Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. - Google
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facts about Malaysia
Malaya declared independence from British Empire on 31st August 1957, and Malaysia was formed with the union of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16th September 1963. However, Singapore separated from Malaysia on 9th August 1965 due to political and economical differences.
Malaysia is made up of two main landmasses - Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. They are separated by the South China Sea.
National Language: Malay
National Anthem: Negaraku
National Animal: Malayan Tiger
National Flower: Hibiscus
National Colour: Black and Gold
The national currency is the ringgit, which is a dated term for "jagged" in the Malay language. It refers to the serrated edges of silver Spanish dollars which were widely used in the 16th and 17th century.
Malaysia has 3 Major Ethnics - Malay, Chinese, and Indian. Another 59 Minor Ethnics are known as Bumiputera.
Malaysia has a unique rotating monarchy system, in which 9 ethnic Malay state rulers take turns as king for five-year terms.
Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu (Malay)
'Unity is Strength'
برسكوتو برتمبه موتو (Malay in the Jawi Script)
World's Largest Cave
The Sarawak Cave Chamber is the largest known cave chamber in the world. It is located in Gunung Mulu National Park, on the island of Borneo.
World's Largest Flower
Rafflesia can bloom up to 70 to 110 cm across, or over three feet.
USB Flash Drive
It was a Malaysian, Pua Khein Seng, who invented the technology behind USB Flash Drives in 2001.
Natural Disaster Free
Malaysia lies in a geographically stable region, relatively free from natural disasters, but is still affected by man-made disasters.
Dr. Wu Lien-Teh was celebrated with Google's Doodle on 10th March for his 142nd Birthday. He is a Chinese-Malaysian epidemiologist invented a surgical face covering that is considered the precursor to the N95 mask, which is widely used today to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Shoe designer Jimmy Choo was born in Penang, Malaysia. Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the Order of the British Empire in 2003.
Port Klang is the busiest shipping lane in the world. It is also the second biggest port in the Southeast region, just outside of the world's top 10. Situated on the West coast of the Malay Peninsular on the Malacca Strait, its traffic reached 12.3 million in 2018.
AirAsia is the largest airline in Malaysia by fleet size and destinations. It is the 11th consecutive winner of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline award at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019, which is popularly followed as the global benchmark of airline excellence.
Tallest building in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tallest Communication Tower in South East Asia
7th tallest telecommunication tower in the world
Completed on 13 September 1994
Height of 421 m (1,381 ft)
Tallest Twin Tower in the World
Tallest building in the World from 1998 to 2004
Completed on 1 March 1996
Height of 451.9 m (1,483 ft)
Petronas Twin Tower
A skyscraper within the Tun Razak Exchange
Currently the 2nd tallest tower in Malaysia after Petronas Twin Tower
Completed on September 2019
Height of 445.5 m (1,462 ft)
Soon to be the 2nd tallest tower in the World
Soon to be the tallest tower in Malaysia and South East Asia
Estimated Completion on 2022
Height of 644 m (2,113 ft)
1. Petronas Twin Towers
If you dare, venture up to the viewing deck on Level 86 of the world's tallest twin towers, and feast your eyes on the amazing sights of Malaysia’s capital city.
2. Petaling Street
This lively destination is declared as a heritage site and pedestrian only to cater to all your shopping, eating, and socialising needs.
3. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
As the oldest Hindu temple in the capital city of Malaysia, it boasts an impressive incorporation of Spanish and Italian tiles, precious stones, and gold in its designs
4. Batik Boutique
The beautiful boutique gift shops offer gorgeous handmade souvenirs, including gift apparels, fashion accessories, and homeware, fashioned by low-income rural Malaysian women.
5. National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)
Situated among 13 acres of gardens, it cuts a striking image especially with a 73-metre-high minaret and a 16-pointed star concrete main roof.
6. Islamic Arts Museum
As the largest museum of Islamic arts in South East Asia, it houses over 7k artifacts from the Islamic world.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
1. Perdana Putra
This office complex is the Prime Minister’s Office, featuring palatial-style green dome and stone walls as a blend of Islamic and modern architecture.
