Malaysia: Introduction

Asia's Rising Star

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Malaysia is a country with two distinct parts: Peninsula Malaysia constitutes the long fringe of land, extending down from Asia, which borders Thailand and Singapore while the South China Sea separates the mainland from the less populated East Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak.

The dense, bountiful jungles of Sabah and Sarawak support abundant plant and wildlife and Mt Kinabalu in Sabah stakes its claim as the highest peak in South East Asia. It is the Peninsula that seems to attract the most visitors, probably because of the diversity it offers in the way of people, activities and climates. The highland regions offer cool relief from the clinging humidity of the mainland, while Langkawi is the popular choice for sand and surf enthusiasts.

The east coast, particularly the northern Kelantan province, offers the chance for an interesting cultural exploration of traditional Malay life. The city of Kota Bharu and its surrounds is possibly the most fascinating part of the peninsula, and the least visited, with a remote beauty and rich culture. The west coast is favoured for historical interest, and is where Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur is to be found, the icon of Asian prosperity and the meeting point for expats and city slickers to enjoy the energy of a diverse urban hub.

The city is a colourful collage of tradition and technology, vying for equal status in some of the most outstanding areas in the world. Malaysia is one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in South-East Asia. Malaysian society is based on a vibrant and interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs - promising an unforgettable holiday for everyone looking for a unique vacation experience in one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in Asia.