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Internet In Malaysia
by: Sophia

The internet has become a necessity rather than a privilege. Whether it is for business or pleasure, many require the internet as a tool for connecting with the rest of the world. So what do you do when you have an itch to check your mail or to find out who’s added you to their Friendster list?


Unfortunately, Malaysia isn’t exactly a hotspot for internet access. You would be able to get internet access if you’re in one of the major cities but if you’re planning to visit outside the city or one of the many islands, be prepared to go without the internet. Besides, isn’t a quiet holiday supposed to be free from distractions?


Don’t expect high speed ADSL when you’re in Malaysia. Wireless internet (WiFi) recently gained popularity so they are a step (or a few steps to some) behind in terms of technology. The most popular place to get WiFi is Starbucks. If you have a notebook, just plug it in and surf away. All outlets would provide wireless internet at the price of a cup of coffee. Other establishments such as cafes and food courts have recently adopted the WiFi craze as well. You’ll also be able to hook up to the internet at most hotels around the city. Whether or not you have to pay for the service is a different matter altogether. Some places would provide free internet and others might not. Just ask around and someone will be able to point you in the right direction.


For those who don’t own a notebook (or didn’t see it fit to lug it halfway across the world), cybercafés would be an alternative. Surf the net at about RM2.50 per hour, 24 hours a day. most of these cybercafés are open 24 hours a day to accommodate the youngsters who devote their life to gaming. You might feel like the odd one out when you’re the only one utilising Internet Explorer while everyone else is participating in online gaming but do not fret, the cybercafés are there for everyone to use. Just get in, do what you need and get out.


If you’re travelling to a rather remote area such as Redang Island or Cameron Highlands, internet access might be a bit of a problem. You’re better off sending out an automatic email reply stating that you’ll be unreachable for a couple of days. Even if hotels and resorts do offer internet access, they’ll probably charge you an arm and a leg for it. You’re supposed to be on a holiday, not fidgeting because you can’t Google someone, something or some place.


In any case, if you’re worried about being disconnected from the world during your visit to Malaysia, fear no more. Unless you’re planning to travel to a remote location you will be able to check your mail and chat on MSN with your friends. The transfer rate might not be as swift as most technologically advanced countries, but it serves its purpose. If your aim is to stream video or download large files then you might have to sit down for awhile and in some cases, that might be costly. So just in case, bring a notebook if you want free WiFi.

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About The Author

Sophia, Writer for Malaysia
Sophia writes for Streetdirectory Malaysia. Robert J. Steiner manages & is an online gifts and flower site in Malaysia. Sophia is a music graduate from Trinity College London. In between classes, she still finds time to write movie and music reviews for various online and print publications. Now venturing into travel writing, she is able to blend both her passion for wordplay with her passion for travel. 

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