2. Putra Mosque
Built in 1997, rose-tinted granites give off its iconic pink hue. It drew inspiration from Malay and Middle Eastern influences, and visitors must wear the robes provided at the entrance.
3. Millennium Monument
Designed in 2005, this is the first monument built in Putrajaya. The surrounding walkway and panels beautifully illustrate the history of Malaysia.
4. Justice Museum in the Palace of Justice
It has a Taj-Mahal-like architecture, spacious courtyard, mock-ups of the High Court trial with costume displays, biographies of Chief Justices, panels on the development of the legal system, and Batu Bersurat, a stone monument which lists the Islamic Commandments in 1303AD.
5. Moroccan Pavilion
As a symbol of the diplomatic ties between Morocco and Malaysia, the architecture and craftsmanship bear close resemblance to Moroccan villages and imperial cities, with rooms filled with colourful terracotta tiles and ornate muqarnas vaults.
6. Putrajaya Botanical Garden
Its five thematic gardens houses collections of indigenous plants and lush natural landscapes. The Explorer’s Trail has a tree-lined canopy bridge, the Palm Hill has over 50 species of palm trees, and the Sun Garden has other thriving plants.
7. Iron Mosque (Tunku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque)
This architectural wonder is constructed primarily from steel, and its “wire mesh” architecture draws inspiration from Chinese and German designs. From afar, it resembles a metal or glass like structure.
Palace of Justice
1. Labuan Island
Join a thrilling tour and explore all four shipwrecks including Cement, Australian, Blue Water, and American Wrecks. You will also swim with thousands of fish through the submerged compartments.
2. Labuan’s Botanical Gardens
This tropical paradise is a public park with hundreds of plants, colorful flowers, and shady spots. The 19th-century British Government House, destroyed during WWII, lies in ruins within, along with Labuan’s oldest graveyard that dates back to 1847.
3. Marine Museum
The exhibit is inside the International Sea Sports Complex. It showcases rich maritime history through an array of artifacts rescued from Labuan’s four shipwrecks, and aquariums with starfish, corals, and sea cucumbers.
4. Labuan Bird Park
This is home to over 580 birds inside its semi-wild enclosures, a small number of the millions of birds that live inside Borneo’s ancient jungles.
5. Labuan’s Chimney
A truly mysterious structure with unknown origins and use, it stands at 32 meters (105 feet) and is made up of over 23k red bricks shipped from England.
6. Labuan Island’s World War II Memorial
This is the largest war memorial in Malaysia, with a total of 3,908 allied Australian, British, Malaysian, Indian, and New Zealand soldiers resting inside rows of immaculate graves, due to brief Japanese occupation.
7. Labuan Clock Tower
Since 2002, today’s stately clock tower replaced the original damaged structure during WWII. It is white-washed and blends different architectural styles over its three tiers, while the clock face sits under a pyramidal-shaped roof.
Labuan Bird Park
World War II Memorial
1. Jalan Alor Night Food Court
This is a famous food street in the heart of the capital city of Malaysia. From food stalls to utilitarian restaurants, Malaysian delicacies are served without fail, night and day.
2. Batu Caves
This national treasure is an impressive limestone hill with a series of cathedral-like caves and cave temples. A colossal 140 feet tall, gold-painted statue of Murugan stands guard nearby.
3. Sky Mirror (Sasaran Beach)
Experience walking on water, and witness the skies meeting the ends of the earth, right here on the waters of this mysterious beach.
4. Kuala Selangor Fireflies
A fairytale boat trip to this park will leave you marvelling at the magic of large colonies of dancing fireflies at nearby mangroves.
5. Tadom Hill Resorts
A Bamboo-Inspired Resort : Tadom's Hakka Village has 45 acres of breathtaking tropical beauty, and is the only Malaysian Hakka village made entirely out of bamboo.
6. Malaysia Agriculture Park (Taman Botani Negara)
As one of the largest agricultural parks in the world, it contains samples of almost all agricultural resources including oil and coconut palms, padi fields, fruit trees, and rubber trees that are set in a rainforest.
