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From contemporary architectural landmarks to ancient rainforests and idyllic soft-sand beaches, few Southeast Asian nations present as diverse a range of travel options as Malaysia. The country is divided into two parts — Peninsular Malaysia, the fat finger of land dangling off the end of Thailand, and Malaysian Borneo, the northern slice of the island of Borneo. A visit to both sections gives you the full picture. The peninsula is home to the nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur, an energetic city reaching for the skies with its iconic Petronas Towers, as well as the nation's premier national park, Taman Negara. Fantastic beaches and islands are ...

From contemporary architectural landmarks to ancient rainforests and idyllic soft-sand beaches, few Southeast Asian nations present as diverse a range of travel options as Malaysia. The country is divided into two parts — Peninsular Malaysia, the fat finger of land dangling off the end of Thailand, and Malaysian Borneo, the northern slice of the island of Borneo. A visit to both sections gives you the full picture. The peninsula is home to the nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur, an energetic city reaching for the skies with its iconic Petronas Towers, as well as the nation's premier national park, Taman Negara. Fantastic beaches and islands are located along and off its coasts, including beautiful Pulau Tioman, the original Bali Hai, and Penang, the fascinating colonial outpost where you'll find the magnificently restored Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Kuching is Malaysian Borneo's most interesting and historic city, a gateway to Sarawak's mighty rivers, great national parks and fascinating longhouse communities. Adventurous types will want to summit Mt. Kinabalu, hike through the Kelabit Highlands or strap on scuba gear to explore the Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

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: The country is separated into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, by the South China Sea. Malaysia borders Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines.
  • Language: Malay
  • Currency: Ringgit
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall