Malaysia is a multicultural country covering the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and the jungle headhunters of Borneo. Malaysia spans a peninsular area bordered by Thailand in the north and two states (Sarawak and Sabah) on the island of Borneo, which it shares with Brunei and Indonesia. The large majority of the population (over 20 million) live on the Peninsula
Since independence, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5% for almost 50 years.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: 28 million
State religion: Islam
Languages: Bahasa Melayu
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
By: Melissa Lin
The Northern region of Malaysia comprises of the states Perak, Kedah and Perlis. Perhaps the best known spots of the North are the oft visited islands of Langkawi and Penang. The other areas are often left unexplored. This is a pity, for Northern Malaysia has much to offer the traveler, in the way of natural wonders, cuisine and traditional Malay culture and tradition.
Northern Malaysia is abundant with natural beauty and is steeped in rich culture and tradition. Apart from the popular Langkawi and Penang, there are a multitude of other lesser known spots to visit, local culture and tradition to savor.
By: Melissa Lin
The East coast of Peninsular, made up of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu has some of Malaysia’s most unspoilt islands, and is a favorite spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Wooden Kampung houses, beautiful beaches, coconut trees and rubber plantations make up the landscape of the East. Here, Malay culture and tradition are deeply rooted. It is less multicultural than the West Coast, and is the most culturally conservative part in Malaysia.