Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.
Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. There are two parts to the country, 11 states in the peninsula of Malaysia and two states on the northern part of Borneo. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.
For the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.
Area 329.750 km2 | 198,115 sq mi
Population 26.6 million
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Language Malay, English
Time UTC 8
Kuala Lumpur | George Town | Johor Bahru | Kuantan | Kota Kinabalu | Kuching | Malacca | Miri | Putrajaya
Some of the most stunningly beautiful things about Malaysia are its tropical islands. And there's more to them than sun, sand and surf: particularly on the East Coast and Borneo's Sipadan there are coral reefs and hence excellent diving.
Labuan - offshore finance centre off the coast of East Malaysia, Borneo
Langkawi - An archipelago of 99 islands this is a destination known for its beaches, rainforest, mountains, mangrove estuaries and unique nature. It is home to some of Malaysia's most opulent resorts all the way through to very reasonable budget accommodation. It is a duty free port which makes for a great value destination.
Pangkor - fishing community and less well-known tourist destination off the west coast
Penang (Pulau Pinang) - former British colony known as the "Pearl of the Orient", and bustling island city with excellent cuisine
Perhentian Islands - glittering jewels off the East Coast still undiscovered by mass tourism
Redang Island - popular destination for scuba divers
Sipadan Island - remote scuba diving paradise at the easternmost tip of Malaysia
Tioman Island - once nominated one of the most beautiful islands in the world
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