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Find Malaysia Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Malaysia.

About Malaysia

Malaysia was formed on September 16th, 1963 as a federation of the 11 states of Peninsular Malaysia - what was then the Federation of Malaya; an independent nation since 1957, along with the self-governing state of Singapore and the former British colonies of North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak.

Kota Bahru Indoor Market

The Federated States of Malaysia

Countries neighbouring Malaysia are: Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

Map of Malaysia

Singapore departed from the new federation in 1965.

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Getting Around Malaysia

Malaysia by Road

As in England and Australia, cars drive on the left. On the peninsula the roads are excellent, although a little crowded.

In Sabah and Sarawak road travel is made harder by the numerous rivers and mountainous interior.

Malaysia by Rail

An international train runs from Singapore to Thailand, through Kuala Lumpur.

The central railway line goes through the jungle to Kota Bahru on the east coast.

There are no railways in Sarawak, but an interesting journey can be had in Sabah; from Kota Kinabalu (Tanjung Aru) to Beaufort and Tenom.

Malaysia by Air

Malaysia has four international airports at Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, and Kuching in Sarawak. Singapore can also be used, as its only a short journey across the causeway to Johor Bahru.

Airports and Airlines:
Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier.

Flying to Sabah and Sarawak

You can save money by flying to Sabah, or Sarawak, from Johor Bahru rather than Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur

The capital of Malaysia has an interesting blend of old and new.

The cultural mix is evident by a thriving Chinatown, an Indian quarter, Malay women in headscarves doing their shopping in them both, and young boys practising cricket on the downtown playing field.

Kuala Lumpur was founded by Chinese tin-miners in 1857, and expanded under the British between 1873 and 1957.

It became the capital of the British-protected Federation of Malay States in 1895.

Kuala Lumpur Sightseeing

Visit the National Mosque at Friday prayers; Parliament House; and the railway station built by the colonial British with its Moorish influences of spires and minarets.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Copyright Michel, Travel Notes
Kuala Lumpur

Sultan Samad Building:
Designed and built by the British at the end of the 19th century, as the Secretariat Building, the tall clock tower is one of Kuala Lumpur's principal landmarks.

Malaysia Museums

The National Museum is at the entrance to the Lake Gardens, in Kuala Lumpur.

The Sabah Museum, in Kota Kinabalu, and the Sarawak Museum, in Kuching, exhibit collections of regional ethnographic and archaeological materials.

Penang (Pinang in Malay)

The oldest British settlement in Malaysia is popular with tourists for its beaches.

The island, off the north-west coast of the peninsula, was considered a strategic location by the British East India Company in 1786.

Penang island is connected to the mainland by an 8.4 km bridge; the longest in South-East Asia. Ferries between Georgetown and Butterworth run 24 hours a day and are more convenient.

Fort Cornwallis is one of Penang's oldest sights.

'There is an air of careless abundance about Penang that no amount of construction can dampen. And that’s saying something'.

Meta-Travel Members By Lucretia Stewart.

Pulau Pangkor:
Not well known to foreigners but greatly appreciated by the local Malaysians, Pangkor island is located between Penang and Kuala Lumpur; an excellent stopover for a few days on the beach in paradi.

Malaysia Tourism

Malaysia is a beautiful country with a rich culture just waiting to be explored.

Discover the endless range of attractions and activities that cater to the cosmopolitan shopper, cultural enthusiast, historical buff and nature-lover.

Visit Malaysia:
Official tourist information from the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.

Tourism Malaysia in Australia:
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
Level 2, 171 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW.

Tourism Malaysia in Canada:
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
1590-1111, West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tourism Malaysia in Germany:
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
Weissfrauenstrasse 12 - 16, Frankfurt.

Tourism Malaysia in Italy:
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
Via Privata della Passarella 4, Milan.

Tourism Malaysia in New Zealand:
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
Level 10, DLA Phillips Fox Tower,
205-209, Queen Street, Auckland.

Tourism Malaysia in South Korea:
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
2nd Floor, Hansan Building,
47-2 Seosomun-dong, Chung-ku, Seoul.

Tourism Malaysia in United Kingdom
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
57 Trafalgar Square, London.

Diving in Malaysia

If you plan to do some diving in Malaysia, you should try to book a package with an operator that includes diving, food and accommodation. It's a good way to save money.

Also, the sea gets rough and murky during the east coast's monsoon (November to March), so try to time your visit outside of this period.

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Member of Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents and licensed dive tour operator with the Malaysia Ministry of Tourism.

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