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About MalaysiaTo know Malaysia is to love Malaysia - a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs.Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.*Further information on the country can also be obtained from the Malaysian government's official portal,

Islands & BeachesMalaysia has hundreds of islands. Some of them are habitable and passable; others are yet not explored and not habited. Malaysians refer to their islands as 'Pulau'. Most of the well known islands that can be found at Peninsular Malaysia are: Pulau Penang, Pulau Langkawi en Pulau Pangkor on the west side, and Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and Pulau Tioman on the east side. The islands on the west side aren't well known for their underwater world, i.e. you can't snorkel in many places. These islands do have a lot of character in general and therefore are more crowded than the islands on the east side of the peninsula. Islands on the east site are known for their great scuba diving and snorkeling possibilities.Sipadan Island, SabahPulau Redang, TerengganuLangkawi Island, KedahPulau Perhentian, TerengganuTioman Island, PahangPulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi, KedahMabul Island, SabahPulau Sibu, JohorDayang Bunting Lake or 'Tasik Dayang Bunting', Langkawi, KedahPort Dickson Beach, Negeri SembilanBatu Ferringhi Beach, PenangPangkor Island, PerakTunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, SabahLang Tengah Island, TerengganuPulau Tiga Marine Park, SabahDatai Bay, Langkawi, KedahDesaru, JohorPantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of Whispering Breeze), KelantanPulau Aur, JohorPulau Beras Basah, Langkawi, KedahPulau Rawa, JohorPulau Kapas, TerengganuWater Village, LabuanLayang Layang Island, Sabah

Interesting FactsThey might not be easy to get to, but the Perhentian islands off the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia have achieved iconic status on the backpacker trail.The waters are so clean that you can snorkel right off the beach and still see a diverse array of aquatic life.Though it's now a firm fixture on the tourist trail and has lost a little of its exotic mystique, it retains –- where many of its Southeast Asian contemporaries have lost theirs –- the natural environment and wildlife that first made it famous.There is little in terms of nightlife but instead you'll find uncrowded sandy beaches, a huge variety of amazing local cuisine and friendly people.


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