This small fishing village is home to many exciting tourism attractions such as the Paddy Processing Factory, the elaborate Nan Tian Temple, Redang Beach, and the Wishing Tree draped with a multitude of red ribbons.
Jalan Alor Night Food Court
Taman Botani Negara
1. Heritage Trail
This mapped route journeys past 27 important historical landmarks, including the British Colonial railway station.
2. Mural Art’s Lane
Smaller works by local artists and collectives are featured as a series of wall art - a movement initiated by Eric Lai, a local art teacher.
3. Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong Temple)
This Buddhist temple sits atop a scenic hill, where tourists will climb 450 steps to reach the cave entrance that features a 40 foot tall golden Buddha and beautiful painted wall murals.
4. Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan (Menara Condong Teluk Intan)
This left-slanted clock tower is the Malaysian equivalent of the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
5. Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut)
Initially named Maxwell Hill after the British Malaya administrator George Maxwell, but renamed as Bukit Larut in 1979, it was built in the 1880s for British residents' wives to escape from hot weather in Taiping.
6. Kellie's Castle
This unfinished, ruined mansion was built by a Scottish planter - William Kellie-Smith, either as a gift for his wife or a home for his son.
7. Sunway Lost World of Tambun
Lost World Hotel and Lost World of Tambun Theme Park : The main theme park is cocooned by lush tropical jungle, natural hot springs, and 400 million-year-old limestone hills.
8. Pangkor Island
Made up of five islands, some of the best beaches on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia are here, including Teluk Nipah, Coral Bay, and Pasir Giam, which connects to coral-ringed Giam Island during low tide.
Mural Art's Lane
Perak Cave Temple
1. Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion
Standing since the 19th century, this hotel accommodates visitors in a Chinese courtyard-style mansion that is tastefully furnished with antique fittings.
2. Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Im Teng or Kong Hock Keong)
Built in 1728 by nearby Hokkiens and Cantonese, this is Penang's oldest Taoist temple.
3. Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
On top of an epic view of the island, Penang Hill Funicular Railway is the world’s steepest tunnel track as well as Asia’s longest track.
4. Chew Jetty
This laid-back waterside clan community is the largest and most intact floating village on stilts with 75 elevated houses, multiple Chinese temples, and a community hall.
5. Gurney Drive (Persiaran Gurney)
Popularly known for its happening food scene at night-time, it is a walking esplanade located on the coast.
6. Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm
A magical world awaits you at this contemporary indoor/outdoor haven filled with live butterflies, insects, and reptiles, along with interactive workshops.
7. Penang Little India
Comprising Queen Street, Chulia Street, and Market Street, this ethnic Indian enclave is also home to the oldest Hindu temple in Penang - Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
8. Penang Avatar Secret Garden
A psychedelic experience awaits you at this movie-themed garden with neon LED lights, a beach with statues, and a skyscraper skyline.
9. Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Centered on its 'Pasar Malam' or night market, this bazaar of makeshift stalls are operated by local traders and stretches for 1km.
The Blue Mansion
Goddess of Mercy Temple
Penang Avatar Secret Garden
1. Langkawi Archipelago
This comprises of 99 small islands off the north-western coastline. The main island is famous for its skybridge and white-sand beaches.
2. Gunung Jerai - Kedah Peak
Enjoy the cool mountain air and great views of the Straits of Malacca, and remember to stop by the Forestry Museum.
3. Paddy Museum (Muzium Padi)
Wholly devoted to all things paddy, the rice plant, it highlights a 360 degree diorama portraying rural Kedah landscapes.
4. Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim
As the world’s longest rainforest canopy walk, hiking, adventure, and team building activities are very popular here.
5. Kota Kuala Muda Tsunami Memorial
This is a poignant reminder of the devastating tsunami of 26 December 2004 that affected neighbouring areas.
6. Merdeka Bridge (Jambatan Merdeka)
Constructed between 1955 and 1957, it spans the River Muda and was the scene of fighting during WWII.
1. Perlis State Park
Consisting of Mata Ayer Forest Reserve and Wang Mu Forest Reserve, it spans a total of 5k hectares and includes limestone hills and semi-deciduous forests overflowing with fauna.
