Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. It has land borders with Thailand in West Malaysia, and Indonesia and Brunei in East Malaysia. It is linked to Singapore by a narrow causeway and a bridge. Malaysia is divided into two main geographical regions, commonly known as Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia which are separated by the South China Sea. Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richer nations in Southeast Asia..Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture.11 state and 2 federal territories Kuala Lumpur and Putrajava
The overall infrastructure of Malaysia is one of the most developed in Asia and ranked 8th in Asia and 25th in the world. Malaysia is ranked 19th in the world for its quality roads, quality of port infrastructure and quality of air transport infrastructure.
Malaysia is a fascinating country with many faces. It’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, and its attractions vary from the iconic Petronas twin Towers in bustling Kuala Lumpur to perfect sandy beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungles with orangutangs and tigers.There are various impressive national parks. Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Malaysia and one of the best places to see proboscis monkeys. The vast jungles of Taman Negara have become a popular destination for ecotourists, just like the remote but gorgeous Gunung Mulu National Park, a World Heritage Site famous for its limestone karst formations, stone pinnacles and huge caves.
For many people, Malaysia brings pictures of pristine beaches with great diving opportunities to mind – and for good reason. Sipadan off the coast of Sabah, and the beautiful Perhentian Islands are among the best (and most popular) places.
Follow the crowds to the postcard perfect sands of the Langkawi Islands, where you can have a cocktail on the beach and stay in one of the many resorts.
Malaysia has excellent scuba diving. The most popular spots are the islands off the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia (Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and many more), although the dive season is limited to April to September.
For a completely different experience, consider going to Kota Bharu to discover a unique conservative Islamic regional culture influenced by Thailand, only a few kilometres away, or visit the diverse cities of East Malaysia, like Kuching and Kota Kinabalu…
- Kuala Lumpur— the multi-cultural capital, home of the Petronas Towers
- George Town— the cultural and cuisine capital of Penang
- Ipoh— capital of Perak with historic colonial old town
- Johor Bahru— capital of Johor, and the gateway to Singapore
- Kuantan– capital of Pahang, and commercial centre of the east coast
- Kota Kinabalu— close to tropical islands, lush rain forest and Mount Kinabalu
- Kuching— capital of Sarawak
- Malacca(Melaka) — the historical city of Malaysia with colonial-style architecture
- Miri — resort city of Sarawak and gateway to UNESCO World Heritage Site Gunung Mulu National Park
- Cameron Highlands— famous for its tea plantations
- Fraser’s Hill— a time warp to the colonial era
- Kinabalu National Park— home of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in South East Asia
- Langkawi— an archipelago of 99 islands known for its beaches, rainforest, mountains, mangrove estuaries and unique nature. It’s also a duty-free island
- Penang(Pulau Pinang) — formerly known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, now bustling island with excellent cuisine which has retained more colonial heritage than anywhere else in the country
- Perhentian Islands(Pulau Perhentian) — glittering jewels off the East Coast still undiscovered by mass tourism
- Redang(Pulau Redang) — popular island destination for scuba divers
- Taman Negara National Park— a large area of rainforest spanning Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu
- Tioman(Pulau Tioman) — once nominated one of the most beautiful islands in the world