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Kota Bahru
Murtabak is the Malaysian version of the French crepes, filled with meat or chicken. Manis murtabak is the sweet version.
Malaysia: Preparing Murtabak in Kota Bharu food stall

What's that odor?
Durian is arguably the most offensive fruit in the world. A ripe fruit gives off odors meters away. But what smells like rotten eggs to some is sweet as honey to others.
Malaysia: Durian

Little China
Kuala Terengganu
Kuala Terengganu, like many Malaysian cities, has a small Chinatown. In such neighborhoods you can usually find a couple of restaurants offering tasty alternatives to the sometimes bland Malaysian cuisine.
Malaysia: Kuala Terengganu Chinatown

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Malaysia: In the Heart of Asia

Malaysia is all about taking it easy. Even its bustling capital keeps a relaxing pace compared to its Asian counterparts. Splurge in Kuala Lumpur, discover wildlife in Taman Negara, go to the East Coast for dream-like beaches, and then head down to colonial city Melaka.


Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the undisputed capital of Malaysia, governmental and economic, and nothing demonstrates the latter like the Petronas Towers. It's actually quite a pleasant city to stay in, with good restaurants, shopping, and some memorable landmarks.

Malaysia: Diving Down

The east coast of Malaysia is a diver's dream. Fish in all shapes, sizes and colors, and many of them, reef sharks, corals, turtles... The list goes on. Head out to one of the many volcanic islands, just of the coast. You'll wish you could stay forever, and some do. For the uninitiated, finding a PADI-certified course is a breeze. The most popular islands for diving are Perhentian Islands (near Kota Bharu), Redang (near Kuala Terengganu) and Tioman (closest to Singapore).
Malaysia: Coral at Perhentian Kecil

Malaysia: Melaka Christ Church Malaysia: Melaka Night Market Melaka: Trading Up

Melaka's international flavor can be seen it its history: First conquered by the Chinese, then battleground for the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British. Nowadays things have quieted down, and Melaka is best discovered through leisurely strolls. Left to right: Christ Church and Night Market.

Malaysia: Taman Negara Lizard Malaysia: Taman Negara Flowers Malaysia: Pulau Perhentian Besar Malaysia: Back to Nature

The best of Malaysia is in its natural beauty, wether it's rain forrest or tropical islands.

From left to right:
-Lizard in Taman Negara.
-Colorful flowers in Taman Negara.
-Picture-perfect postcard view in Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Malaysia: Pulau Perhentian Kecil Malaysia: Pulau Perhentian Kecil Perhentian: The Beach

Pulau Perhentian Kecil is a favorite backpacker hangout. Perfect sandy beaches studded with palm-trees overlooking turquoise ocean. Some go for a day or two, others for weeks, months or years. It's an excellent place for seeing marine life, whether you snorkle or scuba-dive.

A zoologist's heaven, there's always something moving in Malaysia.
Malaysia: Lizard in Perhentian Kecil


Kuala Lumpur
Largest city
Kuala Lumpur
24,300,000 (2006)
329,750 kmĀ²
Official language(s)
Behasa Melayu
Federal constitutional monarchy

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