2. Kelam Cave (Gua Kelam)
This 370 metres long cave is well lit and has wooden walkways. To enter, you need to go through a narrow wooden suspension bridge.
3. Arau Royal Gallery (Galeri Diraja Arau)
This Royal Gallery is right next to the Perlis Royal Palace, with many artefacts including royal uniforms, a rattan bicycle, glassware, and bronze utensils collections.
4. Perlis State Park (Taman Negeri Perlis)
All 5k hectares are located at Nakawan Range, and it is the longest continuous range of limestone hills as well as the only semi-deciduous forest in Malaysia.
5. Timah Tasoh Lake (Tasik Timah Tasoh)
This reservoir was built in 1992 to supply water to the people, and for flood prevention. Its name is a combination of its source rivers - Timah River and Tasoh River.
6. Keteri Hills (Bukit Keteri)
Its limestone karst formation looks like two close-standing towers, thus said to be one of the hardest hills to climb in Asia.
Timah Tasoh Lake
1. Gunung Stong State Park
As one of Malaysia’s most unspoilt forest reserves, hiking, camping, and waterfalls visits will prove to be spectacular.
2. Gua Musang
This is the cave where archaeologists have found evidence of human occupation going as far back as 5k years.
3. Pulai Princess Cave
Located in a limestone karst tower known as Princess Hill, it contains a Guan Yin statue carved from a large stalagmite.
4. Phothivihan Buddhist Temple (Wat Phothivihan or Wat Yamu)
Completed in 1979, it is famous for housing its colourful 40m-long Reclining Buddha statue, the largest in Malaysia.
5. Istana Jahar
Dating back to 1887, this is one of the prettiest buildings in the area, with an amazing display of craft objects including batik pieces weaved in the traditional style. A range of Kelantanese weddings, funerals, and other local ceremonies are displayed through diagrams and photographs.
6. Bank Kerapu
Built in 1912 as part of the Mercantile Bank of India, the bank is also a War Museum on the Japanese invasion and subsequent occupation of Malaysia in WWII, with memorabilia including old photographs and ancient weaponry.
7. Istana Batu
Painted a brilliant pastel yellow and dating back to 1939, this was the official palace of the crown prince of Kelantan, and now donated as a state museum. Opulent rooms display family memorabilia and collections that belonged to the royal family, including a quirky collection of hats that once belonged to the late prince.
Gunung Stong State Park
Pulai Princess Cave
1. Sungai Lembing
This town is an essential part of Malaysia's tin mining heritage, with a museum, a panoramic hill view, 'hanging bridges', and nearby caves and waterfalls.
2. Gua Charas (Charas Cave)
Located in a spectacular limestone outcrop, both Buddhist and Hindu symbols are housed here, including a reclining Buddha statue.
3. Pulau Tioman
This volcanic island is among the ranks of the world's most beautiful, and thus popular for snorkelling, scuba diving, rock climbing, waterfalls, and jungle trekking.
4. Lake Chini
As Malaysia’s second largest body of freshwater, it is made up of 12 inter-connected lakes amid 12k acres of lush wetland wilderness.
5. Cameron Highlands
As one of most popular and well-developed of Malaysia's hill resorts, fun activities range from strawberry picking to mountain hiking.
6. Fraser's Hill
It still retains the sleepy charm of a colonial hill station. This mountain village has highland rainforests, extensive birdlife, nature paths including Pine Tree Trail and Bishop Trail, and cross jungle terrains sheltering migratory birds, Malayan tigers, and rare trig oak trees. Jeriau Waterfall and Allan’s Water Lake are close by.
7. Genting Highlands
Famous for its casino and theme park, visitors can also visit the nearby Chin Swee Temple, Cradle Rock, and mushroom farm.
8. Taman Negara
As the largest remaining stretch of untouched rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia, it provides a range of adventure and ecotourism activities.
9. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Embark on a thrilling adventure of hand feeding elephants, bareback elephant riding, and then give them a scrub-down in the river.
1. Eagle Ranch Resort
This Wild West themed resort has Mid-Western themed rooms such as Tepee, Band Wagon, and Kampung Houses, with a wide range of team building activities.
