About 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, its centuries of trade combined with a vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and tribal influences that have created a mix of people and culture, making it a colourful and intriguing place to visit.

Tropical island resorts and endless white sandy beaches offer a taste of paradise, while beneath warm coral seas, world-class dive sites await exploration. The almost extinct Orang-utans are a splendid site here just as the oldest rainforest in the world, the city skyscrapers and majestic mosques and temples. Plus a gorgeous coastline is yet another highlight to tempt even the most jaded visitor. And if that were not enough, Malaysia's culinary credentials and unforgettable hospitality are among Asia's finest. Its convoluted history highlights why Malaysia is so ethnically and culturally diverse. Even better, the magnificent landscape is no less fascinating - dense jungles, soaring peaks and lush tropical rainforests that harbour abundant and exotic flora and fauna.

Admire Kuala Lumpur's architectural gems including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, in Independence Square, which blends Victorian and Moorish architectural styles. Take a short trip out from here to the remarkable Batu Caves, situated in a hollow limestone ridge, and housing a spectacular Hindu temple. Tour Malaysia's most impressive mosques and explore subterranean Malaysia, with a visit to the cave temples at Perak Tong, Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong. Do not miss a visit to the most extensive cave system in the world, including the Deer Cave, Clearwater Cave and The Cave of the Winds. Templar Park, 22km north of Kuala Lumpur, is a well-preserved tract of primary rainforest. Jungle paths, swimming lagoons and waterfalls lie within the park boundaries. For some laid back relaxation, take respite from Malaysia's humid cities and soak up the magnificent views from the mountain resorts of the Central and Cameron Highlands.

Quick Facts

Location: South-East Asia

Time: GMT + 8

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Visa: Pre-departure visas required for some nationalities.

Language: Bahasa Melayu is the national and official language, but English is widely spoken. Other languages such as Chinese, Iban and Tamil are spoken by minorities.


Tropical weather dominates the Malaysian landscape without extreme high temperatures. Days are very warm and often humid, while nights are fairly cool. The main rainy season in the east runs between November and February, while August is the wettest period on the west coast. East Malaysia has heavy rains (November to February).


The currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit


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