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 of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia, 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 people of Malaysia are the Malaysians.

The official currency is Ringgit. The approximate exchange rate is RM4.48 for US$1. The currency exchange is available in commercial banks and from foreign exchange dealers. It may be difficult to exchange foreign currencies outside the main tourist centres. Credit cards are easily acceptable. Also, ATMs are available widely. 

Taxis are not hard to find. They all have meters, but drivers often ask for a fixed fare. Also, car hire is easy. Cars drive on the left side of the road here and roads are generally in good condition. 

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

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.

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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July 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by 5 Comments

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