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: Putrajaya
Putrajaya, or officially the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia and the seat of government since 1999. Kuala...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Kedah
Kedah also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Aman, or ‘Abode of Peace’ is found in northwestern Peninsular Malaysia, covering a total...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Selangor
Selangor, also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ehsan or ‘Abode of Sincerity’, is located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Labuan
Labuan, officially titled the Federal Territory of Labuan, is located off the coast of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia and comprises Labuan...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Terengganu
Terengganu, also known by its Arabic honorific, Dāru l-Īmān (“Abode of Faith”) is located in northeast Peninsular Malaysia. The state is bordered...
ExpatGo Destination Guide: Perak
Perak, whose formal Arabic honorific is Darul Ridzuan (‘Abode of Grace’), is the fourth largest state in Malaysia and the second largest in...