The ultimate cultural melting pot Malaysia offers an intriguing mix of mainly Malay, Chinese and Indian culture where Malay mosques and Hindu temples sit side by side towering skyscrapers and bustling markets. Malaysia is a beautiful country of contradiction where ultra modern metropolises exist amongst powder beach coastlines, dense rainforests, imposing mountain ranges and quaint villages.
Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate where warm weather is almost guaranteed and temperatures average between 26-32 celsius. Monsoon season runs typically from November through to February where temperatures drop to around 23 degrees on rainy days.
Malaysia celebrates a number of festivals, events and major holidays including Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Wesak and Christmas.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the main air hub in Malaysia.
Direct sleeper trains run between Bangkok in Thailand and Butterworth, near Penang, in Malaysia. Other rail routes operate between Hat Yai in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rail connections also operate between Singapore and Malaysia with popular sleeper and daytime trains running between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The sole official language of Malaysia is Malay however English is widely spoken in large cities.
The domestic currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit MYR or RM. It is known informally as the dollar and divides into 100 sen.
The central emergency number is 999.
The international dialling code for Malaysia is +60.