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Regions in Malaysia

Malaysia is divided into two main geographical regions commonly known as Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia.

Peninsula Malaysia

  • West Coast (Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Putrajaya, Selangor).
    The more developed region with the modern capital Kuala Lumpur, UNESCO World Heritage Cities with colonial flair and the Langkawi archipelago.
  • East Coast (Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu).
    The more traditional Muslim region, home to Taman Negara (national park), numerous pristine islands and the jungle track that winds through the rural hinterland.
  • South (Johor)
    Consisting of only one state, two coastlines, endless palm oil plantations and the gateway to Singapore by land

East Malaysia

  • Sabah
    Excellent diving on Sipadan Island as well as muck diving in Mabul, nature reserves, the federal enclave of Labuan and the mighty Mount Kinabalu.
  • Sarawak
    The southern state of East Malaysia. Home to traditional longhouses, lush jungles and national parks in contrast to the state capital Kuching.

Cities in Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur – the multicultural capital, home of the Petronas Twin Towers
  • George Town – the cultural and culinary capital of Penang
  • Ipoh – capital of Perak with historic colonial old town
  • Johor Bahru – capital and former royal capital of Johor, and gateway to Singapore
  • Kuantan – capital of Pahang, and commercial centre of the east coast
  • Kota Kinabalu – near tropical islands, lush rainforest and Mount Kinabalu
  • Kuching – Capital of Sarawak
  • Malacca (Malay: Melaka) – the historic city of Malaysia with colonial-style architecture.
  • Miri – resort in Sarawak, near the border with Brunei and gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park.

Other destinations in Malaysia

  • Cameron Highlands – famous for its tea plantations
  • Fraser’s Hill – a journey back in time to the colonial era
  • Kinabalu National Park – home of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia
  • Langkawi – an archipelago of 99 islands known for its beaches, rainforests, mountains, mangrove estuaries and unique nature. It is also a duty-free island
  • Penang (Pulau Pinang) – once known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, now bustling island with excellent cuisine that retains more colonial heritage than anywhere else in the country
  • Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) – glittering jewels off the east coast, still undiscovered by mass tourism
  • Redang (Pulau Redang) – popular island destination for divers
  • Taman Negara – a large area of rainforest national park stretching across Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu.
  • Tioman (Pulau Tioman) – once voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world

How To Travel To Malaysia

By plane The national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has an extensive global route network and regularly ranks high in airline quality ratings. Low-cost carrier AirAsia and its sister airline AirAsia X now connect an ever-growing number of countries, including Australia, China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, New Zealand,...

How To Travel Around Malaysia

By plane Thanks largely to budget airline AirAsia, Malaysia is criss-crossed by a network of affordable flights, with "special fares" starting as low as RM9 if booked early. Flying is the only practical option for travelling between Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo, as well as reaching some of Borneo's more remote...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Malaysia

Visa restrictionsCitizens of Israel with Israeli passports will be denied entry unless they have a letter of approval from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs. In addition, Israeli nationals need an onward travel ticket and are asked to buy one or they will be denied entry. Malaysia no longer...

Weather & Climate in Malaysia

The climate in Malaysia is equatorial. The northeastern monsoon (October to February) floods Borneo and the east coast of the peninsula in rain and causes frequent flooding, while the west coast (especially Langkawi and Penang) is unscathed. The gentler southwest monsoon ( from April to October) reverses the pattern....

Accommodation & Hotels in Malaysia

Budget Cheap hotels and hostels are available in most cities and around most tourist destinations. As with most cheap accommodation, some are more reliable than others. Be careful when choosing cheap accommodation to avoid places that harbour illegal vices. Larger cities have YMCAs, which are a safe bet. Another notable budget...

Things To See in Malaysia

Malaysia is a fascinating country with many faces. It is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, and its attractions vary from the iconic Petronas Towers in bustling Kuala Lumpur to perfect, palm-fringed sandy beaches and dense jungles with orangutans and tigers. There are several impressive national parks. Expeditions range from those where you...

Things To Do in Malaysia

Malaysia has excellent diving opportunities. The most popular spots are the islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia (Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and many more), although the diving season is limited to April to September. However, the most famous dive site - often ranked among the best in the...

Food & Drinks in Malaysia

Food in Malaysia At the crossroads of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cuisine, Malaysia is an ideal place to make makan (to eat in Malay). Discover the regional specialities and cuisine of Nyonya (Peranakan), the fusion of Malay and Chinese cuisine. You can even find unique Eurasian cuisine in the Portuguese...

Money & Shopping in Malaysia

Currency in Malaysia The Malaysian currency is the Malaysian ringgit, abbreviated RM or MYR, divided into 100 sen (cents). The ringgit is sometimes unofficially referred to as the dollar and you may see the '$' symbol on older notes. There are coins of RM0.05 (silver), RM0.10 (silver), RM0.20 (silver or...

Festivals & Events in Malaysia

One of the significant features of Malaysian culture is the celebration of various festivals and events. The year is filled with colourful, exhilarating and exciting activities. Some are religious and solemn, but others are lively, joyous events. An interesting feature of the main festivals here is the custom of...

Internet & Communications in Malaysia

Internet in Malaysia Internet connectivity in Malaysia is readily available in most cities and towns. It was one of the first countries in the world to offer 4G connectivity. Broadband internet is available in most hotels, internet cafes and some restaurants. Wi-Fi is usually available in hotspots in almost all...

Traditions & Customs in Malaysia

It is advisable to dress respectfully, especially in rural areas (wearing trousers or a long skirt, not shorts, and covering the shoulders is recommended but not essential). In urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang and Ipoh, and in the East Malaysian states (Sabah and Sarawak), attitudes...

Language & Phrasebook in Malaysia

Malaysia's only official language is Malay (officially Bahasa Malaysia, sometimes known as Bahasa Melayu). The Indonesian language spoken across the border in Indonesia is similar to Malay, and speakers of both languages can generally understand each other. In some parts of Malaysia near the Thai border, especially in Kelantan,...

Culture Of Malaysia

Malaysia has a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual society. The country's original culture comes from the indigenous tribes that inhabited it, along with the Malays who moved there later. There is a significant influence of Chinese and Indian culture dating back to the beginning of foreign trade. Other cultural influences...

History Of Malaysia

Evidence of modern human settlement in Malaysia dates back 40,000 years. It is believed that the first inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula were Negritos. Traders and settlers from India and China arrived as early as the first century AD and established trading ports and coastal towns in the second...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Malaysia

Stay safe in Malaysia The crime rate is higher than in neighbouring Singapore. Crimes against tourists are usually limited to pickpocketing, purse snatching and petty theft. It is important to keep a close eye on valuable items. Thefts are more common in busy places such as markets and public transport....

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