2. Gemas Railway Station
Electrified in 2014, this old railway station (currently being modernised) is where the famous Jungle Railway starts from.
3. Sri Menanti Palace
This former royal palace located at the royal capital was built 110 years ago using wood but without a single nail. Since 1992, it has been the museum of royal regalia such as costumes, furniture, and weapons.
4. Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Kepong
Despite being a small village of only 150 inhabitants, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Malaysia.
5. The Sandalwood
Founded in the 1950s, it is a unique local craft store for novelty sandalwood products and souvenirs, including decorative beads, statues, wood pieces, and fragrant essential oils.
6. Seremban Cultural Complex
Made up of three separate buildings -the Negeri Sembilan House, the State Museum, and Ampang Tinggi Palace, this is the best place to delve into the rich heritage and culture and admire the unique Mingangkabau architecture designs.
7. Sze Koon Temple (Centipede Temple)
This Buddhist complex is 260 steps up a hill, past many vibrant statues, various types of centipedes found outside the temple, and the statue of a giant centipede at the entrance.
Sri Menanti Palace
Sze Koon Temple
1. Teck Soon Heritage House
Painted in three different hues of blue, it stands in the heritage area of Chinatown as a museum on the history of Peranakan or Straits Chinese culture.
2. Ho Ann Kiong Buddhist Temple
The astounding riot of color in its ornate courtyard as well as the colorful interior represents the diversity in Kuala Terengganu.
3. Pulau Duyung
As the largest island in the estuary across from the city, its fishing boat building businesses demonstrate the same century-old style and tools.
4. Masjid Terapung
A direct translation of ‘Floating Mosque’ in Malay, it is painted a brilliant white and stands above a magnificent man-made lake using water from the nearby Ibai River.
5. Maziah Palace (Istana Maziah)
One of the prettiest buildings in the area, this is the former palace of the sultan and was constructed in the traditional colonial architecture style.
6. Zainal Abidin Mosque
It is topped with nine gleaming domes and covered with ornate latticed windows, allowing light to be patterned across its interior floors.
7. Redang Island (Pulau Redang)
As part of the wider Redang Island Marine Park, there is a wide range of underwater delights including some 500 kinds of coral, over 3k species of fish, and 1k kinds of bivalves.
8. Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal)
One of the prettiest and most modern Muslim places of worship in Malaysia, it features a large crystal chandelier to match much of its of steel and glass structure that is colourfully illumitated and sparkling at night.
Ho Ann Kiong Buddhist Temple
1. Legoland Malaysia
This unique LEGO® themed destination provides unforgettable experiences through theme parks, water parks, and aquariums.
2. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
This amusement park has a playground and a Kitty House, and offers craft activities and live entertainment featuring Hello Kitty and friends.
3. Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the area, a mix of antique shops and colonial buildings boast the traditional Chinese style architecture.
4. Johor Zoo
It dates back to 1928, as one of the first zoos to be built in Southeast Asia. Over a hundred different species of animals, bird, and reptiles are housed here.
5. Angry Birds Theme Park
This 26k square feet of indoor play areas and obstacle courses is inspired by the Angry Birds game.
6. Grand Palace of Johor (Istana Besar Johor)
The royal palace of the Sultan of Johor is truly majestic, and is still currently used for state banquets and royal functions.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
1. Windmill Dutch Square Melaka
This historic square features maroon-colored structures in the style of the Dutch colonial era, and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens.
2. Jonker Street
As the centre street of Chinatown, it is renowned for a harmonious blend of cultures, antique shops, and historical sites.
3. St. Paul’s Church
This Catholic church was built by the Portuguese in 1521 on the site of the last Malaccan sultan's palace (istana).
4. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Located in the old district of UNESCO Heritage area, this museum showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays (Peranakan).
5. Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum
This gallery houses and exhibits the life of the Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He).
These are the remains of the Romanesque architecture of Porta De Santiago, which was built to be a fortress by the Portuguese way back in 1511. Sir Stamford Raffles saved these from destruction by the Dutch in 1810.
7. Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary (Taman Rama-rama dan Reptilia Melaka)
Visitors can enjoy wildlife and insects, including butterflies, crocs, and snakes, amid lush tropical gardens.
