Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo neighboured by Singapore and Thailand. It’s well known for its beaches, rainforest and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial building, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers skyscrapers at 451m tall. From Penang to Langkawi, the affluence and diversity between is incredible, especially the food.
Top Facts about Malaysia:
1. Kuala Lumpur has more than 7 million inhabitants but the administrative capital, Putrajaya has less than 100,000.
2. The country’s motto is ‘Unity is Strength, a national day on the 31st August where the national symbols of the Malayan tiger an hibiscus flower are appreciated.
3. Signs of human settlements dating back to more than 400,000 years have been found on the Malayan Peninsula. The first settlers arrived from China and india around the first century AD. Later conquered by the Portuguese in the 15th century and then the British in the 17th century and gained independence in 1963.