Things to do in Malaysia
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. The country shared its land borders with Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam and Philippines. Malaysia is a diverse country with rich flora and fauna coupled with rich cultural heritage and traditions. Malaysia is a unique country with a mix of the modern and contemporary values which intermingle perfectly with the deep traditions of Malaysia. Investments in high technology sector and considerable oil wealth leads to highly developed infrastructure and high purchasing power parity. Malaysia’s economy is based on open market economy and enjoys a constant growth rate.
Malaysia is politically stable with monarchical democracy and despite being an Islamic country guarantees the right to practise every religion through constitutional powers. The country is now becoming a hub for scientific and technical research. Malaysia follows a policy of Non Align and is one of the founder members of ASEAN. The country is renowned for high human development index and is renowned for high individual income. The country unlike Singapore doesn’t burn your pockets and offers the same level of services and infrastructure like Singapore. Tourism is one of the important industries and plays an important role in the contribution to the country’s economy. Malaysia is a mega diverse country and is rich is wide variety of flora and fauna. Its vast rainforest tracts are the home of nearly 20 per cent of the world's animal species. Malaysia is a multicultural society in which the Malays make up nearly 54% majority and rest are Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups.
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 ofPutrajaya 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.
Malaysia offers so much to visitors of each and every segment and category. 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. Penangstill 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.
How to Reach Malaysia
Malaysia is well connected with rest of the world through airlines. The Kuala Lumpur city is one of the important cities of Southeast Asia. There are various ways of reaching Malaysia.
By Air: Kuala Lumpur, the national capital is well connected with the rest of the world by various international airline. The national carrier is the Malaysian Airlines which serves various important cities of the world. Long distance flights from Europe to Far East made transit stops in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is also served by various low cost airlines that operate in the Southeast Asia.
By Road: Malaysia can be access by road from Southern Thailand and Singapore into the Peninsular Malaysia. You can also reach the states of Sarawak and Sabah from Brunei and Kalimantan (Indonesian side of Borneo).
By Rail: You can reach Malaysia from Thailand by sleeper trains operate by the State Railway of Thailand, which connects Bangkok(Thailand) and Butterworth near Penang (Malaysia). The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malaysian Railways) also runs between Hat Yai(Thailand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). You can reach Malaysia from Singapore also. Singapore is the southern terminus of the Malaysian Railway network. Express trains connect Singapore with Kuala Lumpur.
By Boat: Regular ferries connects various points of Peninsular Malaysia with Sumatra, Indonesia and Sothern Thailand, Sarawak with Brunei, and Sabah with East Kalimantan,Indonesia and Mindanao, Philippines. Luxury cruises also run from Singapore and sometimes Phuket (Thailand) to Malaysia.
On the Map
Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur is a city caught in a metropolitan dilemma; it aspires to be Singapore, but at times feels more like Bangkok. It is a mix of clean, clinical efficiency of business-like Singapore, and the raffish rough edges of the Thai capital, Bangkok, that creates the Kuala Lumpur's charm. Kuala Lumpur, meaning ‘muddy confluence', has grown with amazing speed since the economic growth accelerated during the 1980s and early 1990s, resulted in vibrant cityscape. Over the last f....read more
Langkawi in a beautiful archipelago of 99 small islands located south of Thailand. The islands are a part of Malaysia's Kedah state, but are adjacent to the border of Thailand. Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination, Langkawi is a tropical land having pristine beaches, swaying coconut palm trees and unmatched resorts in the world. Langkawi's has numerous spectacular sandy beaches, which dots the coastline of the main island. The most popular beach is Pantai Cenang, while many of the island's....read more
Foods of Malaysia
Malaysia’s cuisine is a reflection of its multi ethnic population. Malaysian cuisine is deeply influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese and Sumatran food habits and cuisine. Rice is the main staple food like the entire Southeast Asia and is important ingredient. Malaysian cuisine also uses Chillies, Sea foods, breads, noodles, meat and poultry. The Various Cooking style and flavours made the Malaysian Cuisine as diverse as the country itself. Due cultural interaction and integration various Cooking styles combined together and generate a fusion cooking style. Malaysian cuisine is full of spices, roasted meats, porks, beefs, mutton, rice and noodles, Shrimps sauce, eggs, prawn, crabs, fresh fishes creating a wide variety cuisine which is loved by the visitors.
Best Time to go to Malaysia
Malaysia is a round the year destination with average climate remaining constant. However the best time to visit Malaysia is between May and September. As from April to May and October to November receives heavy torrential rains, beach lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will found it difficult to enjoy. From December to February, huge load of tourists arrive and as a result you may find hotel and flights with huge difficulty. Best time is between the months of May and September when the tourist arrival is less and you can easily get hotel rooms at a low cost and also you will enjoy the pristine nature of this beautiful country without jostling for space with the tourist crowd of the peak season.