Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the rising stars of South-East Asian tourism, a nation looking to the future while cherishing the ways of the past. With reefs and rainforest, mountain and minarets, skyscrapers and sampans, Malaysia certainly lives up to its slogan “Truly Asia”. One of the world’s great cultural melting pots, Malaysia is a nation where Chinese joss houses, Hindu temples and gold domed mosques jostle for space with towering skyscrapers. The British once presided over this fascinating country leaving behind a legacy of hill stations.

Malaysia is like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea while peninsula flaunts alluring skyscrapers, bustling cities, colonial era architecture, misty tea plantations and cool climate highlands, Malaysian Borneo hosts wild jungles of orangutans, pristine beaches granite peaks and remote tribes, along with some pretty spectacular divining. Malaysia beckons visitors with its extreme diversity. Immerse yourself and explore the beauty that is abundant on this mesmerizing country.

Basic Information

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Country Phone Code: +60

Currency

The Malaysia unit of currency is Ringgit. The Ringgit is often referred to as the Malaysian Dollar.

Boundaries

Malaysia is situated in central South-East Asia, bordering Thailand in the north, with Singapore to the south and Indonesia to the south and west.

Languages

Malay is an Austronesian language spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. The total number of speakers of Standard Malay is about 18 million. There are also about 170 million people who speak Indonesian, which is a form of Malay.

Climate

The best time for beach holidays or scuba-diving will depend on which part of Malaysia you intend to visit. The best time to visit for dry weather is June and July on the east coast, January and February on the west coast, April in Sabah and June to July in Sarawak.

Major Religions

Malaysia is a multicultural country. According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, 61.3 percent of the population practices Islam; 19.8 percent Buddhism; 9.2 percent Christianity; 6.3 percent Hinduism; and 1.3 percent traditional Chinese religions.

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