Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of 'diversity'. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs.
Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.
*Further information on the country can also be obtained from the Malaysian government's official portal, www.malaysia.gov.my.
Enjoying direct air links from almost every major city from all corners of the globe, Kuala Lumpur is a splendid gateway to Malaysia's fascinating destinations. Just as the ancient Malay empire of the past, Kuala Lumpur's commercial centre is a grand meeting place for merchants and travelers from all around the world.
Kuala Lumpur city is enriched with the past and present history, as characterized by the sight of the evocative British colonial buildings in the midst of the city's bustling streets and its mesmerizing modern office towers. One of Southeast Asia's most remarkable and enthusiastic capitals, the city has grown over the course of the last century from a sleepy tin mining colony to a glittering global cosmopolitan.
The Malaysian metropolis has weathered the turn-of-the-millennium Asian economic crises and continues to develop, optimism symbolized by the iconic thrust of the ultra-tall PETRONAS Twin Towers.
Home to some of Southeast Asia's biggest and most prestigious shopping malls, Kuala Lumpur is a popular shopping destination for both locals and international visitors and also a city full of wonderful sights, lively neighborhoods, magnificent architecture and rich culture.
To find out more information about cuisine & dining, nightlife & entertainment, shopping and others, you can visit the official website portal at www.visitkl.gov.my.
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