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Peninsula Malaysia offers up an intriguing mix of new and old Asia. The country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia at its most dynamic, home to the soaring Petronas Towers, a zippy monorail and luxurious hotels. Down the road in Putrajaya — the nascent Federal Administrative Center — striking new architecture is creating the blueprint for Malaysia's future. Centuries of colonial heritage is strongly in evidence in historic towns such as Malaka, Georgetown on the island of Penang and the tea plantations in the refreshingly cool Cameron Highlands. The ancient rainforests of Taman Negara and the Endau-Rompin National Park harbor some of ...

Peninsula Malaysia offers up an intriguing mix of new and old Asia. The country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia at its most dynamic, home to the soaring Petronas Towers, a zippy monorail and luxurious hotels. Down the road in Putrajaya — the nascent Federal Administrative Center — striking new architecture is creating the blueprint for Malaysia's future. Centuries of colonial heritage is strongly in evidence in historic towns such as Malaka, Georgetown on the island of Penang and the tea plantations in the refreshingly cool Cameron Highlands. The ancient rainforests of Taman Negara and the Endau-Rompin National Park harbor some of Malaysia's rarest wildlife and most spectacular flora. The modern highway system and efficient train service makes getting around the 600-mile-long peninsula a cinch. Along the double coastline lie hundreds of beautiful beaches, many of them practically deserted, and scores of alluring islands such as Tioman, Perhentian and Langkawi. And everywhere you go there's a mouthwatering selection of food, from spicy laksa noodles to juicy tropical fruits.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Peninsular Malaysia is the part of Malaysia which lies on the Malay Peninsula, and shares a land border with Thailand in the north. To the south is the island of Singapore.
  • Language: Malay
  • Currency: Ringgit
  • Research: Wikipedia | Malaysia
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Anytime. On peninsular Malaysia November to mid-February is the main rainy season.