Situated in the midst of the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia enjoys a strategic location and a year-round tropical climate. With 13 states, three Federal Territories and a population that currently stands at more than 28 million, Malaysia combines the best of Asia and is well known for its diverse cultural landscape, which includes three of Asia’s oldest civilisations – Malay, Chinese and Indian – and the unique ethnic communities of Sabah and Sarawak. One of the world’s top holiday destinations, Malaysia is filled with a wide variety of unique attractions. Whatever your definition of a fulfilling holiday, Malaysia has all the necessary elements – pristine beaches and breathtaking islands, a rich tapestry of cultures and history, well-preserved heritage treasures, world-class modern facilities, a fascinating collection of flora and fauna, lush and well-maintained nature reserves, a delightful array of mouth-watering cuisine and a long list of shopping hotspots – Malaysia will leave you wanting for more. But do not just take our word for it. Come and discover the many wonders of Malaysia and peel the many layers of this fascinating country. Be prepared to be amazed, because there is just so much more to Malaysia than meets the eye.
Located strategically at the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia never fails to fascinate. With a social core consisting of the Malays, Chinese and Indians as well as the many indigenous communities of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia is a unique and inspiring blend of cultures. Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is undoubtedly one of Asia’s most exciting and vibrant cities. Among the towering skyscrapers are remnants of Kuala Lumpur’s rich past in the form of pre-war structures, providing an interesting contrast of two different eras. Malaysia’s other destinations such as Melaka, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu each has its own unique charms. Some of them are recipients of UNESCO awards – UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town, UNESCO World Heritage City of Melaka, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinabalu Park, UNESCOWorld Heritage Site of Gunung Mulu National Park and Langkawi’s UNESCO Global Geopark. Malaysia’s lush and well-preserved natural landscape is perfect for a wide range of eco-adventures. Malaysia’s rainforests such as Taman Negara – one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests – possess an impressive biodiversity and are home to some rare and endemic species.
Malaysia’s stunning islands and beaches provide the ideal sun, sea and sand getaways. Some of these islands, particularly along the coasts of Terengganu and Sabah, are world-class dive sites with breathtaking underwater landscapes. The magical island of Sipadan has been rated by diving professionals as one of the world’s top diving destinations. Malaysia has more to offer such as enchanting parks and gardens, thrilling theme parks, picturesque hill resorts, international-standard golf courses, luxurious spa retreats and endless shopping choices. The country is also known for its colourful festivals and exciting events held throughout the year such as Formula One Grand Prix, Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) as well as shopping sprees such as the 1Malaysia Super Sale, 1Malaysia GP Sale and 1Malaysia Year End Sale. Whatever the reason for your visit – a romantic escapade, a fun-filled family holiday, an all-out shopping spree or a quiet retreat at the heart of nature – Malaysia has it all. So come, let Malaysia work its charm on you! Malaysia has received numerous international awards and recognitions over the years, sealing its position as one of the top destinations in the region and in the world. In 2012, the country was named 9th Most Visited Country in the World by the UNWTO and 10th Friendliest Country in the Word by Forbes Online.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, was also named 4th Best Shopping City in the World by CNN and 2nd Best Shopping Destination in Asia Pacific by Globe Shopper Index. Ma l ays ia in the Eye s of the World. Why Malaysia?
- A myriad of Asian cultures – and more – all in one place.
- Political stability, racial harmony and genuinely warm people.
- A wealth of natural beauty.
- Limitless shopping options and duty-free offerings.
- Home to some of the world’s best dive sites.
- A mild, tropical weather all the year round.
- Historical and modern buildings standing side-by-side.
- An enormous range of gastronomical delights at affordable prices.
- A wide range of accommodation options, from homestays to five-star hotels.
- A whole host of activities to indulge in – golfing, fishing, angling, sailing, mountain-climbing, rafting, birdwatching – the sky is the limit.
10 reasons why you should make Malaysia your next holiday destination.
Places of intrest
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Standing at 451.9m, the world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers is KLCC’s centrepiece and one of the country’s most famous icons. The Skybridge on the 41st floor doubles up as an excellent viewing platform of the city’s skyline. Featuring futuristic glass-and-steel exterior and a traditionally-inspired interior, the 88-storey building reflects Malaysia’s aspirations in moving forward while maintaining its national identity and traditional values
NATIONAL MUSEUM Jalan Damansara The Minangkabau-style National Museum is the country’s premier museum. Built in 1963, the museum acts as a prime information hub on the nation’s history and culture, which are spread out over four differentlythemed galleries. Relics from the past can also be found within the grounds of the museum.
