Malaysia is a country of contrasts, bathed in the warm tropical sun,
endowed with 3,000 kilometers of coastline, several historic cities, a
unique cultural mix, a string of cool hill resorts, the world’s oldest
rainforest—and even Southeast Asia’s highest mountain. Add to this a
Geographically, somewhat oddly, Malaysia comprises two distinct bodies
of land, politically joined in 1963 after independence from Britain. The
Malayan peninsula is the historic home of the Malay people, today’s
heart and the population center of the dynamic modern nation. East
Malaysia claims the northern edge of the huge, wild island of Borneo.
Ethnically and culturally, Malaysia is a fundamentally Malay country
overlaid with Chinese, Indian and British influences, and possessing
several indigenous tribal peoples such as the Iban, Penan and Negrito.
Yet it preserves many traditional cultural aspects—dress, religion, food
and architecture—and retains great natural beauty in beaches, forests,
rivers and mountains. Visiting Malaysia provides a step into a special
and distinctive world that can be done with ease and comfort via high
modern standards of transportation and accommodation.