Malaysia Discovery Guide

Overview

Welcome to the country of Malaysia! As one of the top tourist destinations in all of Asia, the country of Malaysia has been known all over the world for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant people, and breathtaking landscapes. The country is comprised of 13 states, spread among two distinct parts that make up Malaysia. 11 of these states are situated in the Malayan Peninsula while the states of Sabah and Sarawak make up the northern part of the Island of Borneo.

Because of its close proximity to the equator, the country of Malaysia has a tropical climate which is characterized by heavy rainfall during the rainy seasons and hot, humid days during the summer months. This is why the Cameroon Highlands has become a favorite destination for travelers visiting Malaysia. Located at 1200 meters above sea level, the Cameroon Highlands are situated in the state of Penang, one of the 11 states in the Malayan Peninsula. Travelers visiting this region are able to enjoy the fresh cool breeze as they marvel at the spectacular view of the entire Peninsula. It is also the place where some of the finest teas in the world are grown. These would make great souvenirs and gifts for your friends when you head back home.

The rich and diverse landscape in Malaysia provides nature lovers a number of different activities that they can enjoy. Apart from the numerous pristine beaches, travelers visiting to Malaysia can enjoy a variety of nature-filled activities inland as well. Travel off to the Island of Borneo and visit the Lubang Nasib Bagus located in the state of Sarawak. It is the largest single cave in the entire world and is part of a larger system of caves which can be found in the Gunung Mulu National Park, which is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic plant and wildlife species in the world.

For a dose of the rich cultural heritage during your visit to Malaysia, the Langkawi Islands found along the northwest coast of the country is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Malayan culture. Some of the most visited tourist attractions in Langkawi are the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque and the Batu Caves.

No trip to Malaysia is going to be complete without visiting the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Home of the infamous Petronas Towers, the city of Kuala Lumpur offers travelers a perfect blend of the old and traditional with the trendy and modern. Skyscrapers stand as glimmering needles touching the sky right beside magnificent temples and theaters which continues to serve as a reminder of the culture and history of the entire country.

If you are planning to visit Malaysia for the first time, the best time to go is during the annual Kite-Flying Festival held in the state of Kelantan. Each year, thousands of beautifully crafted kites are launched into the air. The festival’s roots can be traced back to antiquity when the Chinese immigrants to Malaysia introduced kite flying to the locals and instantly became a favorite Malayan past time.

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