Malaysia Travel Guide
Malaysia Travel Trip
Malaysia is a country in South-East Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. West (peninsular) Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, is connected by a causeway and a bridge (the ‘second link’) to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia.
West Coast – the more developed side of Peninsular Malaysia, with the states of Kedah, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Perlis and Selangor, and Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur and the new administrative centre of Putrajaya, all located within this region.
East Coast – more traditional and Muslim, the islands here are glittering tropical jewels. Made up of the states of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu.
South – comprising just one state, Johor, two coastlines, and endless palm oil plantations.
Some 800 kilometres to the east is East Malaysia ( Malaysia Timur ), which occupies the northern third of the island of Borneo, shared with Indonesia and tiny Brunei. Partly covered in impenetrable jungle where headhunters roam (on GSM networks if nothing else), East Malaysia is rich in natural resources but very much Malaysia’s hinterland for industry and tourism.
Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Sarawak, Malacca, Miri, Gunung Mulu National Park, Putrajaya.
Some of the most stunningly beautiful things about Malaysia are its tropical islands. And there’s more to them than sun, sand and surf: particularly on the East Coast and Borneo’s Sipadan there are coral reefs and hence excellent diving . The Islands are: Labuan, Borneo, Langkawi, Pangkor, Penang, Perhentian Islands, Redang Island, Sipadan Island, Tenggol Island, Tioman Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
Most international flights land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA); AirAsia flights now use the new LCC terminal, a 20km road transfer away from the main KLIA terminal. KLIA’s predecessor, the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang near Kuala Lumpur handles chartered and turboprop aircraft.