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About Malaysia

The marketing teams use the slogan ‘Malaysia, truly Asia’, and it’s easy to understand why. Malaysia combines influences from China and India with the vibrant indigenous cultures of Borneo and the Malay archipelago, to create a stunning and exciting ethnic mix. Add in the influence of early Portuguese, Dutch and British traders and you have a wonderful mix of cuisine and culture, colour and life that is simply irresistible.

With so many ethnic influences, there is always some sort of celebration going on somewhere close by in Malaysia, from Chinese street fairs to colourful Indian festivals to local Malay tribal traditions. No two days are the same, which all adds to the irresistible mystique of this paradise location. Look closer and you’ll find pockets of colonial England, where cream teas are served after a round of golf. It’s all here in Malaysia and it’s just waiting to be discovered.

Lying almost on the equator, Malaysia boasts year round tropical weather, with hot sunshine and frequent rainfall producing lush rainforests that fall from the mountain tops to the idyllic beaches. It is home to some of the most spectacular beach resorts in the world, from remote private islands to quiet coastal coves, all with awe-inspiring settings and unsurpassed service.

Malaysia is a country in two parts; the first based on the end of the Malay Peninsula, bordering Thailand and Malaysia’s former territory Singapore, and the second on the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and the fabulously wealthy Kingdom of Brunei.

It is also a huge economic success story, and as such it is one of the richest countries in the region. This is abundantly clear when you see the capital Kuala Lumpur, with its soaring skyscrapers and upmarket city centre. Yet Malaysia has not lost touch with its past, as the local markets and ethnic food stalls crowded around the base of these towers proves. Malaysia may have the iconic twin Petronas Towers, with their stunning sky bridge, and may also host a key race on the Formula 1 Grand Prix calendar, but many of its people still live in traditional wooden homes built on stilts along the coastline.

It is this amazing mix of the modern world and the local culture that is so attractive for many visitors. Because while the facilities are unsurpassed, with five star hotels, luxury, air conditioned shopping malls and world class restaurants, you are never far away from the real Malaysia.



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Quick facts

Population: 28.3 Million
Currency: Ringgit
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Languages: Malaysian
Religions: Islam 61%, Buddhism 20%

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