8. Christ Church
The 18th-century Anglican church is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia, and its red buildings’ lure is mostly attributed to meticulous preservations.
9. Coral Wonderland Melaka
As Malaysia’s first coral park with the longest coral aquarium, it hosts over 1k species of marine fish and corals, and is also home to Asia’s longest touch pool.
Windmill Dutch Square
St. Paul's Church
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
1. Sarawak Cultural Village
This is a living museum where visitors can learn more about traditions and lifestyles in Sarawak. The buildings there, including the Iban longhouse, represent major ethnic groups.
Also known as the Glowing Beach, it was discovered to have the “blue tears” phenomenon on its sands in 2015.
3. Kuching Waterfront
Along the beautiful Kuching river, this riverside walk stretches for about 1.3km.
4. Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building (Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak Baru)
With a golden roof and its chamber furnished in red, the current state legislative complex of Sarawak cuts a grand image.
5. India Street
Its brightly painted alleyways are lined with shops selling all types of wares, particularly textiles.
6. Sarawak State Museum
As the oldest museum in Borneo, it was founded in 1888 and opened in 1891 to catalogue the impressive Iban culture.
7. Textile Museum and Tun Jugah Collection
Private collections of hand-woven textiles are displayed alongside Iban artefacts, giving textile buffs a more hands on look.
8. Main Bazaar and Carpenter Street
Iban black-and-white rattan mats, as well as other Bornean antiques, handicrafts, and souvenirs, are sold right here on the oldest street in the area.
9. Semenggoh Nature Reserve
As a sanctuary for Borneo's endangered species – Orangutans, it is also a nature reserve and primate rehabilitation center sheltering many bird species.
Sarawak Cultural Village
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
1. Jesselton Point Waterfront
A perfect combination of delicious local food and scenic views, this also serves as the only ferry transportation terminal for Labuan-bound passengers.
2. Mari Mari Cultural Village
Experience Sabah’s rich heritage all at once, through traditional dance performances, and hunting and fishing practices by the region’s five ethnic groups - Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, Murut, and Dusun.
3. Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan)
As one of the better scuba diving destinations in the world, it is home to over 3k species of fish as well as hundreds of coral reefs.
4. Mount Kinabalu
Popularly regarded as one of the tallest peaks in South East Asia, this is a perfect challenge for hikers to conquer.
5. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
Founded in 1964, this is the very first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, and illegal hunting or kept as pets.
6. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm (Ladang Tenusu Desa Cattle)
This is a dairy farm where most of Sabah's cow milk and dairy products are sourced.
7. Upside Down House Sabah (Rumah Terbalik Sabah)
The first of its kind in South East Asia, it looks like a traditional Sabah village house from outside but your world will literally be turned upside down once you enter!
8. Poring Hot Spring (Kolam Air Panas Poring)
This resort offers natural hot springs of sulphuric water, which is known for its skin-curative properties.
Food is Fusion
If Malaysia is renowned for its cultural diversity, then it is the cuisine that substantiates this claim. From Nyonya dishes (a mix of Chinese and Malay flavors, apropos the Peranakan culture) to Mamak food (a blend of Indian and Malay fare), Malaysians understand and know how to have a feast while practicing muhibah.
The major durian season usually begins in the middle of June until the end of August where durian sales are at their peak; however, there are a few minor ones throughout the year. In Malaysia, you can see people eating freshly opened durian at the durian roadside stalls. Other than that, Malaysians also love eating durian with rice, coconut milk, and sugar; and even make durian ice cream. Some even ferment it and use it as a pickle. The ingredients are so active that sealed bottles have been known to explode under pressure! Durian is known as the King of Fruits, but not everyone can bear the pungent odor.
Everyone drinks Milo
Babies and adults, expats and locals, monkeys and humans all bond over Milo (pronounced ‘my-low’). This chocolate-and-malt drink is so integral to Malaysian existence that local food courts and coffee shops will serve Milo, but not chocolate. (“You want hot chocolate? You mean hot Milo?”) It comes in various forms, too — iced, jellied, caked, cocktailed, and dinosaured. During sports day, Milo Trucks will visit school to give out free Milo to students, and that is almost every Malaysian’s childhood memory.
