From rainforest jungle, rich biodiversity and tropical islands with pristine beaches to the historical UNESCO-protected towns of Melaka and George Town, Malaysia continues to be one of the region’s most popular destinations.
Kuala Lumpur is one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and culturally diverse capitals where old colonial structures and street food hawkers mix with ultra-modern skyscrapers and luxury shopping. The Twin Towers are probably the capital’s most iconic structure and a popular tourist attraction, but being home to three major cultures – Malay, Chinese and Indian – there are plenty of other things to do in Kuala Lumpur without the Twin Towers.
Events, celebrations and festivals are always a great way to get under the skin of a country and its different cultures. From the spectacular Thaipusam Festival to the wealth of cultural and art events at the George Town Heritage Celebrations and the George Town Festival, or even further afield at the Rainforest Fringe Festival in Borneo.
The country’s ethnic mix of Muslim Malays with Chinese, Indian and aboriginal people make for a great diversity in delicious cuisine where some of the best fare can be had from stalls on the street.
Its alternating red and white stripes and a blue rectangle make it similar to the American flag. But instead of white stars, the rectangle contains the Islamic crescent and a 14-point yellow star representing the unity between the 13 member states and the federal territories.
The official language is Malay with other recognised languages Mandarin, Tamil and English.