Sabah experiences a tropical climate throughout the year with temperatures between 28 degrees celcius to 32 degrees celcius. Average rainfall is 250cm - 300cm with the wettest months between November and February. For visitors, light clothing is advised and warm garments need to be worn only at hill resorts.
Bahasa Malaysia is the national language although English is widely spoken. Mandarin and other Chinese dialects are also widely spoken.
Islam is the national religion but freedom of worship is guaranteed under the Malaysian constitution.
The Malaysian Currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM) which is available in RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 note. Credit cards are accepted in major shopping centres and established stores. Malaysian currency is advisable in smaller towns and markets.
Business hours for banks are 9.30am - 4pm from Mondays to Fridays and 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturdays. All banks are closed on the first and third Saturdays of the month, Sundays and pubic holidays.
Licensed Money Changer Located at major shopping centres in the city and major urban centres, Hotels and airport also offer money changing services.
Post Office and Telephone Facilities
The main post office provides telex, courier (Pos Laju), local and international services. The business hours are 8am - 6pm (Monday to Saturday), 10am - 1pm (Sunday). International calls can be made from public phone booths. Major hotels have quiet and convenient cardphone booths. Cybercafes with internet services are easily found in urban areas.
There is ample electricity (240 volts 50 cycle system) and piped water supply throughout the country.
The standard Malaysian time is eight hours ahead of GMT.