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Malaysia is truly a land of contrasts. The country boasts an unusual geography, comprising western or mainland Malaysia, situated on the southern tip of the Asian continent, as well as eastern Malaysia, which lies on the other side of the China Sea in the north of the island of Borneo.
The country''s culture has been shaped by its inhabitants - Malays, Chinese and Indians - who bear witness to Malaysia''s strategic location on a commercial crossroads between India and China. The architecture produced by these cultures forms a striking mix of rich palaces, temples and mosques, as well as colonial-style buildings, atmospheric Chinatowns and ultra-modern tower blocks, such as those evident in Kuala Lumpur, the capital.
Mainland Malaysia, the most dynamic and inhabited part of the country, is covered in its centre by jungle dotted with traditional villages, which can be visited by train. The country''s capitals developed along the coast, where the sea is home to a stunningly beautiful array of marine life and fringed by magnificent white sandy beaches.
It''s also worth exploring the lesser known eastern Malaysia, where you''ll delight in the hospitality of the inhabitants of Sarawak who still live in traditional longhouses. Here, the beauty of the parks and reserves serves as a reminder that Malaysia is home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world and that 70% of its land is still covered with primary forest, the refuge of the last surviving orangutans.
Finally, no visit to Malaysia is complete without savouring the country''s delicious, varied cuisine. Welcome to paradise!

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Malaysia : Must-see towns and regions

  • Kuala Lumpur

    The Petronas Towers keep watch over Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s exciting capital, which is lively both day and night in its many distinct districts, such as Chinatown, Little India, the colonial quarter ...

  • Melaka

    Clamber into a somewhat kitsch trishaw and discover the many charms of Malacca, once an city of great importance on the spice route, and where Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures all come tog...

  • Marang

    Located to the south of Kuala Terengganu, Marang, a small fishing town, has retained its tranquil air and traditions, which can be best seen at its Sunday market. Discover the city’s remaining traditi...

  • Georgetown

    Georgetown remains one of the most popular cities for expats in South-East Asia and it’s easy to see why. Delve into its Chinese stores, follow the Heritage Trail through the colonial quarter, or enjo...

  • Kota Bahru

    Kota Bahru, the capital of the Kelantan region, is of great interest to visitors, primarily as a result of its authenticity, which is Malay and Muslim in feel. The best place to experience this atmosp...

  • Kuching

    Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is one of the most pleasant cities in South-East Asia, where it’s worth spending a few days to explore the bustling activity of Chinatown, experience the languid atmos...

  • The wooded footpaths wending their way around Fraser's Hill are perfect for hiking and observing the 250 species of birds found in the region. The atmosphere in this hill resort founded by a Scotsman ...

  • Kuala Terengganu

    The commercial port of Kuala Terengganu has preserved its old town with its shophouses and houses on stilts. Observe the traditional techniques employed in local arts and crafts, discover Malay and Mu...

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