KL TOWER Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P. Ramlee Perched on top of Bukit Nanas within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Tower is one of the city’s most significant landmarks. Its observation tower offers sweeping views of the city. Savour sumptuous cuisine while enjoying a 360˚ view of the city’s skyline at the Atmosphere 360˚ Revolving Restaurant @ KL Tower.
DATARAN MERDEKA (MERDEKA SQUARE) Jalan Raja Literally meaning ‘Independence Square’, Dataran Merdeka marks an important point in history where the Union Jack was lowered to signify Malaysia’s independence from the British. The 100m-high flagpole is reported to be one of the world’s tallest.
LITTLE INDIA Brickfields Malaysia’s Little India is situated within one of the country’s oldest Indian settlements. Officially launched in 2009, it is quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Stretching from Jalan Travers right up to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India is conveniently located right next to KL Sentral, the city’s main transportation hub. This lively, colourful ethnic enclave features a brick-paved street, decorative streetlights and arches, a 35-foot fountain and various shops offering everything related to Indian culture, from brightly-coloured saris to traditional Indian cuisine.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING Jalan Raja The stately Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the city’s most distinguished landmarks. Built in 1897, this heritage building served as an administrative centre during the British era. Standing right opposite Dataran Merdeka, it is the prime venue for the country’s National Day celebrations.
More places of intrest
- Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)
- Perdana Botanical Gardens Aquaria KLCC
- Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
- Pasar Seni (Central Market)
- Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory Mosque)
- KL Bird Park • Kidzania Kuala Lumpur
- Istana Budaya (National Theatre)
- Chinatown (Petaling Street)
- Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
- Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco-Park
- Saint Mary’s Cathedral
- Thean Hou Temple • KL Sky Tour
- Little India@Brickfields
- Medan Pasar Lama (Old Market Square)
- Istana Negara (Royal Palace)
A shopping heaven in its own right, Kuala Lumpur caters to every taste, preference and budget. Swanky malls that double up as one-stop lifestyle centres such as Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC can be found around the city. Bukit Bintang, the city’s premier shopping district, offers a choice of eight shopping malls offering everything from haute couture to state-of-the-art gadgets, all located within walking distance to one another. Bustling areas such as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Petaling Street offer excellent bargains from crafts to clothing, while suburban enclaves such as Bangsar, Mont Kiara and Hartamas have a fantastic range of speciality shops and exclusive one-of-a-kind boutiques, as well as exciting flea markets. Malaysia’s renowned Royal Selangor pewterware make exceptional souvenirs, and can be purchased at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Here, you could also watch how the pewter goods are crafted and even create your own pewter souvenir to take home. Batik and other local handicrafts can be obtained at the Pasar Seni (Central Market) and the Kuala Lumpur Craft Comple
Dining Events & Recreation
When it comes to food, Kuala Lumpur has earned a reputation as one of the region’s food capitals. International, fusion and authentic local cuisine can be found everywhere and anywhere around the city – in hotels, shopping malls, sidewalk bistros, food courts and hawker stalls. Most eateries serve halal food, so Muslims would feel right at home dining in this cosmopolitan city. First-timers are highly recommended to try out the many local fares available, which generally consist of Malay, Chinese and Indian offerings. Kuala Lumpur plays host to a number of international, sporting, cultural and recreational events throughout the year that are sure to set your pulse racing. Popular events include Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur, KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge, KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear, National Craft Day and CIMB Classic. Kuala Lumpur is also filledwith a huge variety of leisure and entertainment options. Indoor theme parks such as Berjaya Times Square and Kidzania Kuala Lumpur provide hours of fun for the whole family. Situated along Jalan Tun Razak, TREC is the latest hangout for entertainment. Other hotspots for nightlife are located along Changkat Bukit Bintang, Asian Heritage Row and Jalan P. Ramlee, keeping the party crowd happy well into the wee hours of the morning. Fans of the fine arts can find plenty of stimulation in the city’s vibrant and exciting visual and performance arts scene. No matter what your preference and budget, Kuala Lumpur has the right accommodation for you. From worldclass, five-star hotels to backpackers’ inns, major city areas such as KLCC, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Bukit Bintang offer plenty of options.
For more information, contact: Tourism Malaysia Tourist Information Centres Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) +603 9235 4848 / 4900 KL Sentral +603 2272 5823 Sultan Abdul Samad Building +603 2602 2014