Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society with a majority Muslim population in most of its states. Consisting of two territories and separated by some 640 miles of the South China Sea, Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and boasts one of south-east Asia's most vibrant economies.
It is one of the region's key tourist destinations and has excellent beaches, Picture-postcard scenery, a modest measure of wildlife and dense rainforests in the eastern states of Sarawak and Sabah.
The country has rich reserves of palm oil, rubber and timber and has a state-controlled car manufacturer, named Proton.
Where to Go
Food lovers will want to visit Penang, the food capital of the country. Gurney Drive is a popular seafront promenade lined with food courts and open-air hawker stalls purveying local favourites such as Penang laksa, bak kut teh, grilled squid and nasi lemak.
If you’re craving more sophisticated fare, there are restaurants serving dim sum and other delights. On top of that, Penang has some interesting temples. The Dharmikarama Burmese temple is the island’s first Burmese temple with a huge Bodhi tree, striking golden rooftops and a wishing well.
Beach lovers have a choice of destinations within the country. Tioman island has been acclaimed as one of the best island getaways in the world. Go snorkelling alongside Napoleon wrasse, trevally and shoals of fusiliers. Swim in its emerald waters and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.
Melaka is a lovely little town for a relaxing getaway. Visit St Paul’s Hill, also known as A’Famosa to relive Melaka’s colonial past. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is also worth a visit to view historical artefacts unique to the Peranakans.
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for a different kind of holiday. Here you can visit the War Remnants Museum which depicts the brutality of the Vietnam War and its effect on its civilian victims. Go on a half or full-day motorcycle tour of the city, taking in the architecture of buildings like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace, drop in on Ben Thanh Market for some souvenirs and rice paper rolls, and round off your trip with a river cruise.
India is only a few hours’ flight away. Take a flight to Cochin in Kerala, where you can cruise on the backwaters, take a drive to the hill station of Munnar and stay for a night or two to enjoy the tea gardens and cardamom plantations. Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady, where you might spot an elephant or bison.
If you’d like to venture further, take a flight to Paris where the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe await. Have your fill of delectable pastries, foie gras and escargots. Make a trip to Montmartre where the Sacre Coeur lies on the top of the hill and have your portrait drawn by one of the street artists there.
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