Article by Mandy Jones
Malaysia is the most developed nation of Southeast Asia after Singapore and is a progressive Islamic country blessed with rich natural resources, vast rainforest tracts, pristine sand beaches and a renowned cuisine. Malaysia is a multi cultural and multi ethnic country where Chinese, Thais, Indians, Malayans and ethnic tribes coexist peacefully. The country is divided by South China Sea into two landmasses, one is the Malaysian Peninsula and the second is Malaysian Borneo. Malaysia is a diverse country with rich flora and fauna coupled with rich cultural heritage and traditions. Malaysia is a unique a mix of the modern values which intermingle perfectly with the deep cultural traditions. Malaysia’s economy is based on open market economy and enjoys a constant growth rate. The country unlike Singapore doesn’t burn your pockets and offers the same level of services and infrastructure like Singapore
The country is divided into various administrative zones namely – West Coast, East Coast, South, Sabah and Sarawak. The West Coast is more developed side of the Malaysian Peninsula and it incorporates the states of Kedah, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Perlis and Selangor, as well as two Federal Territories; Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur and the new administrative centre of Putrajaya all located within this region. The East Coast comprises the state of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu and is more traditional. The South Coast includes the state of Johor. The Sabah and Sarawak comprises the East Malaysia region and is renowned for its tourism industry. Here you can enjoy scuba diving, nature hiking, and wildlife photography, look out for the aboriginal tribes or simply lost in the vast wilderness of the Borneo rainforest which is rich in natural resources and some endangered species.
The Capital city Kuala Lumpur is a multi cultural and is famous for many monuments of national importance and the home of the Petronas Towers and KL tower. The George Town is the cultural capital of Penang. Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands famous for its beaches, rainforests, mountains, islands, mangrove and pristine nature. Malacca is a historical Portuguese colonial city of Malaysia with strong Portuguese influence still present today. Penang still retains the old British colonial charm and many more attractions. Malaysia offers good quality of hospitality and services throughout the country and this diverse country offers great memories to the tourists who visit here.
Visit the Batu Caves which is also the most revered Hindu shrine outside India and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The Batu Caves is a series of Caverns and Caves located inside a lime stone hill surrounded by thick green foliage. Visit Malacca, the third smallest state of Malaysia and its capital – Malacca City, is a multi cultural and dynamic city. Its historical city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage. The Malacca saw many rulers including the Portuguese, Dutch and British all contribute something to its rich culture and heritage. Visit the Palau Ketam Island which is also known as the Crab Island. The Palau Ketam is a fishing Village which is built on wooden stilts. The entire village seems like floating above the water. Even the roads are built of wooden stilts. Visit the Rainforest of Malaysia and on the way you will admire the quaint villages and countryside of Malaysia. Visit the Kampung Kuantan region which is renowned in the world as the largest firefly colony. See the blinking fireflies which resembles like a flashing Christmas tree. Enjoy a city tour of Kuala Lumpur and admire the iconic Twin Towers and KL Tower and learn about the rich history and culture of Malaysia. Malaysia offers so much as a destination that a single visit will never be enough. Visit Malaysia and watch the beautiful balance of nature and technological innovation driving a vast diverse and culturally rich country.
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