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Malaysia Travel TipsMalaysia Travel Tips (8 February, 2006)

B. Melayu

 Timothy Tye

Malaysia Travel Tips is created for the benefit of anybody who wants to know more about Malaysia. To create this online DIY travel guide, I have travelled thousands of kilometers crisscrossing the country, with more trips planned, so that I can provide you a look-and-learn discovery of Malaysia. I have photographed thousands of sights and am adding them to this website as fast as I am able to write! This guide is to act as a reference as well as to provide you suggestions and inspiration to create your own trips. The hallmark of this website is clarity, so almost every sight includes a description with map, and increasingly, GPS coordinates, so that you can go there on your own, with your own group of friends or family members.

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. It has a total landmass of 330,803 square kilometers (127,724 square miles). The country is divided into two parts by the South China Sea. These are presently known as Peninsular Malaysia (130,598 sq km/50,424 sq miles) and East Malaysia (200,565 sq km)1, representing 61% of the landmass but only about 20% of the population.

The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur while the administrative capital is Putrajaya. The island of Labuan is also part of the Federal Territories of Malaysia.

Travel Tips for the Busy Traveler

  1. 6 Fabulous Hotels in 6 Fantastic Places in Malaysia: If you are a first-time visitor to Malaysia, and you are pressed for time, here are the six places to go, and in each, I recommend a fabulous hotel.

Map of the States and Federal Territories of Malaysia

This website offers you information on the tourist attractions and places of interest all over Malaysia. To make it easier for you to find your way about, I have separated them into the places in the Federal Territories and the places in the States of Malaysia.

Explore the Federal Territories of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and biggest city. It is a vibrant city with many tourist sights.



Labuan is being groomed to be an offshore financial centre. It has a limited number of tourist attractions.



Putrajaya is planned to function as the administrative capital. It has many parks. Most of the built attractions are related to the administrative function of the government.


Explore the States of Malaysia

Discover Johor

Johor is the southernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia. It is also one that is developing rapidly, owing to a large extend to its proximity to Singapore.


Discover Kedah

Kedah was traditionally known as the rice bowl of Malaysia. Nevertheless, it has a wide range of sights, including a popular hill station and a number of archaeological sites.


Discover Kelantan

Kelantan is a state in the Muslim heartland of Peninsular Malaysia. It has a surprisingly large number of Thai Buddhist temples, due to its proximity to Thailand.


Discover Malacca

Malacca is often regarded as the cradle of Malay civilization. It has the most number of historic sites.


Discover Negeri Sembilan

Negeri Sembilan is a state established by Minangkabau settlers from Sumatra. The Minangkabau culture is reflected in the style of many landmark buildings here.


Discover Pahang

Pahang is the biggest state in Peninsular Malaysia. However it is mountainous and forested. The state has a number of popular hill stations.


Discover Penang

Penang is one of the main tourist destinations in the country. Most visitors converge on Penang Island, which is rich with historic and cultural sights.


Discover Perak

Perak is traditionally known as a tin-mining state. The state has a coastline with fishing villages while inland, there are numerous limestone outcrops.


Discover Perlis

Perlis is the smallest and northernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia. It has a limited number of tourist attractions.


Discover Sabah

Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia. It is also home to the highest peak in Southeast Asia. The state has a number of diving destinations.


Discover Sarawak

Sarawak is the biggest state in Malaysia. It is rich with indigenous culture, and every main town has its own characteristic.


Discover Selangor

Selangor is the most well-developed state in Malaysia. It has a number of coastal destinations as well as historic sights.


Discover Terengganu

Terengganu is a state on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has beautiful coastal sceneties and island destinations.


Discover Explore, Discover and Enjoy Malaysia !

Discover Tips for Exploring Malaysia

Here's a collection of information and tips to help you enjoy exploring Malaysia.


Discover Categories of Sights in Malaysia

Over the years, I have documented thousands of sights all over Malaysia. To help you find them, I have cetegorized them under different headings.

