Using GPS to explore Malaysia

GPS deviceGPS device (10 August, 2015)

The GPS or Global Positioning System is a marvellous tool for exploring Malaysia. Now you can explore the whole country without fear of getting lost. The Exploring Malaysia website works perfectly with this tool, in helping you determine Places of Interest that are worth visiting.

If you don't yet have a GPS, you can shop for GPS from Amazon and purchase it online.

I am in the process of placing GPS Coordinates for all the must-see sights for every state in the country. These appear on the Exploring Malaysia and Penang Travel Tips websites.

How to start exploring Malaysia?

To have you find your way, the information on the places of interest (also called points of interest, POI, or sights) are separated by state, then by major city, and then by smaller towns and finally by individual sight. For example, let's say you plan to explore Kangar, Perlis. Using the search box, type "Kangar" and press search.

This will take you to the page on Kangar, where you will find a list of Places of Interests with their GPS coordinates. The coordinates are provided Latitude followed by Longitude. Make sure you key them in the correct order, otherwise your GPS will not understand the location.


Let's say you want to go to Rumah Dato Wan Ahmad in Kedah. Listed on the Exploring Malaysia's Kangar Travel Guide, its GPS is 6.43725, 100.18608. This means, the Latitude is 6.43725, and the Longitude is 100.18608. (In my own GPS device, the Longitude is shown above the Latitude, so make sure you key in the right set of numbers into the correct cell.)

GPS deviceSelect "Coordinate" on your GPS device (10 August, 2015)

GPS deviceKey in the Longitude and Latitude into your GPS device (10 August, 2015)

Press OK and the GPS will start searching for you the destination.

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