Information about Malaysia

Malaysia is in the Southeast Asian region, located between Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. It is a diverse country due to its multi-cultural constituents, who are made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and other ethnic groups and that they bring with them their language, their beliefs, and their own unique customs and festivals. Malaysia consists of 11 states located in Peninsular Malaysia and two states that are on the northern region of Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak. The country's diversity is not just in its own unique people, but also in its geographical settings, such that there are as many highlands as there are as many sandy beaches along its coastlines. Click here to find home ideas Malaysia .

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and it is home to a lot of British colonial landmarks, like the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. A must-see tour in Kuala Lumpur is the famed, 451 meter-tall Petronas Twin Towers, which has a public sky bridge and observation deck.

Malays make up 57% of the population, the largest ethnic group, who are predominantly practising Islam and Malay traditions, of which their conversion to Islam from Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism is largely due to the great influence of the Melaka royal court. About 25% of the population comprises the second largest ethnic group who are the Malaysian Chinese, who introduced three kinds of Chinese languages in the peninsula, which are Hokkien on the northern island of Penang, Cantonese in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, and Mandarin in the southern state of Johor. The Tamil-speaking Malaysian Indians comprise 10% of the country's population, whose descendants came to Malaysia during the British colonial rule. They are predominantly Hindus and they contribute to the multi-culture in co-existence with other ethnic groups, with their spicy cuisine, temples and sari costumes. Click here to find more information about Malaysia .

Malaysia's government is described as Parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislative system, such that the head of state is called Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a State Monarch position that is awarded to one belonging to the royal court every five years and the head of government, who is the prime minister. The national language is Malay or known as Bahasa Melayu, however, English is very much spoken in the country.

The most frequented places by tourists in Malaysia are the following: Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, for its myriad of wares from handi crafts, wooden carvings, to fabrics, jewelry and food stalls; the capital city of Penang, which is George Town where the biggest Chinese population resides, the city is rich in historical buildings, as well as skyscrapers; Langkawi island is as breathtaking as its beautiful, fine-sand beaches and coastal mangroves and where there is a blend of luxuriant vegetation and untouched rainforest; and Taman Negara national park is home to many endangered animals, such as the Malaysian tigers, crab-eating macaque and Asian elephants. The park is so vast that it has a rainforest where you can tread through its 530-meter long Canaopy Walkway, and dense jungles, where you get to see a variety of bird species.