Malaysia offers two very distinct experiences: the peninsula and Borneo (an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei). The peninsula is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavors with an efficient and modern capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Borneo features some of the most interesting places in Malaysia with a wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes. Combined with some beautiful islands, luxury resorts and colonials towns, Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix.Almost 2 million foreign tourists traveled to Malaysia in 2010. Most of them were citizens from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia but a growing number of other foreign tourists are discovering this country as well.
To describe Kuala Lumpur is like opening a book that has various uninteresting chapters. Yes, this only global city of Malaysia appears happy with colors of modernization along with rich legacy. Though formally KL spans over an area of 244 sq kms, its plush precincts virtually get bigger to embrace the entire world. Kuala Lumpur is located at the confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang, and probably, that’s how it got its name, which literally means ‘muddy confluence’ in Malay language.
Kelantan-literally meaning “Land of Lightning”-is an agrarian state with lush paddy fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarinas-lined beaches. Situated in the northeast turn of the peninsula, the charms of Kelantan are found in the vitality of its culture and its remote, unsullied beauty. Kelantan offers plenty of opportunities for tourists such as river cruises, river rafting, bird watching and jungle trekking.
Malacca is a quiet seaside city located on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Malacca, about 147 km from Kuala Lumpur. Malacca is a fantastic repository of its cultural heritage. Its colonial past is evident in its Portuguese architecture, where as on the streets, Chinese influence is most visible. Most of the businessmen here are Chinese. Over the centuries, the Chinese and local Malay cultures in Malacca intertwined, eventually producing a completely unique society-a mosaic of different cultures.
Negeri Sembilan literally means “Nine States”. It is so called because it comprises a federation of nine states. Situated on the southwest corner of Peninsular Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan encompasses an area of 6,645 sq km and a 48 km long coastline.
Penang, literally meaning Island of Betel Nut, is famous for its natural scenic attractiveness. Also known as the ‘Pearl of Orient’, Penang entices visitors with its warm seas, golden beaches, lush greenery and delicious cuisine.
Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia. The state is famous for its serene unspoilt attractiveness, rustic rural scenes and verdant paddy fields. The expanse of verdant paddy fields makes the landscape appear like an enormous canvas of brilliant green or gold, depending on the season.
Sabah is a tropical paradise placed at the northeast corner of Borneo. In ancient times it was known as the “Land below the Wind” because it lies below the typhoon belt. Sabah attracts visitors with its scenic beauty, rugged landscape and cultural diversity.
Sarawak-the biggest state of Malaysia-is better known as the land of fabled White Rajahs, the hornbill and the orangutan. Placed on the northwestern shore of the island of Borneo, Sarawak is a preferred tourist places for those seeking culture, nature and adventure tourism. The rainforests of Sarawak are home to the richest and most diverse ecosystem of the world.
Terengganu is one of the east coast states on Peninsular Malaysia. Terengganu is the repository of Malaysia’s cultural heritage and is home to the lilting Gamelan and the mesmerizing “Ulek Mayang” dance. It is a serene state, with many small villages, quiet roads, and secluded islands and beaches