General Information About Malaysia
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About Malaysia Location
Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia, sharing borders with Thailand in the north, Indonesia in the south, and the Philippines in the east. The country extends over an area of 329,758 square kilometers. Comparatively, the territory of Malaysia is a little bigger than that of the state of New Mexico. The strategic value of Malaysia is in its geographic location adjacent the Strait of Malacca, which is the main sea route connecting the Far East to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
About Malaysia Weather
The whole of Malaysia has a perfect equatorial weather with high temperatures and humid months during the year. Temperatures at sea level lie between 21ºC to 32ºC, whilst at higher elevations; it is much calmer with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. Annual rainfall ranges from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.
Malaysia Culture and History
Malaysia’s official religion is Islam and 60% of the population is Muslim, but the country also has Hindu and Buddhist populations. Social conventions in Malaysia are governed by religion and culture, with various norms amongst Muslim Malays, Indian Hindus and followers of Chinese religions. The catch-all greeting in Bahasa Melayu is selamat. The standard title for Malay men is Encik (pronounced Enchik), which can be used with or without the person’s name; single Malay women should be called Cik (pronounced Che) and married women Puan. Touching the hand to the chest is a symbol of respect and a relaxed wrist and gentle touch should be adopted when shaking hands. Footwear should be taken off at the door when entering a house or temple. Outside the workplace, dress should be informal, but not overly casual.
The name Malaysia comes from an old term for the entire Malay archipelago. A geographically divided Malaysia emerged out of the territories colonized by Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Immigrants from south China and south India came to British Malaya as labor, while the Malay population worked in small holdings and rice cultivation. The climactic event in forming Malaysia was the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia from 1942-1945. The other crucial event was the largely Chinese communist rebellion in 1948 that remained strong to the mid-1950s. In 1963, with the addition of Singapore and the north Borneo territories, this federation became Malaysia. Difficulties of integrating the predominately Chinese population of Singapore into Malaysia remained, and under Malaysian directive Singapore became an independent republic in 1965.
Major attractions of Malaysia
This is the capital city of Malaysia is well acknowledged for the famous Petronas Twin Towers. It is also the center of many cultural activities. Merdeka Square, National Palace, National Monument, etc. are some the other main places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Known for its trails, Cameron Highlands is one of the premier hill stations of the country. The hill station is also famous for its tea plantations and has many tranquil spots and waterfalls.
Taman Negara is one of the leading national parks of Malaysia that has developed into a famous eco-tourism place. The park has some biological and geological attractions and is the home to some rare mammals.
The capital of the state of Penang is one of the best places to visit in Malaysia. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and offers view the renowned Kapitan Keling Mosque and Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Georgetown has some Buddhist temples and museums that provide a glimpse of the country’s’ rich cultural heritage.
Perhentian Island is composed of two islands – Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island) and Pulau Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian Island). The islands have some fantastic beaches and accommodation is quite cheap here.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park is famous for its caves and limestone karst formations. It has the largest natural chamber and some notable caves here are Benarat Cavern, Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave.
Four top-class national parks namely Loagan Bunut, Lambir Hills, Niah and Mount Mulu surround Miri, which is the northern gateway to Sarawak. The city also has many beaches and museums.
The beautiful islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar can be reached via a short boat ride from Kuala Besut. The clear waters, marine life and beautiful beaches are the main attractions of the region. The list of fun activities at the islands include diving, snorkeling, jungle walks and lazing out on the white sandy beaches.
About Malaysia Transport Connectivity
Getting to Malaysia is convenient with above 40 airlines, including Malaysia’s own carrier, Malaysia Airlines. All flights land and take off at the new state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) situated at about 50 km or an hour’s drive south of Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital. From KLIA, visitors can take respective flights to most major cities and towns in Malaysia. Buses are also an easy way to visit different places in Malaysia. It is possible to travel by rail inside and to Peninsular Malaysia via Thailand and from Singapore. Malayan Railways or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) connects all major towns in the Peninsular.