  6. Accounting Firms in Malaysia
  7. Acupuncture Centres in Malaysia
  8. Advertising Agencies in Malaysia
  9. AEON Malls in Malaysia
  10. Aid Organisations in Malaysia
  11. Air Conditioning Repair in Malaysia
  12. Airports in Malaysia
  13. Antique Shops in Malaysia
  14. Apartments in Malaysia
  15. Army Camps in Malaysia
  16. Art Galleries in Malaysia
  17. Auditoriums in Malaysia
  18. Auto Gate Installers in Malaysia
  19. Auto Repair Shops in Malaysia
  20. Auto Service Centres in Malaysia
  21. Auto Spray Painting Shops in Malaysia
  22. Baby Product Stores in Malaysia
  23. Bakeries in Malaysia
  24. Baking Supply Shops in Malaysia
  25. Banks in Malaysia
  26. Beaches in Malaysia
  27. Boutiques in Malaysia
  28. Brethren Assemblies in Malaysia
  29. Bridges in Malaysia
  30. Buddhist Temples in Malaysia
  31. Businesses in Malaysia
  32. Bus Terminals in Malaysia
  33. Car Parks in Malaysia
  34. Car Showrooms in Malaysia
  35. Car Wash in Malaysia
  36. Caves in Malaysia
  37. Cave Temples in Malaysia
  38. Cemeteries in Malaysia
  39. Cenotaphs in Malaysia
  40. Chicken Rice Shops in Malaysia
  41. Child Care Centres in Malaysia
  42. Chinese Medical Halls in Malaysia
  43. Chinese Restaurants in Malaysia
  44. Chinese Temples in Malaysia
  45. Churches in Malaysia
  46. Clan Associations in Malaysia
  47. Clinics in Malaysia
  48. Clocktowers in Malaysia
  49. Coffee Shops in Malaysia
  50. Colleges in Malaysia
  51. Commercial Properties in Malaysia
  52. Condominiums in Malaysia
  53. Consulates in Malaysia
  54. Consultancy Firms in Malaysia
  55. Convention Centres in Malaysia
  56. Cultural Villages in Malaysia
  57. Dental Clinics in Malaysia
  58. Department Stores in Malaysia
  59. Dialysis Centres in Malaysia
  60. Econsave Stores in Malaysia
  61. Embassies in Malaysia
  62. Empire Sushi outlets in Malaysia
  63. Entertainers in Malaysia
  64. Eu Yan Sang in Malaysia
  65. Event Management Companies in Malaysia
  66. Expressways in Malaysia
  67. Eye Specialists in Malaysia
  68. Factories in Malaysia
  69. Federal Territories of Malaysia
  70. Ferry Services in Malaysia
  71. Financial Institutions in Malaysia
  72. Fire Stations in Malaysia
  73. Flats in Malaysia
  74. Florists in Malaysia
  75. Food Courts in Malaysia
  76. Foot Reflexology Centres in Malaysia
  77. Forest Parks in Malaysia
  78. Forts in Malaysia
  79. Fountains in Malaysia
  80. Funeral Parlours in Malaysia
  81. Furniture Shops in Malaysia
  82. Garden Centres in Malaysia
  83. Giant Hypermarkets in Malaysia
  84. Golf Courses in Malaysia
  85. Government Buildings in Malaysia
  86. Government Quarters in Malaysia
  87. Graves in Malaysia
  88. Gurdwaras in Malaysia
  89. Handicraft Centres in Malaysia
  90. Hawker Centres in Malaysia
  91. High-Rise Buildings in Malaysia
  92. Highways in Malaysia
  93. Hill Resorts in Malaysia
  94. Hindu Temples in Malaysia
  95. Historic buildings in Malaysia
  96. Historic Sites in Malaysia
  97. Hospitals in Malaysia
  98. Hotels in Malaysia
  99. Hot Springs in Malaysia
  100. Housing Estates in Malaysia
  101. Hypermarkets in Malaysia
