Selamat Datang means welcome in the Malay language and visitors to this fascinating country will be welcomed to a land that is a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions in which Malays, Indians, Chinese and other ethnic groups live harmoniously in a tropical paradise. Multiculturalism has made Malaysia a model society, a gastronomic paradise and home to a wealth of art, culture and hundreds of colourful festivals that represent the differing cultures of these ethnic groups.
Visitors have a wealth of opportunities and fascinating destinations to choose from, including endless white sandy beaches, lush championship golf courses, mountain retreats and modern cities with an abundance of shopping, dining and nightlife choices. Destination Asia Malaysia provides a variety of excursions to awe-inspiring locations including majestic Mount Kinabalu in Sabah; the tropical beaches of Langkawi; the heritage buildings of UNESCO-listed Penang; or the fast paced beat of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its vibrant culture. It is divided into 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea, with 11 states and two federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) across Peninsular Malaysia, and two states and one federal territory (Labuan) in East Malaysia.
This diverse territory provides travellers with a wealth of tourism experiences, including an abundance of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours on Peninsular Malaysia, whereas Borneo offers a complete contrast of wildly differing fauna and flora, including the famed orang-utans, towering granite peaks and remote ethnic tribes.
Visitors are often surprised to discover how developed the country is, yet how rich and varied its cultural traditions remain. Melaka, dubbed the “historic state”, is renowned for its history, culture and museums and the state capital was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2008.
The states of Sabah and Sarawak offer unrivalled nature and adventure. Mount Kinabalu is one of South East Asia’s highest peaks and Borneo has a wilderness containing some of the world’s oldest rainforests. Add some of the best dive sites, containing some of the most prolific marine life on earth, and you will see why Malaysia is known as “Truly Asia”.
One of Malaysia’s key attractions is the extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star beach resort hotels sit several metres away from tropical reefs. All of these favourable qualities make Malaysia a perfect holiday destination in which visitors can enjoy eclectic cultures, observe natural wonders, witness fascinating tribal groups and return to a state-of-the art 21st Century city to enjoy modern day luxuries.