- Malaysia for discovering Asia -
Dynamic cities, fabulous food, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and national parks with wildlife-packed rainforests – expect these from Malaysia. You may also expect attaining global hospitality experience while immersing yourself in its distinctive culture.
Malaysia Tourism Industry
Receiving more than 20 million foreign visitors annually, Malaysia’s tourism sector remains the second strongest in Southeast Asia. Thanks to the government’s push, tourism is Malaysia’s third-largest source of foreign exchange income. Although most of the visitors come from Southeast Asia, China, India, Japan and Australia, there were significant arrival growths from Spain, Belgium and Russia in recent years.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and Borneo Island. Its society is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European culture, who live together in peace and harmony. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang, and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.
Multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colorful festivals. The strong, spicy yet aromatic Malay cuisine combines rich flavors of herbs and spices that are commonly found in Southeast Asia.
The relaxed, warm and friendly Malaysians love to celebrate and socialize. Muslim Malays and Indians, religiously diverse Chinese, Hindu and other ethnic groups, all muddle along with Orang Asli, aboriginal groups on the Peninsular Malaysia and Dayak in Borneo.
Fact About Malaysia
Malaysia is generally a safe country, but it still pays to exercise safety precautions. Use common sense, avoid high risk areas, monitor news, and take official warnings seriously. Treat overly friendly strangers with a good deal of caution. In some parts, including Kuala Lumpur, smoke haze is usual from June to October. When haze level is high, minimize outdoor activity.
While more affordable than European and North American countries, Malaysia is generally more expensive than the other countries in the region due to its strong economy. When it comes to local, intercity, and regional travel, Malaysia is reasonable owing to its advanced land and aerial public transport infrastructure.
Its official currency is Ringgit, which values approximately 4.2 for every US Dollar. You may get affordable restaurant meal for around USD 2.5, or USD 7 for a meal at mid-range restaurant. Single ticket for local transport costs around USD 0.7, while monthly pass USD 24. As a Muslim country, alcoholic drinks are highly taxed.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asia country that has a lot to offer to visitors – dynamic cities life, fabulous food trips, beautiful beaches, national parks and rainforests, among others. You will not run out of places to visit in Malaysia, here’s a few examples:
Ecotourism adventure in Danum Valley – Located inside the 130 million-year-old rainforest, this conservation area in Sabah boasts incredible wildlife biodiversity with thousands of species of fauna and a great variety of flora.
Look up the Petronas Twin Towers – Declared the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, these twin wonders in Kuala Lumpur contain a complex of office buildings, conference halls, a sprawling 50-acre park, and a mall.
Culture trip in Malacca, the Historic State – This UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was formerly colonized by the Portuguese, attracts visitors for its architectures, foods, museums, and the famous Jonker Street Night Market.
Entering Malaysia by air is relatively simple and straight forward. The main gateway is through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, approximately 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur. Aside from there, it is advisable to arrive at Penang International Airport that has convenient connectivity to Georgetown.
Malaysia is also accessible by rail and road from Singapore and Thailand.