  102. Indian Restaurants in Malaysia
  103. Industrial Parks in Malaysia
  104. International Schools in Malaysia
  105. Islands in Malaysia
  106. Jetties in Malaysia
  107. Jewellery Shops in Malaysia
  108. KFC Restaurants in Malaysia
  109. Kindergartens in Malaysia
  110. Klinik Kelihatan in Malaysia
  111. Lakes in Malaysia
  112. Libraries in Malaysia
  113. LRT Stations in Malaysia
  114. Malay Restaurants in Malaysia
  115. Markets in Malaysia
  116. Mausoleums in Malaysia
  117. Megaliths in Malaysia
  118. Metal Works in Malaysia
  119. Middle-Eastern Restaurants in Malaysia
  120. Mini Markets in Malaysia
  121. Mobile Motorcycle Mechanics in Malaysia
  122. Monorail Stations in Malaysia
  123. Monuments in Malaysia
  124. Moral Uplifting Societies in Malaysia
  125. Mosques in Malaysia
  126. Mountains in Malaysia
  127. MRT Stations in Malaysia
  128. Multi-Purpose Halls in Malaysia
  129. Museums in Malaysia
  130. Musical Instrument Shops in Malaysia
  131. Music Schools in Malaysia
  132. Nasi Kandar Restaurants in Malaysia
  133. National Parks in Malaysia
  134. Newspaper Bureaux in Malaysia
  135. Night Clubs in Malaysia
  136. Nursing Homes in Malaysia
  137. Nutritional Product Stores in Malaysia
  138. Nyonya Restaurants in Malaysia
  139. Office Equipment Stores in Malaysia
  140. Old Folks Homes in Malaysia
  141. Organisations in Malaysia
  142. Pakistani Restaurants in Malaysia
  143. Palaces in Malaysia
  144. Parks in Malaysia
  145. Pedestrian Malls in Malaysia
  146. Pet Grooming Shops in Malaysia
  147. Petrol Stations in Malaysia
  148. Pillboxes in Malaysia
  149. Plant Nurseries in Malaysia
  150. Playing Fields in Malaysia
  151. Police Stations in Malaysia
  152. Post Offices in Malaysia
  153. Print Shops in Malaysia
  154. Prisons in Malaysia
  155. Properties in Malaysia
  156. Recreation Clubs in Malaysia
  157. Restaurants in Malaysia
  158. Rest Houses in Malaysia
  159. Rivers in Malaysia
  160. Roundabouts in Malaysia
  161. Royal Galleries in Malaysia
  162. Schools in Malaysia
  163. Seafood Restaurants in Malaysia
  164. Second-Hand Car Dealers in Malaysia
  165. Shopping Malls in Malaysia
  166. Skyscrapers in Malaysia
  167. Souvenir Shops in Malaysia
  168. Spas in Malaysia
  169. Specialty Shops in Malaysia
  170. Stadiums in Malaysia
  171. Stationery Shops in Malaysia
  172. Steamboat Restaurants in Malaysia
  173. Straits in Malaysia
  174. Street Art in Malaysia
  175. Supermarkets in Malaysia
  176. Suraus in Malaysia
  177. Swimming Pools in Malaysia
  178. Tailors in Malaysia
  179. Teochew Associations in Malaysia
  180. Tesco Stores in Malaysia
  181. Thai Restaurants in Malaysia
  182. Thai Temples in Malaysia
  183. Theme Parks in Malaysia
  184. Tourist Attractions in Malaysia
  185. Traditional Chinese Medicine Centres in Malaysia
  186. Trains in Malaysia
  187. Train Stations in Malaysia
  188. Universities in Malaysia
  189. Utility Plants in Malaysia
  190. Villages in Malaysia
  191. Waterfalls in Malaysia
  192. Waterfront Promenades in Malaysia
  193. Wesley Methodist Churches in Malaysia
  194. Zoos in Malaysia

