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Asia Guide - Malaysia

To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.

Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.

Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture.Malaysia is divided into 13 states and 3 Federal Territories, separated by the South China Sea with 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) in Peninsular Malaysia and two states and 1 federal territory (Labuan) in East Malaysia.

Map of Malaysia

States:

  1. Johor Bahru
  2. Kedah
  3. Kelantan
  4. Malacca (Melaka)
  5. Negeri Sembilan
  6. Pahang
  7. Perak
  8. Perlis
  9. Penang
  10. Sabah
  11. Sarawak
  12. Selangor
  13. Terengganu

 

Federal Territories:

  1. Kuala Lumpur
  2. Labuan
  3. Putrajaya

 

There are two islands that Malaysia is located, and they are the West which is called Peninsular Malaysia and the East and called Borneo. Here we are going to talk about Peninsular Malaysia. To know about Borneo, click here.

One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

Malaysia is the 42th most populous country with a total population of 28,334,135. Malaysia has a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. The original culture of the area stemmed from indigenous tribes that inhabited it, along with the Malays who later moved there. Substantial influence exists from Chinese and Indian culture, dating back to when foreign trade began. Other cultural influences include the Persian, Arabic, and British cultures. Due to the structure of the government, coupled with the social contract theory, there has been minimal cultural assimilation of ethnic minorities. Some cultural disputes exist between Malaysia and neighbouring countries, notably Indonesia. The two countries have a similar cultural heritage, sharing many traditions and items. However, disputes have arisen over things ranging from culinary dishes to Malaysia's national anthem. Strong feelings exist in Indonesia about protecting their national heritage.

Malaysians observe a number of holidays and festivities throughout the year and the are observed by particular ethnic or religion groups, and the main holiday of each major group has been declared a public holiday. The most observed national holiday is Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) on 31 August, commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya in 1957. Malaysia Day on 16 September commemorates federation in 1963. Other notable national holidays are Labour Day (1 May) and the King's birthday (first week of June).Muslim holidays are prominent as Islam is the state religion; Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, and others being observed. Malaysian Chinese celebrate festivals such as Chinese New Year and others relating to traditional Chinese beliefs. Hindus in Malaysia celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights, while Thaipusam is a religious rite which sees pilgrims from all over the country converge at the Batu Caves. Malaysia's Christian community celebrates most of the holidays observed by Christians elsewhere, most notably Christmas on the 25 December and Easter. East Malaysians also celebrate a harvest festival known as Gawai, and another one known as Kaamatan. Despite most festivals being identified with a particular ethnic or religious group, celebrations are universal. In a custom known as "open house" Malaysians participate in the celebrations of others, often visiting the houses of those who identify with the festival.

For the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

 

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and one of the three Federal Territories of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and having an estimated of 1.7 million in 2015.

Kuala Lumpur has 11 districts

  1. Bukit Bintang
  2. Titiwangsa
  3. Setiawangsa
  4. Wangsa Maju
  5. Batu
  6. Kepong
  7. Segambut
  8. Lembah Pantai
  9. Seputeh
  10. Bandar Tun Razak
  11. Cheras

 

Petronas Twin Towers

Once were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower and has around 88 floors.

At the bottom is Suria KLCC which is an upmarket retail center at the feet of the Petronas Towers. It features mostly foreign luxury goods and high-street labels. Its attractions include an art gallery, a philharmonic theatre, an underwater aquarium and also a Science center. Suria KLCC is one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia. Altogether with the KLCC park that spans over 17 acres (6.9 ha) below the building is the KLCC Park with jogging and walking paths, a fountain with incorporated light show, wading pools, and a children's playground.

Kuala Lumpur Tower

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its construction was completed on 1 March 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 metres (1,381 feet) and is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 metres (1,099 feet). The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners with a panoramic view of the city.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands is a high-altitude hill resort in Malaysia, located in the Titiwangsa Mountains northeast of Kuala Lumpur. Developed since the 1960s, the site comprises hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants and the Casino de Genting. Its Chin Swee Caves Temple sits on forested acreage with mountain views. Genting Skyway, a cable car, connects the resort with the plateau town Gohtong Jaya.

Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square is a 48-storey, 203 m twin tower, hotel, condominium, indoor amusement park (Berjaya Times Square Theme Park) and shopping centre complex in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a shopping mall situated in the Bukit Bintang district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mid Valley Megamall

Mid Valley Megamall is a complex comprising a shopping mall, an office tower block, 30 offices, and 2 hotels located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was opened in November 1999.

Selangor

Selangor is a state on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, encircling the capital Kuala Lumpur. In the state capital, Shah Alam, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque has 4 soaring minarets and a huge blue dome. To the northeast are the limestone Batu Caves, which house ornately decorated Hindu shrines. A large golden statue of the Hindu god Lord Murugan stands at the entrance, and monkeys scamper about.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the state mosque of Selangor, Malaysia. It is located in Shah Alam. It is the country's largest mosque and also the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia after Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta in Indonesia.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu, which flows past the hill and also it is the tenth limestone hill from Ampang.

Sunway Lagoon

The Sunway Lagoon is a theme park in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. It was officially opened by then former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad on 29 April 1993.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. With a causeway across the Straits of Johor connecting it to Singapore, it’s a gateway for exploration of that island nation. On the Johor Bahru's waterfront is Istana Besar, a royal palace built by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866 that now houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum.

