Malaysia describes itself as ‘truly Asia,’ eluding to the fact that in many ways, this is where all the countries and cultures of the continent converse. Malaysia’s impressive history has resulted in a fascinatingly mixed population that spans the entirety of Asia. From the Middle East comes Islam, which has contributed exponentially to the Malay identity, the ethnic majority. While the Chinese from East Asia and Indians from South Asia form a significant chunk of the urban populations.
Understanding the country’s ethnic mosaic is one of the highlights of a Malaysia vacation, from colourful Chinese shop houses in Penang to the scents and smells of Little India in Kuala Lumpur to the fascinating Malay history of Melaka. Unsurprisingly, the food is phenomenal and is a delicious reflection of this diversity. Malaysia’s natural gifts are also a true blessing ripe for relaxation and exploration: highlights include the paradise island of Langkawi, the rolling green hills found in the Cameron Highlands and the lofty heights of Kinabalu.
Striking ethnic diversity found across the country.
Beautifully preserved nature and abundant wildlife.
Pristine islands and white sand beaches.