Malaysia is a cultural hub and a colorful mixture of people from all parts of the world. Bustling cities, colonial architectures, beautiful islands, wild jungles, adventure sports, and a paradise for Shopaholics and foodies, the country has something to offer to travelers of all ages and taste.
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Malaysia is the 67th largest country by total land area, with a land area of 329,847 sq km. It has land borders with Thailand in West Malaysia, and Indonesia and Brunei in East Malaysia. It is linked to Singapore by a narrow causeway, and also has maritime boundaries with Vietnam and the Philippines.
The land borders are defined in large part by geological features such as the Perlis River, the Golok River and the Pagalayan Canal, whilst some of the maritime boundaries are the subject of ongoing contention. Brunei forms what is almost an enclave in Malaysia, with the state of Sarawak divides it into two parts.
Malaysia is the only country with territory on both the Asian mainland and the Malay Archipelago.
TanjungPiai, located in the southern state of Johor, is the southernmost tip of continental Asia. The Strait of Malacca, lying between Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, is one of the most important thoroughfares in global commerce, carrying 40 per cent of the world's trade.
The local climate of Malaysia is equatorial and characterized by the annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons. The temperature is moderated by the presence of the surrounding oceans. Humidity is usually high, and the average annual rainfall is 250 centimeters. The climates of the Peninsula and the East differ, as the climate on the peninsula is directly affected by wind from the mainland, as opposed to the more maritime weather of the East. Local climates can be divided into three regions, Highland, Lowland, and Coastal.
- Kuala Lumpur
- Johor Bahru
- Petaling Jaya
Major Attractions (Travellers/Students):
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, present a happy mix.
The top five must-visit tourist attractions in Malaysia:
- Mulu Caves
- Sepilok Rehabilition Centre
- Perhentian Islands
- Petronas Twin Towers
The country code for Malaysia is 60 and the international call prefix is 00 while the exit code needed for making any international calls from Malaysia is 00.
The emergency number for police and ambulance is 999/112 (for mobile telephones).
Travel Tips for Malaysia:
- Remove shoes when entering homes and places of worship.
- Dress conservatively covering arms and legs while visiting places of worship.
- Do not point your foot at someone.
- Mains voltage in Malaysia is 240 volts, and the power sockets are of type G so an appropriate converter and adapter is needed.