Malaysia is located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern tip of Borneo Island. The country is a multi cultural society consisting of 52% Malays, 27% Chinese, 9% Indian and 12% of other ethnic groups. The state religion is Islam but the government is also protecting the freedom of other religions. Malaysia is a modern and developing nation and is becoming one of the prosperous countries in Southeast Asia. The head of state is the King but the head of government is the Prime Minister. The country got independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur and the population is over 28 million people.
Points of Interests :
Penang, Malacca, Langkawi, Kinabalu, Kula Lumpur and Petronas Twin Towers
The island of Penang is famous as the Pearl of the Orient and the most of Penang’s illustrious attractions are located in the city of Georgetown, a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2008 which representing the best of Eastern and Western culture. Here you can see the unique of diverse cultures as you visit Fort Cornwallis, the place where British expansion started in Southeast Asia, the Khoo Kongsi, one of the most famous Chinese families in Penang, the legendary Snake Temple, the largest reclining Buddha statue at the Wat Chayamangkalaram and the museum of Penang Peranakan Mansion displaying the Peranakan Chinese lifestyle and traditions.
Another UNESCO listed heritage city, was founded by Parameswara, a prince from Sumatra in 15th century. Malacca’s culture was influenced by various colonial powers that conquered the city over the centuries, Portuguese, Dutch and British. You can feel the atmosphere of the heritage city as you walk through or take a trishaw ride and visit some of Malacca’s historical sites like Porta De Santiago, Portuguese fort on St. Paul’s Hill overlooking the straits of Malacca. You can also visit the oldest Chinese temple, Cheng Hoon Teng and Baba Nyonya Museum to see the living culture of Peranakan Chinese. Malacca’s old city square is as it was hundreds years ago.
Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s most favorite destinations. It is an archipelago of 99 islands located in the Andaman Sea, adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi has many exquisite islands with beautiful beaches, rainforest, mountains and unique nature. Langkawi is also a duty-free area. The most popular beach in Langkawi is Pantai Cenang, with fine powdery sand and many beachfront restaurants, about 2 km long. Some islands are located along the luxurious resorts like Datai Bay, others are suitable for backpackers. Some islands are isolated, peaceful, tranquil and relatively undisturbed like Pantai Kok and Pantai Tengah.
Kinabalu National Park
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia, at 4095m (13,435ft) and is protected as the Kinabalu National Park. The park is rated as a UNESCO world heritage site for its great biodiversity. If you are lucky you might see Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower here. The mountain is very popular among the tourists who like to climb to the summit and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the trip as they need no special climbing skill.
Kuala Lumpur and Petronas Twin Towers
The Malaysian capital is Kuala Lumpur (KL), the largest city in the country. Kuala Lumpur is a modern and metropolis city with about 1.6 million people. It is the main entry point for visitors who want to go to other destinations within the country. Kuala Lumpur is also the cultural centre where museums and art galleries like National Museum and Gallery Petronas are some that display the traditions and heritage of the country. The landmark of the city, Petronas Twin Towers is currently the highest office buildings in the world with 88 floors and 452 meters high. The towers are connected together on the 41st and 42nd floors by the Sky Bridge, a two storey bridge with 58 meters long. Overlooking the view from the Sky Bridge is spectacular.