With wildlife-packed rainforests, vibrant cities, postcard-worthy islands and mouth-watering culinary delights, the country more than lives up to its slogan: Malaysia, Truly Asia. The diverse blend of Malays, Chinese, Indians and ethnic groups, combined with a dash of old colonial legacy, have created a mosaic of cultures and flavours.
Divided into two, its territories are split between West Malaysia, located on a peninsula connected to the mainland of Asia; and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
The booming metropolis, Kuala Lumpur, is the country’s capital where gleaming glass skyscrapers and multi-storey mega malls tower over colonial architecture, traditional wet markets and pockets of virgin rainforest. It is also home to the iconic Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers.
Malaysia has more than 800 islands across both sides of the peninsula and around Borneo. While some feature heritage buildings, Chinese shophouses and colourful temples; others consist of a handful of wooden shacks leading onto powdery-white sands.
Large parts of Malaysia remain intact and almost untouched, protected by national parks and wildlife reserves. Explore emerald tea plantations, mountains cloaked in mist, and ancient rainforests home to an awe-inspiring range of fauna and flora. Venture into Malaysian Borneo for some of the best diving in the world, wild treks, and a glimpse of endangered orangutans.