Malaysia located in Southeast Asia, is a country split in two. Part of it is located on the Malay Peninsula, while the rest on the island of Borneo. West Malaysia, or peninsular Malaysia, is shaped like a slender finger pointing to Indonesia and Australia. The western portion of peninsular Malaysia is a fertile plain and the eastern perimeter has steep descending mountains and beaches. East Malaysia (Borneo) makes up more than 50% of the country’s area. It is divided into two states Sarawak and Sabah, both of which are covered by thick jungle and several large rives. The jungles of Malaysia are a good source of sandalwood, teak and ebony.
Malaysia is at the crossroads between a modern world and a developing nation. It is a nation with high-tech industries, and some oil wealth. Visitors to the nation get good technological infrastructure, with things running on time at very affordable prices.
Malaysia is a truly multi ethnic community where all its inhabitants live in peace and harmony. It is one of the most stable and safest countries. It is made up of 55% Malay, 25% Chinese and 10% Indians and others. Due to the diversity of people, its cuisine is influenced by the different culture and traditions. Visitors to Malaysia can get a flavour of everything from Indian curries, to Chinese stir fries, ethnic Malay dishes and even Western foods.
Some interesting cities of Malaysia include Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country and the most populated city, home to the famous Petronas Towers. Putrajaya is found to the south of the capital and is relatively new city. It houses most of the government offices. Penang (or Pulau Pinang) is found on the northwest coast of Peninsualar Malaysia and it is the place to be for food lovers and culture seekers. Malacca (Melaka) is one of the country’s oldest cities. It is prized for its history and multi-cultural community.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Dialling code: 60
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Area: 329,759 square km
Language: Malay (official), English (for some official purposes), and Chinese (different dialects).
Religion: Islam (official), Buddhism Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism.