has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made
Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that
we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very
laid back, warm and friendly.
Geographically, Malaysia is as
diverse as its culture. There are two parts to the country, 11 states
in the peninsula of Malaysia and two states on the northern part of
Borneo. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to
warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
One of Malaysia's
key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look
down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit
several metres away from ancient reefs.
For the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.
The Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsula Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
between 2º and 7º north of the Equator, Peninsula Malaysia is separated
from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. To the
north of Peninsula Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbour is
Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia in Borneo while
Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei.
329,758 square km
who make up about 57% of the population are the predominant group with
Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups making up the rest.
Melayu (Malay) is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
Ethnic groups also have their own languages and dialects.
Islam is the country's official religion, but other religions are widely practised.
is governed by a Parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislative
system. The Head of State is the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a position that
is awarded to a different State Monarch every five years and the Head
of Government is the Prime Minister.
climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures in the lowlands
range from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). The highlands are cooler, where
temperatures range between 15°C (59° F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall
varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.
|Main Holidays |
Year*, Hari Raya Aidiladha*, Federal Territory Day**, Chinese New
Year*, Awal Muharam*, Maulidur Rasul*,Labour Day*, Wesak
Day*, DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong's Birthday*, National Day* Deepavali#
Hari Raya Aidilfitri* Christmas*
Note: (*) - National Holiday (**) - Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur & Labuan only (#) - Except Labuan & Sarawak
constitutes the largest single component of Malaysia's economy. Tourism
and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and
timber are other major contributors to the economy.
|Distance to Malaysia|
London, United Kingdom to Kuala Lumpur : 6,557 miles (10,552 km)
Paris, France to Kuala Lumpur 6,483 miles (10,432 km)
Rome, Italy to Kuala Lumpur : 6,038 miles (9,716 km)
Stockholm, Sweden to Kuala Lumpur : 5,812 miles (9,353 km)
Berlin, Germany to Kuala Lumpur : 5,979 miles (9,622 km)
Madrid, Spain to Kuala Lumpur : 6,885 miles (11,079 km)
New York, United States to Kuala Lumpur : 9,400 miles (15,126 km)
Los Angeles, USA to Kuala Lumpur : 8,790 miles (14,144 km)
Vancouver, Canada to Kuala Lumpur : 7,944 miles (12,783 km)
currency unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia written as RM. The
value is approximately USD1 = RM3.50. Foreign currency can be exchanged
at banks and money exchange.
states: Monday - Friday: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Saturday &
Sunday: Closed (Some banks and their branches open on Saturdays).
Kelantan & Terengganu: Sun - Wednesday :9.30 am to 4.30
pm. Thursday :9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Friday/Saturday*/Public Holiday:
from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm daily, except on the first Saturday of each
month, Sundays and public holidays. In Kelantan and Terengganu post
offices operates during the same time, but are closed on Fridays and
Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Standard Time.
Voltage is 220 - 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second.
Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.
Weight and Measurement
Malaysia follows the metric system for weight and measurement.
calls can be made using public telephones with shillings or prepaid
cards. International calls can also be made using phone cards or at any
has a wide range of accommodation with reasonable pricing. There are
five star hotels, budget hotels, youth hostels, beach chalets and