Relations between Malaysia and Indonesia can be bumpy, but despite this Indonesians are still drawn to the neighboring country. Apart from being geographically close, the people of the two countries have many similarities, which makes tourists from Indonesia feel at home in Malaysia. One should give the thumbs up to the Malaysian government for its seriousness in managing its tourism. It has proudly adopted the slogan “Malaysia Truly Asia” as it has greatly improved its infrastructure to attract foreign tourists.
Malaysia is very smart in promoting and developing the country’s tourism. Places that used to be unkempt and rundown have been transformed into attractive tourist sites. One example is the old city of Melaka, which presents delicious culinary and ancient buildings.
What is actually interesting about Malaysia? For starters, the scenery, culture, people and delicious food all make a trip memorable. On top of that there are now many budget flights to this country.
Malaysia is a country of various races, such as Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasians. The meeting point of various cultures started in the 15th century when Melaka, which was at the center of the spice trade, became one of the world’s major trading seaports. Its past historical background has made the country a combination of various cultures and the artistic heritage and rich diversity reflect this.
Today, Malaysia, with its population of 27.17 million, is rapidly developing and is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Its diverse culture and various ethnic groups not only make Malaysia a paradise of food but also unique due to the numerous cultural festivals. So, it is not surprising that the friendly Malaysians love to party.
Malaysia is geographically located between two degrees and seven degrees to the north of the equator. The South China Sea separates the Malaysian peninsula from Sabah and Sarawak. To its north is Thailand and to the south is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia and located in Borneo.
Malaysia consists of 14 states, with 12 of them on the Malaysian peninsula and the remaining two in the north of Borneo. Numerous tourist attractions lie in the country’s scenic mountains and beaches. Another plus point is the wooden houses and skyscrapers that one can find in this country. Beautiful five-star hotels are strategically located in the mountain resort areas and beaches.
Tourist sites in Malaysia are plentiful as this country is indeed much larger than neighboring Singapore. Besides famous Genting Highlands, Malaysia, with an area of 329,758 square kilometers, has more choices for tourists, such as Johor Bahru, Sunway Lagoon, Tioman Island, Kedah, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Langkawi Island, Penang Island, Redang Island, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor.
One can visit Langkawi to enjoy its natural beauty and panoramic beaches. Langkawi, also called the Jewel of Kedah, consists of 99 small islands — five of which appear at low tide — and is located in the Andaman Sea about 30 kilometers to the northwest of Malaysia.