What to spend your Ringgit on
24 hour ticket for the Hop On Hop Off bus in Kuala Lumpur
Admission to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
A soft drink in a restaurant
Taxi from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kuala Lumpur city centre
Entrance to the Petronas Twin Towers
Must-sees in Malaysia
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The history of the ringgit
The names ‘ringgit’ and ‘sen’ were officially given to the Malaysian currency in 1975, replacing the terms ‘dollar’ and ‘cent’ respectively, but you might find this terminology is still used in some rural parts of the country. There are 100 sen to every ringgit, and these are found in coin form. The most common coins are to the value of 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen.
Unusually, it is really not expected that visitors will leave a tip in Malaysia. A service charge may be added to your restaurant bill, but apart from that, customers are generally not expected to leave tips.
Frequently used banknotes
The current series of banknotes includes notes to the value of 1 (blue), 5 (green), 10 (red), 20 (orange), 50 (blue and green) and 100 (purple) ringgit. Singapore dollars are accepted in many of the larger cities, along with most major credit cards.
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