Destination: Malaysia - Truly Asia

Malaysia – a multicultural country of friendly people, beautiful nature reserves, long history as well as modern high-tech cities. Get familiar with this “truly Asian” world.


Malaysia: Standing out among the Crowd

Nils Kraus

Westerners have always been enthralled by the exoticism of Asia, and fantastic tales and adventures involving Asia have been told by many, some growing to legendary proportions. Asian countries know this, and have used it to their advantage to attract tourists to their countries. Countries with a strong identifiable image like Egypt, China, and Japan, have no problems attracting visitors, nor do world class destinations like the Himalayas, Angkor Wat, or Bali. The sheer diversity of attractions...

Travel and Tourism in Malaysia

James Morris

Travel and tourism remains a highly important part of the Malaysian economy, with an ever increasing number of companies competing for a share of rising tourist expenditure. The tourism accommodation and air transportation sectors have seen the lion’s share of growth. For example, Air Asia, the country’s premium low cost carrier, has expanded its operations and now offers many more routes within and outside the country and is regarded as a significant regional player. The hotel segme...

Kuala Lumpur: The New Gateway to South-East Asia

Wayne M. Gore

Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Garden City of Lights, is the Capital City of Malaysia. From its centralized position which spans 243.6 sq. kilometres, this ultra-modern nerve centre of Malaysia expands outwards to embrace the world. Discovering Kuala Lumpur is like travelling through a time tunnel. Here, vivid traces of history continue to influence and inspire a country set on becoming a fully industrialized nation by the year 2020. You will see ultra-modern skyscrapers standing magnificently...

Penang: Old-world Charm and Beach Retreat

William Law

Penang Island, often referred to as the Pearl of the Orient, is one of the most picturesque and romantic regions in all of Asia. This tropical island lies in the Indian Ocean, just off the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang received its name from the Pinang, or Betel Nut tree, once commonly found on the island. Founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company is a cultural melting pot and the oldest British Straits Settlement. Its historic heart of Georget...

Taman Negara: The Oldest Rainforest in the World

Cecilia Garland

Taman Negara National Park straddles the borders of three states – Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang – in Peninsular Malaysia. A totally protected area of 4,343 sq km, Taman Negara is one of the world's oldest tropical rain forests. The diversity of its fauna and flora is a result of undisturbed evolution over 130 million years. The park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after independence, which literally means "national p...