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SELAMAT DATANG KE MALAYSIA!   

Welcome to Malaysia! ....  Land that is Truly Asia     

 

Petronas Twin Tower, MalaysiaVisitors can enjoy all of east Asia in Malaysia. You can be assured of a warm welcome with numerous organized events and  celebrations all year round all over the country.

   It is easy to travel round Malaysia by road, rail or air. Towns, villages, forest parks are linked mainly by paved roads and a transport system that reaches out to all parts of Malaysia. Move around like a Malaysian and you will feel safe and right at home.  Malaysia is the place to enjoy summer everyday in a tropical landscape - of rain forested mountains, sandy beaches, exotic islands, peaceful countryside and kampongs, and to enjoy a unique urban experience. Small towns, street or open-air markets (pasar) and bazaars or large shopping complexes are found all over the country.

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Virgin Forests, Islands and Beaches

     The best of Malaysia is what nature has bestowed upon her - hundreds of beautiful tropical islands in sun, white sandy beaches, green lush rainforests, emerald green sea. From manicured gardens to forest parks, nature and adventure lovers will find ample places to enjoy and have an adventure.

     Travel around Malaysia 's many islands - Pulau Perhentain, Langkawi, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Redang and many more. Check out the Langkawi islands, the isles of myths and legends, a tropical vacation paradise island. Or visit Penang island, a mix of urban and nature, a place in rich in history and diversity. Hundreds of virtually unexplored island lie off the coasts of West Malaysia and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. (Learn how to travel to the islands at our Transport page). Malaysia's hundreds of tropical island are some of the most beautiful places to visit, some are renowned holiday resorts, yet some untouched waiting to be explored.

 Tasik Dayang Bunting, Langkawi

   Visit Kedah, Sarawak, Sabah or Pahang to explore what the virgin forests and highlands have in store for you. The forested hills and mountains is a paradise for the eco-tourists and adventure seekers.  You can indulge in all kinds of adventurous sports - abseiling, canopy walk, treak into the rainforest, go birdwatching or hike up a mountain. The virgin rainforests in the states of Pahang (National park), Kedah (Ulu Muda) and numerous forest of Sarawak and Sabah are great places for nature lovers.

    History enthusiast should visit Penang island to see the largest collection of 18-19th century houses in south east Asia. To learn about the Kingdom of Bujang of the 4th century, visit Kedah, the oldest surviving sultanate and site of the most extensive archaeological finds located at the foothills of Kedah Peak. Many will enjoy the rich cultural mix of Melaka (Malacca), situated along the Straits of Malacca. Malacca's  cultural heritage is a mix of Malay, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Achehnese, English and Arabic.

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Shopping and a unique urban experience

     Visit the cities and towns in Malaysia - walk around the streets, markets. See the diverse cultural and economic activities all over the country - from street markets, shop houses to shopping mall and boutiques. The best place to shop for bargains or get local foodstuff is to shop at roadside stalls, open bazaars or markets (pasar), but those who cannot take the heat of the sun can shop at air-conditioned shopping malls or complexes. The pasar malam or night markets and pasar tani (farmer's market) are delightful open market and bazaars where you can shop and bargain for all sorts of merchandise - from fruits, vegetables and fish to fashion clothes and bags. In small towns in Malaysia, roadside stalls and wet markets offer fresh food, fruits and local foodstuff.

     Enjoy great bargains on fashion goods at the modern shopping places. Air-conditioned shopping malls are found in every major towns and cities such as KL, Johor Bahru and Penang or shop duty free at Langkawi island . Shop for branded international labels or Malaysian and Asian merchandise at these malls and hypermarkets. The labyrinth of shops in shopping complexes sells food, fashion goods, photographic equipments, CD, shoes, books, et , from the cheap to the expensive. Visit Malaysia during the mid-year Mega Sales to get the best bargains. 

 

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Malaysians - Malay, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, Thais, etc. practice their own cultural and religious beliefs - in harmony. You will be able to see and enjoy the numerous cultural and religious festivals all year round in Malaysia.

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What's good in Malaysia? ...its certain the food!

