Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while *Putrajaya (map) is the seat of the federal government. Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation.

However, you will not find extreme rural poverty or gigantic urban slums as in other places in Southeast Asia.

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George Town (map) – the capital city of *Penang, one of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. *Malacca City (map) – a historical city in Malaysia. This is the other cultural World Heritage Site in Malaysia.

*Langkawi (map) — an archipelago of 99 islands known for its beaches, rainforest, mountains, mangrove estuaries and unique nature. It’s also a duty-free island. *Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian, map) — glittering jewels off the East Coast still undiscovered by mass tourism.

*Miri (map) – the resort city of Sarawak is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mulu caves and numerous national parks like Niah caves, Lambir Hills National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park. Noted for its pristine coral reefs and ecotourism attractions too. *Taman Negara National Park (map) – the world’s oldest rainforest, spanning Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu.

*Batu Caves, KL (map) – The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of the Hindu festival of *Thaipusam in Malaysia.

Petronas Towers and KLCC Park, KL (map). *Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KL (map).

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Malaysia comprises two geographic regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, which are separated by the South China Sea.

Peninsular (West) Malaysia contains islands with gorgeous beaches and mountain retreats surrounded by tea plantations, interesting historical cities, World-famous food, and the highly modern, multi-cultural capital of Kuala Lumpur.

East Malaysia contains lush jungles with diverse native population and wildlife, as well as stunning natural attractions such as giant caves, beautiful mountains and fantastic diving sites.

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 BUS > The cheapest way to travel in Malaysia is by bus. All towns of any size have a bus terminal offering connections to other parts of the country. There are many companies of varying degrees of dependability, but two of the largest and more reliable are Transnasional and NICE/Plusliner. >> Bus Online Ticket

 RAIL >   Rapid KLKTM Berhad • Long-distance trains in Malaysia can rarely match road transport in terms of speed, but state operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) provides relatively inexpensive and generally reliable services around Peninsular Malaysia (but not Sabah/Sarawak in Borneo).

 AIRPORTS >   Most international flights land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Largely thanks to budget carrier AirAsia, Malaysia is crisscrossed by a web of affordable flights with advertised “promotional” prices.

 WATERWAYS >   PENANG PORTMalaysia Ferry BookingFeri