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Malaysia

  • Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
the iconic Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
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Dubbed as "Truly Asia" for its eclectic racial and cultural groups, it is a country with natural wonders, beautiful islands, pristine beaches, colorful festivals and unique culinary delights.
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Malaysia, a multicultural and diverse nation with a panoramic vista of sparkling blue water beaches, lush rainforest and the vibrant capital city of Kuala Lumpur with a skyline dominated by the stunning Petronas Twin Towers. Located in the heart of South East Asia, Malaysia lacks none of the raison d’etre that attracts and awes visitors to Asia.

Malaysia, a former British colony, is made up of two primary land masses separated by the South China Sea : Peninsular Malaysia (the Western half) and East Malaysia located on the island of Borneo. With its close proximity to the Equator, Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures rising to as high as 36 degrees celsius and dropping to around 25 degrees celsius in the higher elevations.

Blessed with the abundance and diversity of nature, Malaysia truly has something for everyone. Dive in the world class diving site at Pulau Sipadan, relax on white sandy beaches and blue waters of Pulau Perhentian, trek in one of the oldest rainforest in the world at Taman Negara, climb the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu, or enjoy the cool temperature on a hill station at Cameron Highlands, a holiday to this tropical paradise will no doubt be a memorable one.

The Malaysian calendar is overflowing with festivals of all kinds due to its diverse religious, ethnic and multicultural makeup of Malays, Chinese, Indians and a mixture of other races and indigenous peoples. Be it Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Thaipusam or Christmas, a highlight of any of these festival season is the unique Malaysian culture of “open house”, where those celebrating invite visitors including friends and families into their homes to partake in the traditional festive dishes and enjoy the warm feeling of family.

Malaysia is a gastronomic paradise and the streets are chock a block full of hawker stalls where you can find a wide assortment of local delicacies to tempt your palette at any hour of the day. Along with this spicy yet flavorful spread, you can indulge in some of Malaysia’s exotic fruits such as rambutan, mangosteen and durian, also known as the King of fruits, which can be found on almost every street corner.

Keeping in line with Malaysia’s carefree way of life, for most western nationalities there is no need to arrange visas beforehand, where you will receive a 90 day entry stamp upon arrival at any border crossing. As always, check with your embassy before leaving home to verify your visa or entry permit status.


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Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
A view from Low's peak, the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu.

Malaysia constitutes of thirteen states and three Federal Territories, with a total landmass of 329,845 square kilometres (127,354 sq mi). The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The population stands at over 28 million. The country is separated by the South China Sea into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo (also known as East Malaysia). Malaysia borders Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Brunei. It is near the equator and has a tropical climate. Malaysia's head of state is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, an elected monarch, and the head of government is the Prime Minister. The government is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system.


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Pulau Perhentian Besar
Pulau Perhentian Besar

Malaysia is a country in South-East Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. West (peninsular) Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, is connected by a causeway and a bridge (the 'second link') to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia.
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 a rich nation in South-East Asia. Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix: there is high-tech infrastructure and things generally work well and more or less on schedule, but prices remain more reasonable than, say, Singapore.


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