    Malaysian food is a potpourri of flavours - walk the streets of to sample every delightful hawker or street food found in Asia or even the world - Malay Food, Chinese food, Indian, Thai, Nyonya and hawker food; from snacks and Malaysian kueh (kuih) to noodles and rice dishes. Favourite pastime of Malaysian... eating! You will find specialty cuisine at top-notch restaurants to delightful hawker food (street food) at street corners. Fast food joints for locals may be a roadside stall serving fresh, hot local fare or franchised outlet of McDonalds or Kentucky, usually located at shopping malls. In Malaysia be sure to try traditional Malay, Chinese, Indian and Nyonya (or Nonya) cuisines. Visitors can also find continental cuisine and almost any Asian food. 

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Facts on Malaysia

Cultural Dance, Sarawak, MalaysiaArea: 329, 847 sq. km.   

Capital: Kuala Lumpur   Administrative centre: Putrajaya

Population: 26 million  (Urban -  62%)

Status: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democratic government     

Malaysia's monarchy: The king is elected by the council of rulers from the sultans of the 11 states, to serve a 5 year term         

Head of Government: Prime Minister (Current Prime Minister: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi);

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Country territories: 13 states and 2 federal territories (under the federal government); 11 states are on the Malaysian peninsular (West Malaysia) and 2 states on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia.

States in West Malaysia:   Perlis, Kedah, Pulau Pinang (Penang), Perak, Kelantan, Terrenganu, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang and Johor

States in East Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak      

Ethnic groups: Malays (55 %), Chinese (26%), Indians (8%), Iban, Dayak and other races

Language: Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the official language, English is adopted as a second language. Chinese and Tamil widely spoken.

National flower: Hibiscus (Rosa Sinensis)/ Bunga Raya  

Flag of Malaysia:  Adopted on September 16, 1963. It has 14 red and white stripes. The crescent moon and star are symbols of Islam, the national religion of Malaysia. The 14 stripes and the 14 points of the star represent the 14 states in Malaysia. The blue of the canton symbolizes the unity of the country; yellow represents the monarchy in Malaysia

Weather:   The weather in Malaysia is equatorial, humid, with a uniform temperature and rainfall the whole year round. The maximum temperature can go up above 32°C between June and August. Nights are fairly cool, with the temperature falling to about 25°C. The annual rainfall averages 200-250cm. 

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Time Zone:  The standard Malaysian time is eight hours ahead of GMT (GMT + 8).   

Currency:  Malaysian ringgit (RM). Money Matters here

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Tourism Malaysia Information Centres

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MTC)
109, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur; Tel : 03- 2163 3664/2164 3929    Fax : 03- 2162 1149;
Office Hours: Monday - Friday : 7.30am - 5.30pm

 

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Response to  request for support to assist those in need. Go to websites such as

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Other Tourism Malaysia information centres

Bukit Kayu Hitam Tourist Information Centre, Changlun, Bukit Kayu Hitam 06050, Kedah. Phone: +604-922 2078  Fax: +604-922 2078

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Lot 21, Tingkat 2, Balai Ketibaan, Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal, Stesen KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur 50050; Phone: +603-227 431 25  

Kuala Lumpur International Airport; Visitor Service Centre, International Arrival Hall, KLIA, Sepang 64000, Selangor. Phone: +603-877 656 47 / 51   Fax: +603-877 657 22  

Langkawi International Airport; Phone: +604-955 7155  

Langkawi Tourist Information Centre, Jalan Persiaran Putra, Kuah 07000, Langkawi
Phone: +604-966 7789 / 9416   Fax: +604-966 7889 

Penang International Airport; Phone: +604-643 0501

 

Malaysia my Second Home

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Malaysia My Second Home Programme is promoted by the Government of Malaysia to allow people from all over the world who fulfil certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia as long as possible on a social visit pass with a multiple entry visa. The Social Visit Pass is initially for a period of ten (10) years (depending on the validity of the applicants’ passport) and is renewable. 

Eligibility

It is open to all citizens of countries recognized by Malaysia regardless of race, religion, gender or age. Applicants are allowed to bring along their spouse and children (below 18 years old who is not married).

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