Mamak - the Night Life of Malaysian
In Malaysia, you see Malaysians hanging out at Mamak stalls until late to chill with friends and watch live sports tournaments such as soccer, baseball, badminton tournaments. We Malaysians take our Mamak seriously! Mamak stalls remain open till way after midnight, and some operate 24 hours a day which allows us to get a delicious supper. If you are a traveler, make sure to get these most ordered Mamak foods in Malaysia – Tandoori chicken, mee Mamak, rojak, naan, nasi kandar, roti canai, nasi biryani, Maggi Goreng.
Malaysia is situated on the line of khatulistiwa, which means Malaysia does not have four seasons (spring, summer, autumn winter), but only sunny and rainy days throughout the year. The Malaysia four season: sunny, very sunny, rainy, very rainy. It’s not common to see Malaysians have thick clothings in their wardrobe because they don’t get the chance to wear it anyways.
Malaysia Formed with Malaya, Singapore, Sabah & Sarawak
Yale University: Environmental Performance Index 2006, Malaysia ranked 9th out of 133 countries
Malaysia Formed with Malaya, Singapore, Sabah & Sarawak
Yale University: Environmental Performance Index 2006, Malaysia ranked 9th out of 133 countries
Lee Chong Wei achieved a silver medal in 2008 Olympics Beijing and was described as National Hero/Wira Bangsa of Malaysia. Lee Chong Wei was also the FIRST Malaysian badminton player to have held the world number one position for more than a year
Worlds’ Tallest Airport Control Tower: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA2) Air Traffic Control Tower stands at a record-breaking height of 133.8 meters
New Seven Wonders Foundation: New7Wonders Cities 2014, Kuala Lumpur selected as one of the New7Wonders Cities in the world
CNN 17 Best Places To Visit In 2017, Penang ranked 2nd in the world
Quacquarelli Symonds: Most Affordable Cities For Students 2017, Kuala Lumpur ranked 1st in the world
Worlds’ Biggest Banknote: Made by Bank Negara Malaysia on December 29, 2017, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Act
Kuala Lumpur has been named the world’s second most affordable student city by QS Best Student Cities 2018
OAG: Megahubs International Index 2018, Kuala Lumpur ranked 1st in the world for most internationally connected low-cost carrier megahub
World’s Oldest Prime Minister: Mahathir Mohamad became the world’s current oldest prime minister at the age of 92 years and 304 days
Big 7 Travel: The 50 Friendliest Cities In The World 2019, Kuala Lumpur ranked 2nd in the world
EF English Proficiency Index 2019, Kuala Lumpur ranked 19th out of 94 global cities
Greenpeace Global Challenge Innovation Award: Four nanotechnology researchers and Ph.D. candidates ― Ivan Ling, Bao Lee Phoon, Chin Joo Tan, and Chong Cheen Ong won the award by using edible carrageenan and starch as packaging for food as an alternative to single-use plastics and to reduce plastic waste in supermarkets
Malaysia has been crowned as the best country in the world to invest in or do business for 2019, according to the CEOWORLD magazine
Malaysia ranked 9th best destination for expatriates to live and work in (The Expat Insider 2019 Survey – conducted by InterNations)
Yaashwin Sarawanan, affectionately known as the Malaysian "human calculator", placed second in the finals of Asia's Got Talent 2019.
Scientist Prof Dr Serena Nik-Zainal was honoured with an award originally known as the 'Nobel Prize For Cancer Research'
The oldest and premier university, the University of Malaya, is placed 13th on the QS World University Rankings 2020: Asia
Malaya Independence from British
in Merdeka Stadium.
August 31, 1957
Lee Chong Wei winning
Silver Medal for Badminton in
KLIA2 Air Traffic Control Tower
World's Biggest Banknote -
Ringgit Malaysia (RM) 600
Greenpeace Global Challenge
Innovation Award -
Dr Serena Nik-Zainal
The road to betterment does not end here, there are still much more to come
University of Malaya