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Malaysia is a southeastern Pacific Rim country that shares its borders with Thailand, Brunei, and Indonesia. Malaysia is composed of 13 states and several federal territories located in the South China Sea. Her capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southeastern Asia. The total land mass of Malaysia spans nearly 330000 km² and is home to over 28 million people.
Malaysia is geographically divided into western Malaysia and eastern Malaysia. Eastern Malaysia is bordered by the South China Sea, the Sulu Sea, and the Celebes Sea in northern Indonesia. Western Malaysia is bordered on the east by the South China Sea, on the west by the Strait of Malacca and to the north by Thailand. Western Malaysia is linked to Singapore by a bridge and causeway.
Population and Language
The official language of the country is Malaysian, but English is also widely spoken and is considered the country's second language. Ethnic groups in the country include Malay and Chinese ethnicities. Other languages spoken throughout the country include Bornean Philippine, Aslian, and Creole.
Malaysia is classified as multicultural and multi-ethnic country, with a large number of Chinese as well as other southeastern Asian region immigrants. The country boasts a population of approximately 30 million with the population roughly divided into both the western and eastern portions of the country. The country is classified as the 42nd most populated in the world. Roughly 91%) of the country’s population is classified as Malaysian citizens.
The vast majority of Malaysians practice Islam customs, not only in religion but in culture. Those practicing the Islam faith range in the 60th percentile, while the second most popular religions practiced in the country are Buddhism, followed by Christianity, Hinduism, and then mainly Chinese religions such as Taoism. It's interesting to note that ethnic Malaysians are classified as Muslims by law in their constitution.
Major Cities and Tourist Destinations
Malaysia is home to magnificent cities and architectural wonders. The Petronas Towers located in business district of Kuala Lumpur are among the tallest in the world. The country provides a wide range of amusements, architectural wonders, historical sites, and beautiful scenery. While visiting Malaysia, check out the Batu Caves located north of Kuala Lumpur. The Gunung Mulu National Park is a fascinating World Heritage Site and is known to be the former "stomping grounds" of a variety of headhunting tribes. The Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 bird species, but to truly get away from it all, visit Langkawi Island, complete with coral reefs, warm beaches, plentiful shopping, and other amenities.
The climate in Malaysia is temperate most of the year, although from October to February, monsoon-type weather is common in the northeastern regions of the country. From April to October, visitors in the southwest may experience the same type of monsoon weather. For the most part however, the climate is tropical, warm, and humid.
Malaysia enjoys a relatively stable economy with a GDP of approximately $522 billion annually. Currency in Malaysia is the Ringget or RM. International trade drives the economy of Malaysia, mainly in its trade of natural and agricultural resources as well as petroleum. Malaysia exports large amounts of palm oil but its main economic boosts come from tourism. It’s also one of the world's biggest exporters of electronic devices, IT communications equipment and products and satellite construction.
TransportationGetting around Malaysia is easy with a wide variety of transportation modes to choose from. Buses and trams are common. The roads in most parts of Malaysia are well maintained, and personal vehicles and rental cars are plentiful. Remember to drive on the right side of the road, like you would in Great Britain or Australia, and watch out for the vast numbers of motorcycles and mopeds on the road. Malaysia also utilizes economical train and rail services. Those looking for short jaunt around town might enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride. Flying into and out of Malaysia is easy when arriving or departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Other regional airports include Penang International Airport, Malacca International Airport, Miri International Airport and Kuching International Airport, and each provides access to numerous regions of Malaysia.
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