Malaysia is the most developed nation of Southeast Asia after Singapore and is a progressive Islamic country blessed with rich natural resources, vast rainforest tracts, pristine sand beaches and a renowned cuisine. Malaysia is a multi cultural and multi ethnic country where Chinese, Thais, Indians, Malayans and ethnic tribes coexist peacefully. The country is divided by South China Sea into two landmasses, one is the Malaysian Peninsula and the second is Malaysian Borneo. The country shared its land borders with Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam and Philippines. Malaysia is a diverse country with rich flora and fauna coupled with rich cultural heritage and traditions. Malaysia is a unique country with a mix of the modern and contemporary values which intermingle perfectly with the deep traditions of Malaysia. Investments in high technology sector and considerable oil wealth leads to highly developed infrastructure and high purchasing power parity. Malaysia’s economy is based on open market economy and enjoys a constant growth rate.
By Air: Kuala Lumpur, the national capital is well connected with the rest of the world by various international airline. The national carrier is the Malaysian Airlines which serves various important cities of the world. Long distance flights from Europe to Far East made transit stops in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is also served by various low cost airlines that operate in the Southeast Asia.
By Road: Malaysia can be access by road from Southern Thailand and Singapore into the Peninsular Malaysia. You can also reach the states of Sarawak and Sabah from Brunei and Kalimantan (Indonesian side of Borneo).
By Rail: You can reach Malaysia from Thailand by sleeper trains operate by the State Railway of Thailand, which connects Bangkok (Thailand) and Butterworth near Penang (Malaysia). The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malaysian Railways) also runs between Hat Yai (Thailand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). You can reach Malaysia from Singapore also. Singapore is the southern terminus of the Malaysian Railway network. Express trains connect Singapore with Kuala Lumpur.
By Boat: Regular ferries connects various points of Peninsular Malaysia with Sumatra, Indonesia and Sothern Thailand, Sarawak with Brunei, and Sabah with East Kalimantan,Indonesia and Mindanao, Philippines. Luxury cruises also run from Singapore and sometimes Phuket (Thailand) to Malaysia.
Malaysia is a round the year destination with average climate remaining constant. However the best time to visit Malaysia is between May and September. As from April to May and October to November receives heavy torrential rains, beach lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will found it difficult to enjoy. From December to February, huge load of tourists arrive and as a result you may find hotel and flights with huge difficulty. Best time is between the months of May and September when the tourist arrival is less and you can easily get hotel rooms at a low cost and also you will enjoy the pristine nature of this beautiful country without jostling for space with the tourist crowd of the peak season.
Malaysia’s cuisine is a reflection of its multi ethnic population. Malaysian cuisine is deeply influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese and Sumatran food habits and cuisine. Rice is the main staple food like the entire Southeast Asia and is important ingredient. Malaysian cuisine also uses Chillies, Sea foods, breads, noodles, meat and poultry.