Malaysia is such a unique place to live, with its colonial architecture mixed in with modern buildings stands alongside beautiful mosque and temples alike.

Batu Caves, Malaysia
Batu Caves, Malaysia

Although most speak English, Bahasa Malaysian is the national language. with Mandarin and Tamil also widely spoken. Many languages can be heard being spoken because the country is a melting pot of local Malay’s, Chinese and Indian cultures.

THE DIVERSITY OF MALAYSIA

Although Kuala Lumpur is most famous for its “twin towers” the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, where it was the world’s tallest buildings from 1998–2004, it also has much more to offer. With many excellent rooftop bars, loads of outstanding restaurants and many many many shopping malls to entertain you any time of the day.

Perenthian Islands, Malaysia
Perenthian Islands, Malaysia

Malaysia is so diverse: as it ranges from gorgeous, pristine, untouched islands on the east to the more developed coast on the west which includes areas such as Langkawi, Penang, and Melaka. Malaysia is full of surprises with mountain towns that are cooler than the rest of the country, which are full of farms and tea plantations, you will also find busy hustling cities like Kuala Lumpur where malls can sometimes be crowded, and traffic is always a nightmare.

Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, mainly practiced by the Malays. The main religions of Non-Malays are Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism.

FOOD

Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak

Wherever you travel in Malaysia, you will find food stalls and restaurants plentiful. With its old English tea venues to the local hawker stalls, best known for in Malaysia. Although Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast (and can be found anywhere from street stalls to supermarkets); there are many other famous cuisines found here. Chinese restaurants are located everywhere and so are banana leaf restaurants (which happen to be my favorite).

MALAYSIAN DESTINATIONS

KUALA LUMPUR

KL is excellent for its architecture, nightlife, food, and shopping, you can buy anything and eat any time of food in and around Kuala Lumpur. The city never gets tired and has many expatriate clubs and residential areas. You can find everything you need and want within walking distance in KL, which makes it a great place to explore.

Blue Mosque, Malaysia
Blue Mosque, Malaysia

BORNEO

Three countries share this island (that is often forgotten): Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Borneo is also the third largest island in the world. Kota Kinabalu is famous for its mountain as well as it’s Orangutang sanctuary.

Borneo - Sepilok Nasica
Borneo – Sepilok Nasica

PENANG

Famously known as the pearl of the Orient; Penang has been one of Malaysia’s most well known holiday destinations, however of late (due to its beautiful colonial architecture, coastal beaches, and affordability) it is also well known for expats retirements destination.

Khoo Kongsi -Clan House in Penang
Khoo Kongsi -Clan House in Penang

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

Long ago the disappearance of Jim Thompson made this somewhat local gem a worldwide tourist destination. As it can be a day trip from Kuala Lumpur, it is a popular destination on the weekends from locals and tourists alike. With its lush surrounding, a substantial amount of tea plantations and its old world charm, it rates high amongst my favorite Malaysian destinations.

Malaysia, Camaron Island
Malaysia, Camaron Island

TANAM NEGARA

Malaysia’s Taman Negara (literally, “national park”) is one of the oldest rainforests on Earth, so it must be mentioned here. At 130,000 million years old, it currently supports approximately more than 10,000 species of plants, 150,000 insect types, 1,000 types of butterflies, 350 bird species, 140 types of animals and 100 kinds of snakes.

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