Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. It is a Federal Constitutional Monarchy. It borders Thailand on land and SingaporeVietnam, and Indonesia on the sea. The capital is Kuala Lumpur. It has a population of 30 million people which makes it the 44th most populous country in the world.

The official language is Bahasa, but English is also a popular language. The major ethnic group in Malaysia is Malay, with 50% of the population belonging to it. The major religion followed by people is Sunni Islam. 

The official currency is Malaysian Ringgit (RM). The approximate exchange rate is RM4.48 for US$1. Credit cards are easily acceptable. Also, ATMs are available widely. 

In Malaysia, they use electric sockets of type G. The standard voltage is 240V.

How to go to Malaysia

There are a total of 13 states in Malaysia, namely: Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu. Also, there are 3 popular federal territories which are: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya.

Going to Malaysia is more convenient (and faster) now. Certain airlines are offering flights to these states and federal territories. You just have to scout discounted tickets and enjoy the flight to these wonderful destinations!

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Getting around

Locals of Malaysia ride trains (MRT, LRT) to travel around the city. In an instance that trains are full or unavailable, another option is taxi/cab.

Taxis/Cabs aren’t hard to find. There are 2 kinds of taxis: one that run by meter, and the other one is a fixed fare. Most drivers ask for a fixed rate, most especially if they can sense that you’re a tourist. Booking a cab via Grab is also easy. But remember, you must have a Malaysian sim inserted to your phone in order for you to access Grab.

Car hire is also easy. Note that cars drive on the left side of the road.

Train in KL

Malaysia as a tourist hub

Malaysia is the second most popular destination by tourist arrivals in Southeast Asia. The most famous tourist centers of the country are Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Alor Star, Johor Bahru, Kangar and other big cities. Also, Malacca City is one of the several World Heritage Sites of Malaysia. Miri is the resort city of Sarawak, and it is also a gateway to the Mulu caves, which are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site too, and the numerous national parks, such as Niah caves, Lambir Hills National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park.

Besides the main cities, there are many other attractive tourist places in Malaysia. For example, Muar is famous for its food, Teluk Intan for its Leaning Tower and Taiping for its landscapes and local attractions.

Things to do in Malaysia

  1. You’ve never been to Malaysia if you do not visit (or even see) the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
  2. Scuba diving and hiking (Kinabalu National Park) in Kota Kinabalu.
  3. Have fun sunbathing in Langkawi Island.
  4. You’re never too old for some playtime at LEGOLAND and Hello Kitty Town in Johor.
  5. Enjoy Malacca’s heritage.
  6. Bet in the casinos of Genting Highlands.
  7. Try to eat at least one Malaysian dish.
  8. Shop for souvenirs and other items.
  9. Drink hot tea while enjoying the scones at Cameron Highlands.
  10. Spend a day at Sunway Lagoon, Selangor.

Malaysia, KL

Culture

Malaysia is a multicultural and multi-ethnic country. The original culture of the country is attributed to the indigenous tribes who occupied it. Other than that, Chinese and Indian culture influences the country substantially.

The traditional fine arts in the country are mainly carving, weaving, and silversmithing. Various common wooden artworks add to the cultural beauty of Malaysia. The literary tradition followed in Malaysia mainly follows the oral medium and as such, Malaysian people heavily respect and rely on a strong oral tradition. Like its culture, its cuisines are also influenced by the multi-ethnicity of the country. Other than that, the food of other countries also influences the Malaysian cuisines.

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