Going on a Malaysia trip will be like visiting two countries separated in two by the South China Sea. The country inhabits a multicultural peninsula which features Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, with Borneo hosting a wild jungle of orangutans, granite peaks and still-remote tribes.
The two regions feature an impressive variety of cultural microcosms which range from the ultra-modern high-rises of Kuala Lumpur to the longhouse villages of Sarawak.
The peninsular part of Malaysia extends south from Asia and points towards Indonesia and Australia and is mostly covered by dense jungle and mountains, very thinly populated in the north. On the west side of the peninsula you’ll find a long and fertile plain running down to the sea, and on the eastern side the mountains slope into the coast.
When it comes to the other part of the country which makes up more than half of its area, Malaysian Borneo, is divided into the states of Sarawak and Sabah, with Brunei being a small enclave between the two of them.
Both the states are covered by dense jungle featuring many large river systems which are quite interesting for the adventuring traveler – especially in Sarawak, and then there’s the mountainous region, especially Mr. Kinabalu Sabah, the country’s highest mountain.
Malaysia has one of the best blends and assortments of cuisines in the world, and a country’s gastronomy is one of the best and easiest ways of one to get acquainted with the local culture. You can start with the Chinese-Malay ‘Nonya’ fare and then you can move to Indian curries and some Malay food stalls.
One of the great attractions of the country is the fusion of everything, you’ll still find pockets of ethnicities, religions and landscapes but the people have managed to create one of the safest and most stable countries in the region.