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Malaysia

The Destination - Malaysia, the former British colony, comprises of the mainland peninsula and eastern states on the island of Borneo in the heart of South – East Asia. The entire country is divided into 13 states and three federal territories in total. Kuala Lumpur is the administrative capital of the country. Being the land of fascinating sights and attractions, Malaysia never fails to leave its visitors in awe. From pristine rainforest to breathtaking mountains, unspoiled islands to amazing underwater kingdoms, bird watching wetlands to mega shopping bonanza, wherever you go the legendary warmth of Malaysia would prove to be a very wonderful experience.

Language - The official language is Bahasa Melayu, but English is spoken by most (it's taught in all national schools as a second language), particularly in urban and tourist areas. Besides, Chinese dialects and Tamil are also spoken.

Population - Malaysia’s total population is estimated around 22 million and mainly comprises of three main races ---Malay, Chinese and Indians. Malays, who are Muslims, form the majority of the country, while the Chinese are mostly Buddhists and the Indians mainly Hindu.

Currency - The Malaysian currency is Ringgit (RM), which is also referred as Malaysian Dollar. Notes come in denominations RM1000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5, 2, and RM1 while coins come in denominations RM1 and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 sen (cents). In Malaysia you may also come across many commemorative coins in different denominations, which are legal tender.

When to go - Malaysia has a tropical climate throughout the year, enjoying warm days and mild evenings in all seasons. With temperature fluctuates little throughout the year (usually 21 to 32 decree Celsius), travel in Malaysia is a pleasure.

How to get there - The new KL International Airport at Sepang, 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur is the main gateway to Malaysia. Some other major international airports, which serves as entry points include Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi. There are also rail and road connections to Malaysia from Singapore and Thailand.

Must See

  1. Sunway Lagoon - A fine collection of theme lands, each having a charm of its own. Here you will find Adventure Park, Wild Wild West Park, Surf Beach, Elephant Walk and many other exciting activities.
  2. Malacca - The oldest trading port of Malaysia where you will come across some of the renowned Portuguese remnants and Churches.
  3. Genting Highlands - Malaysia’s most developed hill resort and the only casino to be found in the country. Perched at a height of 2000 m above sea level, the resort combines serenity with the best of excitement, luxury and entertainment. Take your excitement to the limit with a day’s ride at the Genting Theme Park.
  4. Langkawi - A cluster of 104 islands, many of which are just outcrops of coral that make up Langkawi. The island’s many coves, lagoons and inlets make it ideal for all kinds of water sports such as swimming, sailing, fishing and scuba diving.
  5. Penang Island - One of the premier resort areas in Malaysia. The Botanical Garden, Fly Farm and plenty of water sport opportunities make Penang Island a prime attraction world over. Nestled on the island’s northeast coast is the most vibrant city of Georgetown.
  6. Cameron Highlands - A series of breathtaking hill stations at altitudes between 1500 m and 1800m in the center of Peninsular Malaysia.
  7. Batu Caves - These huge caves in Kuala Lumpur form an intense backdrop to the spectacularly masochistic feats performed annually by Thaipusam devotees.
  8. Ipoh - Malaysia’s third largest city that exhibits the ghosts of its grand colonial days with the mixture of colonial and modern architecture.
  9. Port Dickson – An 18 km long stretch of sand with enormous opportunities for all kinds of water sports and fishing adventures.
  10. Tioman - It boasts some of the most fabulous beaches in the world. Waters here are filled with coral and marine life of every hue and shade.


 

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