 

Danga Bay

Danga Bay or Teluk Danga is the largest recreational park in the city of Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

Legoland Malaysia Resort

Set at the entrance to the Legoland Malaysia theme park, this lively hotel with a colourful facade is 4 km from Puteri Harbour and 17 km from the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link bridge. Ranging from pirate to Egyptian-themed decor, the playful rooms have flat-screen TVs, tea and coffeemaking facilities, toy brick sets and bunk beds. Upgraded rooms sleep up to 8 guests. Room service is available. Breakfast is complimentary. Dining options include an Italian restaurant and a buffet eatery. Other amenities consist of a bar and an outdoor pool. A resort fee covers parking, in-room gifts and kids' play areas.

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque


Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque is the state mosque of Johor, Malaysia. Located along Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru, the mosque was constructed between 1892 and 1900, under the direction of Sultan Abu Bakar.

Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple known as Old Temple by the locals, is a Chinese temple located in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. Located at Jalan Trus, the temple is flanked by modern skyscrapers.

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a major Hindu temple in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It is also one of the state's tourist attraction.

Malacca (Melaka)

Malacca is a Malaysian state on the Malay Peninsula's southwest coast. The capital, Malacca City, has a colonial past seen in its preserved town center, the site of 16th-century, Portuguese St. Paul’s Church. It's also home to Christ Church, built by the Dutch in the 18th century. Next to Christ Church in Red Square is the Stadthuys, the Dutch-era town hall now housing a museum of Malaccan history and ethnography.

Christ Church

Christ Church is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia.

A Famosa

A Famosa is a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple is a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism located at No. 25 Jalan Tokong, Malacca City, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia.

Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum

The Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum is a museum located in Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia. The building is a modern reconstruction of the palace of the Malacca Sultanate. It showcases the history of the region.

Penang (Pulau Pinang)


Penang is a Malaysian island off the Malay Peninsula in the Strait of Malacca. In George Town, the capital of Penang state, foreign influences are evident in landmarks like colonial Fort Cornwallis, Chinese clan temple Khoo Kongsi and Indian-style Kapitan Keling Mosque. Other notable religious sites include the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple and Hindu Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

Kek Lok Si

The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang facing the sea and commanding an impressive view, and is one of the best known temples on the island. It is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

Wat Chayamangkalaram

Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, most notable for its Reclining Buddha statue. The statue is the 3rd largest of its kind, being 33 meters in length.

Penang Botanic Gardens

The Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as the "Waterfall Gardens" because of the cascading waterfall nearby, is a public park situated on Jalan Air Terjun in George Town on Penang Island, Malaysia.

Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

The Penang State Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Negeri Sembilan


Negeri Sembilan is a Malaysian state on the Malay Peninsula's southwest coast, known for its beaches, nature parks and palaces. To the west, on the Malacca Strait, the area around Port Dickson has seaside resorts, the Wan Loong Chinese Temple and the Kota Lukut hilltop fort. South along the coast, in the neighboring state of Malacca, is Cape Rachado (Tanjung Tuan), a nature reserve with a lighthouse.

 

 

Putrajaya

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Putrajaya, officially the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, is a planned city and the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

 

Labuan


Labuan, officially the Federal Territory of Labuan, is a federal territory of Malaysia. It is made up of the homonymous Labuan Island and six smaller islands, and is located off the coast of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia.

 

Pahang

Pahang is a large state in Peninsular Malaysia. It's known for its mountains, rainforests and beaches, including the white sands and coral reefs of Tioman Island off the east coast. The state capital, Kuantan, is a major seaport. In the west, the gentle hills of the Cameron Highlands include resorts, tea plantations and terraced farms, and the village of Fraser’s Hill resembles an English hamlet.

 

Terengganu


Terengganu formerly spelled Trengganu or Tringganu is a sultanate and constitutive state of federal Malaysia. The state is also known by its Arabic honorific, Dāru l-Īmān.

 

Kelantan


Kelantan is a rural state in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia. Kota Bharu, the riverside capital, is home to royal palaces like the wooden Istana Jahar. Sultan Ismail Petra Arch is an ornate timber structure with Islamic inscriptions. The central market, Pasar Siti Khadijah, is crowned by a glass dome. Balai Getam Guri village is known for its handicrafts, including silverware, batik and embroidery.

 

Kedah


Kedah is a state in northwest Malaysia, bordering Thailand and encompassing the Langkawi archipelago. On Langkawi Island, the SkyCab cable car passes over rainforest to reach the peak of Mt. Machinchang. Here, the SkyBridge pedestrian bridge curves across the landscape. Nearby are the 7 pools of Telaga Tujuh waterfall. In Kuah, the island's main ferry port, an eagle statue dominates Eagle Square’s star-shaped jetty.

 

Perlis


Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia. It lies at the northern part of the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and has the Satun and Songkhla Provinces of Thailand on its northern border. It is bordered by the state of Kedah to the south.

 

Perak


Perak is a state in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia. The capital city Ipoh is known for its British colonial landmarks, including a baroque railway station. Sam Poh Tong is a huge Buddhist cave temple filled with wall paintings. The town of Gopeng is a base for rafting on the Kampar river. Off the west coast, the resort island of Pulau Pangkor has forested hills and the ruins of a 17th-century Dutch fort.

For info on Sarawak and Sabah, click here.

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