A TOURISM CENTER WITH ITS UNIQUE NATURAL BEAUTIES: MALAYSIA
An Asia Pacific country where rich culture and natural heritage unite
Located in the Southeast Asia region, Malaysia is a country with a total land area of 329,847 square kilometres and with a population of 32.7 million. The country, which has a significant historical geographic location, mainly due to its location on the old Spice Road, today consists of two mainland parts: East Malaysia and West Malaysia, as well as thousands of islands.
Malaysia is a multicultural country. 61% of its population belong to the country's official religion Islam, 19% to Buddhism, 9% to Christianity, 6% to Hinduism and 2% to other religions (Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese religions ...). Its ethnic group consists of 62% Bumiputera (mainly Malays and indigenous peoples: including Orang Asli, Dayak, Anak Negeri), 20% Chinese, 7% Indians and 10% non-citizens. The country has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging between 25 and 35 degrees throughout the year. Having a global economic structure with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounting to 364.7 billion dollars, Malaysia's main sector items consist of service, industry, agriculture, mining and energy resources. The country is highly developed in the export of electronic products and is also among the world's largest exporters of products such as palm oil, natural rubber, natural gas production, timber, cocoa beans.
Cities of the country such as Kuala Lumpur (the capital), Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching attract attention and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is one of the largest airports in the world. Malaysia's multicultural structure stands out in its social life and rich cuisine. In addition to having an elaborate variety of food through the combination of different cultures, a common culture has been created as well. While being a centre of attraction in tourism, the country has maintained its place as one of the best travel destinations in the region and the world with numerous international awards over the years.
TOP TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN MALAYSIA
1. KUALA LUMPUR
Kuala Lumpur, which literally means "muddy intersection", is located on the west coast of the peninsula in a valley surrounded by hills and is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia. The city, where colourful cultures live together, has sparkling skyscrapers and glamorous shopping malls.
2. BORNEO ISLAND
Borneo, which is the world's largest island, is unique in terms of being one of the few places in the world with the richest fauna and flora under the equator line. It is possible to come across tropical rainforests, long beaches, caves and rivers on the island.
3. REDANG ISLAND
A tourist attraction with its white-sand beaches, turquoise sea and diving spots, Redang Island is small enough for visitors to explore on foot. The entire island is listed as a nature reserve, and there are many alternative trails for hikers on the island.
Melaka (Malacca), which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is only two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Christ Church, Jonker Street, Malaysia's oldest open prayer place Cheng Hoon Teng Temple are important touristic centres in Melaka.
5. CAMERON HIGHLANDS
The Cameron Highlands, at an elevation starting from 1300 meters and rising to 1829 meters, has a lush green landscape, forests, lakes and wildlife. The region, which is one of Malaysia's nature reserves, is the country's largest tea and flower producer.
6. PENANG ISLAND
Penang Island, located in the northeastern part of the country, is a place of historical buildings and temples with its colourful cultural heritage. Murals of Far Eastern culture decorate the city walls.
7. LANGKAWI ISLANDS
Located at the point where the Andaman sea meets the Strait of Melaka, Langkawi is an archipelago group consisting of 99 beaches, rainforest, mangrove and forest-covered mountains.
8. PERHENTIAN ISLANDS
The Perhentian Islands are located in the northeast of Malaysia, which is very close to the Thai border. The islands consist of the main island where coral reefs are abundant, along with many small islands. On both islands, it is possible to see a turquoise sea, white beaches and palm trees.
9. TAMAN NEGARA
Taman Nagara, which means "national park" in the Malay language, is a popular ecotourism and adventure centre. The national park is home to exotic birds, rare plants, and rare animals such as the Malay tiger, the Asian elephant and the Sumatran Rhino.
10. TIOMAN ISLAND
Chosen as the world's most beautiful island by Times Magazine in 1970, Tioman Island is a small island on the eastern coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. It stands out with its unique vegetation, untouched forests, coral reefs and diving areas.
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