malaysia pic 4

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