Malaysia Travel Tips
(8 February, 2006)
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
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 Travel Tips
Kuala Lumpur is the capital and biggest city. It is a vibrant city with many tourist sights.Enter
Labuan Travel Tips
Labuan is being groomed to be an offshore financial centre. It has a limited number of tourist attractions.Enter
Putrajaya Travel Tips
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.Enter
Explore the States of Malaysia
Johor Travel Tips
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
Kedah Travel Tips
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.Enter
Kelantan Travel Tips
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
Malacca Travel Tips
Malacca is often regarded as the cradle of Malay civilization. It has the most number of historic sites.Enter
Negeri Sembilan Travel Tips
Negeri Sembilan is a state established by Minangkabau settlers from Sumatra. The Minangkabau culture is reflected in the style of many landmark buildings here.Enter
Pahang Travel Tips
Pahang is the biggest state in Peninsular Malaysia. However it is mountainous and forested. The state has a number of popular hill stations.Enter
Penang Travel Tips
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.Enter
Perak Travel Tips
Perak is traditionally known as a tin-mining state. The state has a coastline with fishing villages while inland, there are numerous limestone outcrops.Enter
Perlis Travel Tips
Perlis is the smallest and northernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia. It has a limited number of tourist attractions.Enter
Sabah Travel Tips
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.Enter
Sarawak Travel Tips
Sarawak is the biggest state in Malaysia. It is rich with indigenous culture, and every main town has its own characteristic.Enter
Selangor Travel Tips
Selangor is the most well-developed state in Malaysia. It has a number of coastal destinations as well as historic sights.Enter
Terengganu Travel Tips
Terengganu is a state on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has beautiful coastal sceneties and island destinations.Enter
Explore, Discover and Enjoy Malaysia !
Tips for Exploring Malaysia
Here's a collection of information and tips to help you enjoy exploring Malaysia.Read
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.
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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
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
. 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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Malaysia Travel Tips!
My Malaysia Travel Tips
has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor
, Negeri Sembilan
) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur
, Johor Bahru
, Cameron Highlands
, Kota Kinabalu
, Alor Setar
, Petaling Jaya
, Kota Bharu
, Kuala Terengganu
) and hundreds of smaller towns.
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