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Arriving in Malaysia

Useful articles for planning your trip to Malaysia:

1. Arriving in Malaysia.
2. Malaysia Entry Requirements.
3. Arriving in Malaysia by flight.
4. Arriving in Malaysia by road.
5. Arriving by road from Singapore.
6. Arriving by road from Thailand.
7. Arriving in Malaysia by sea.
8. Getting around in Malaysia.
9. Road Trips in Malaysia.
9. Preparing a road trip.
10. Using GPS to explore Malaysia.

Administrative Divisions of Malaysia

Malaysia comprises three Federal Territories and thirteen states. The states in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, are subdivided into districts. Districts are administered under district councils (majlis daerah), while some of the bigger towns and their surrounding areas administered by municipal councils (majlis perbandaran). Towns with city status are administered by city councils (majlis bandaraya), which is also called city hall (dewan bandaraya) in the case of Kuala Lumpur. The districts and municipalities are further subdivided into counties (mukim).

The Federal Territory of Putrajaya is subdivided into precincts while the Federal Territory of Labuan comprises Bandar Labuan and 27 administrative villages (kampung). The states of Sabah and Sarawak are subdivided into divisions (bahagian) which are then further subdivided into districts (daerah).

Government of Malaysia

Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy with the head of state being the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or King, who is elected to the office for a five-year term among the nine hereditary rulers of the Malay states. At time of writing (May 2018), the King of Malaysia is Muhammad V of Kelantan.

The Parliament of Malaysia comprises the lower house (House of Representatives), which comprises 222 members (known as Members of Parliament), elected for a maximum term of 5 years; and the upper house (Senate), comprising 70 members (known as Senators), who sit for 3-year terms. Of the 70 Senators, 26 are elected by the 13 State Assemblies while the remaining 44 are appointed by the King upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Parliamentary election follows the first-past-the-post system.

Executive power of the Government of Malaysia is vested in the Cabinet, which is led by the Prime Minister, who is both the Head of Cabinet and Head of Government. Since the 2018 General Elections, the Prime Minister is Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. Listed here are the Cabinet Ministers of Malaysia.

Geography of Malaysia

Malaysia covers 329,613 square kilometers (127,264 square miles). It comprises Peninsular Malaysia (also called West Malaysia) and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares land borders with Thailand, while East Malaysia shares land borders with Indonesia and Brunei. Peninsular Malaysia is also physically linked to Singapore by the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.

Peninsular Malaysia measures 740 km (460 miles) from north to south, and is roughly 322 km (200 miles) at its widest. The East and West Coasts of Peninsular Malaysia are separated by the main range, Banjaran Titiwangsa, with its tallest peak being Gunung Korbu (2,183 m / 7,162 ft). The tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia is Gunung Tahan (2,187 m / 7,175 ft) while the longest river is Sungai Pahang (459 km / 285 mi).

Economy of Malaysia

As of 2014, Malaysia has a Gross Domestic Product at Purchasing Power Parity of US$746.821 billion, giving it the third largest GDP in the ASEAN region behind the more populous Indonesia and Thailand, and the 28th largest in the world1 It is the 28th largest economy in the world, and according to HSBC economist Karen Ward2, the economy will in 2050 grow to US$1.2 trillion, making it the 21st largest in the world.

Population of Malaysia

The most populous state in Malaysia is Selangor (as of 2000)3, with a population of 4.2 million people, followed by Johor (2.7 million) and Sabah (2.6 million). Selangor also recorded the highest percentage of in-migrants of any state in Malaysia, 28.2% in 2003-2004 and 16.4% in 2006-2007, with the majority coming from Kedah (8,900), Perak (6,500), the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (5,300) and Kelantan (4,400).

The state of Penang has the highest percentage of migrants, for the period of 2008 to 2009, with the highest number of net migrants (15,400), a contra of 20.7% in-migrants and 5.3% out-migrants. In other words, of 100 persons who either moved to or out of Penang, the state received 60 addition persons.


  1. Report for Selected Countries and Subjects (Malaysia), by the International Monetary Fund (2014).
  2. These Economies Will Dominate The World in 2050, by Business Insider (13 January, 2012).
  3. List of Cities, Malaysia (2010), by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia.
  4. East Malaysia

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