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MALAYSIA


Malaysia, truly Asia: Melting pot of people and cultures, is an exotic holiday destination where you can experience a whole gamut of Asian sights, tastes and sounds. Endowed with magnificent scenic wonders and a colourful thriving cosmopolitan elegance, with rainforests dating back 130 million years that still retain their ancient splendours while bustling cities and towns boasts of modern day sophistication.

In the heart of SE Asia, the country consists of two separate land masses with a total of 330,343 sq km. Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia is bordered by Thailand in the North and Singapore in the South. East Malaysia, comprising the states of Sabah and Sarawak, stretches along the northern region of Borneo. The two land masses are separated by the South China Sea.

Malaysia has an exuberant celebration of festivals, customs, traditions and a tempting array of multicultural cuisines. Opportunities for adventure are as numerous as they are diverse. From jungle trekking, mountain climbing, caving, and mountain biking, to river safari’s, whitewater rafting, diving, sailing, off road excitement and more. Its ancient rainforests, climatic stability, plentiful rainfall, and tropical greenhouse heat have endowed Malaysia with a cornucopia of bizarre life forms.

Just click on the destinations on the map below for your Travel Guide info
Pulau Langkawi or Langkawi Island The State of Perlis The State of Kedah Pulau Pinang or Penang Perhentian Islands The State of Kelantan The State of Terengganu Pulau Pangkor or Pangkor Island The State of Pahang Kuala Lumpur - The Capital City The State of Selangor The State of Negri Sembilan The Historical State of Melaka or Malacca Pulau Tiooman or Tioman Island The Southern State of Johor Dive Islands of Layang - Layang Kota Kinabalu - Capital & Gateway to Sabah Labuan Island Kinabalu National Park Sandakan Town Danum Forest Park Reserve North Borneo State of Sabah Dive Islands of Sipidan Mulu National Park The State of Sarawak Kuching the Capital city of Sarawak

The above Map links displays information and travel guide about the states, holiday destinations, sightseeing and places to visit, activities and other useful insights and tips for the visitor.

In Peninsular Malaysia alone there are over 8000 species of flowering plants, including 2000 trees, 800 orchids, and 200 palms. They include the world’s tallest tree species, the ‘tualng’, and the world’s largest flower, the ‘rafflesia’ measuring up to a metre across. Mammals include elephants, rare rhinos, tapirs, tigers, leopards, honey bears, several kinds of deer, ‘tempadau’, forest cattle, various gibbons, and monkeys, including in Borneo, the orang utan and the bizarre proboscis monkey, scaly anteaters also known as pangolins, and porcupines, to name but a few. The bird life features spectacular pheasants, the sacred hornbills, and many groups of colourful birds such as kingfishers, sunbirds, pittas, woodpeckers, trogons, and barbers.


FAST FACTS ABOUT MALAYSIA
Climate - Malaysia has a typically tropical climate – it’s hot and humid all year-round. Throughout the region the humidity tends to hover around the 90% mark, but on the Peninsula you can escape from the heat and humidity by retreating to the delightfully cool Hill Resorts and Highlands.
Full country name - Federation of Malaysia
Area - 329,750 sq km (204,445 sq mi)
Population - 28 million (85% of the population lives in Peninsular Malaysia and the remaining 15% in Sabah and Sarawak)
Capital city - Kuala Lumpur (pop 2 million)
People - Comprising of 93% Malaysian Citizens - 65% Malay plus indigenous People, 26% Chinese, 9% Indian
Language - Bahasa Malaysia (Malay), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, indigenous dialects
Religion - 52% Muslim, 17% Buddhist, 12% Taoist, 8% Christian, 8% Hindu, 2% tribal
Government - Parliamentary Monarchy
Prime Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
King - HRH Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
GDP
: US$99 billion GDP per head: US$4530
Major products/industries - Tin, rubber, palm oil, timber, oil, textiles, electronics
Major trading partners:  Singapore, Japan, USA


RELATED LINKS

States of Malaysia

13 States and the Federal Territories
Map with State flags and fast facts

People

The people of Malaysia come from a number of different ethnic groups mainly Malays, Chinese, Indians, with the indigenous Eurasians and the indigenous Orang Asli of the peninsula and the various tribes of Sabah and Sarawak and others tribes making up the remaining population.

Cultures

The variety of religions found is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living in Malaysia. The Language, Music and Dace, Cultures, and its Celebrations and Festivals.
 

Local Food & Cuisine

Just look, with our multi-cultural social mix, you certainly can expect somewhat of a unique and endless blend of cuisine.
 

Handicrafts

Various Items as well as a host of other decor pieces and functional household items. Details on the various handicrafts and cultural items include
Pua Kumbu / Wau / Keris / Wayang Kulit
/ Wood Carving / Pottery / Songket / Mengkuang / Gold, Silver & Brass

 

Festivals

One of the unique feature of Malaysian celebrations is the concept of open house.
Hari Raya Puasa / Chinese New Year / Fifth Moon Festival / Moon Cake Festival / Ghost Festival /
 9 Emperors Festival / Thaipusam / Deepavali / Pongal / Kaul / Pesta Kamaatan / Gawai Dayak / Christmas / Fiesta San Pedro


 

FAQ

Frequently asked questions regarding travel to and about Malaysia

History

Brief History of Malaysia from the early Malay people, Melaka, the colonization by European powers, the Japanese Occupation, Malayan Emergency to independence and the Indonesian Confrontation
 

Government

Malaysia is a confederation of 13 states. The political system is a federal one, which each state having its own legislature
 

The Monarchy

Undoubtedly, the Malaysian monarchy is a unique system as it is the only country where its King or the ‘Yang DiPertauan Agong’ is elected every five years.
The King / The Royal Regalia / Past Kings

 

Holidays in Malaysia

Features National & State holidays - Festivals, Religious holidays, School Holidays as is observed for the current
Calendar 2008
Cultural / Religious & Special Days 2008

 

Transport in Malaysia

Information on transport services and facilities in Malaysia
Road Transport / Rail Transport / Air Transport
 

Golfing

Golfing at challenging and scenic courses throughout Malaysia
 

Weather & Climate

Information and details on the climate and weather conditions prevailing throughout Malaysia

 



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MALAYSIA
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MALAYSIA
Johor
Kedah
Kelantan
Kuala Lumpur
Labuan
Melaka
N. Sembilan
Pahang
Penang
Perak
Perlis
Putrajaya
Sabah
Sarawak
Selangor
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