Malay. English is widely understood in tourist areas.
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Cash is the most common form of payment. Digital payment and credit cards are available in larger stores and Kuala Lumpur.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Largest City: Kuala Lumpur
Population: 32.73 million
Best Known For:
Unique multicultural cuisine, shopping, Petronas Twin Towers, lush jungles, orangutans.
Hot and humid, with distinct wet and dry seasons.
Mee goreng mamak, nasi lemak, rendang, laksa, satay, banana leaf rice.
More About Malaysia
Malaysia is a melting pot of Asia, which makes it incredibly unique and sets is apart from the rest of Southeast Asia. Malaysia has diverse history of many different cultures over centuries, which has created the unique country that we know today. Malaysia has diverse religions, architecture, and cuisine, which reflects various aspects of British, Persian, Arabic, Indian, Chinese, and Malay cultures.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the great cities and financial centers of Southeast Asia, and is a destination in and of itself. The iconic Petronas Twin Towers, were once the tallest buildings in the world, and dominate the skyline. Shopping malls are clean and modern and can be found everywhere, as can both bustling day and night markets. A very popular daytrip from Kuala Lumpur is to the Batu Caves - famous for their big golden statue and the rainbow staircase.
Outside of the capital, it is easy to get in touch with nature in the Cameron Highlands, islands of Langkawi, jungles of Malaysian Borneo or in Malaysia's oldest national park, Taman Negara. Malaysia is also popular for kayaking, jungle trekking, snorkeling, and caving.
No trip to Malaysia would be complete without sampling some of the amazing cuisine. Due to the diverse cultures, the cuisine is just as diverse. There is something to please everyone, with the national dish, nasi lemak, being one of the most popular, and available everywhere.