Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in Southeast Asia. The cultural background of Malaysia is the result of the intermixing of several other countries and cultures all in one place, creating the unique and thriving society visible in Malaysia today. Whether you are drawn to this captivating country by its ancient rainforests, its bustling cities, or its fascinating culture, you won’t leave disappointed.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country consisting of 13 states and 3 federal territories, with a population of 30 million people. This country is divided into halves by the South China Sea; Peninsular Malaysia shares borders with Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia, while East Malaysia borders Brunei and Indonesia. The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur. The official language is Bahasa Melayu, or Malay. English is commonly spoken in Malaysia--English proficiency in Malaysia is 2nd best in all of Asia, and 13th in the world. The official religion is Islam, although religious freedom is granted to all Malaysians.
Malaysia is a rapidly developing country. The Malaysian economy leans heavily on investments in technological innovation, and infrastructure is improving at an increasingly accelerated pace--especially in cities such as Kuala Lumpur. As well as becoming a technologically advanced nation, Malaysia is also famous for its excellent food, towering mountain ranges that are perfect for hiking and climbing, and some stunning beaches and national parks. All this--combined with Malaysia’s always-warm weather--makes this country a perfect travel destination for anyone compelled by the natural beauty and complex culture of Malaysia’s landscape and population.