Malaysia consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 330,803 127,720 sq mi separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo).
The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the 44th most populous country – but it is ranked 11th in the world and 2nd in Southeast Asia for tourist arrivals. Now, tourism is Malaysia’s third largest source of foreign exchange income and accounted for 7% of Malaysia’s economy as of 2005.
Here are just a handful of attractions that have made Malaysia famous:
Historical buildings, including A Famosa, Malacca Christ Church, Stadthuys, Sultan Abdul Samad Building;
Islands and beaches, such as Langkawi, Pangkor, Tioman, Perhentian, Batu Ferringhi, Port Dickson;
Nature and sports, like Cameron Highlands, Kenyir Lake, Tempurung Cave, Sepang International Circuit;
Theme Parks, shopping malls and resorts: Bukit Tinggi, Genting Highlands, Berjaya Times Square, Legoland Malaysia, Malacca Wonderland, Pirate Park, Sunway Lagoon, Tropical Village;
Skyscrapers and structures, for example: KOMTAR, Petronas Twin Towers, Alor Setar Tower, KL Tower, Langkawi Cable Car.
Destination Guide – Map
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Destination Guide – List
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Kelantan
Kelantan – which has the honorific Darul Naim or the ‘The Blissful Abode’, and is often called the Land of Lightning –...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Negeri Sembilan
Negeri Sembilan, or as per its Arabic honorific title Darul Khusus (‘the Special Abode’), lies on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, south of...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Perlis
Perlis, formally known as Perlis without Indera Kayangan, is the smallest state in Malaysia, and borders Thailand on the northwestern edge of Peninsular Malaysia with the...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Pahang
Pahang, whose Arabic honorific is Darul Makmur (‘Abode of Tranquility,) is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia and the third largest state the whole...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur – more officially, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur or the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, is the national capital of Malaysia...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Penang
Penang, known affectionately as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Melaka
Melaka – or Malacca in English – is nicknamed “The Historic State” of Malaysia and located in the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia, next...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Sabah
Sabah, known as the “Land Below The Wind”, is situated in northern Borneo, bordering the state of Sarawak to the southwest, Kalimantan in...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Sarawak
Sarawak, nicknamed Land of the Hornbills, is found in northwest Malaysian Borneo. It borders Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan – the Indonesian portion...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Johor
Johor, also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ta’zim, or ‘Abode of Dignity’, is the southernmost state of Peninsular Malaysia and one...