To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia – a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It’s no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.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.
Kuala Lumpur is a busy city with ordered skyscrapers, six-lane highways, colonial architecture and lots of greenery. Home to the Petronas Twin Towers, it is a shopping paradise with some of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping malls, housing the world’s top brands, and street markets where you can get one-of-a-kind items.
Sure, there is a lot of traffic, but turn a corner and the city bursts to exotic life with mosques and temples side-by-side with street markets and towering high rises. Plus, if you need more reason to love KL there is the food – with thousands of restaurants serving every imaginable type of food to suit every budget.
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) is a transit-oriented development that houses the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Opened on 16 April 2001, despite its name it is actually even less central than the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a colonial-era landmark that now remains open for local commuter trains only. KL Sentral is the largest railway station in Malaysia and indeed the largest in Southeast Asia.
The three major ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. Other indigenous ethnic groups include the Orang Asli, Ibans, Bidayuhs, Melanaus, Orang Ulu, Kadazan Dusuns, Bajaus and many more. Several cultural celebrations are observed and celebrated every year.
Malaysian cuisine is a reflection of its cultural diversity, inspired by the Malay, Chinese, Indian and ethnic indigenous groups, as well as influences from Thai, Indonesian, Portuguese, Dutch and British culinary styles. Some of the most delicious Malaysian dishes you must try include the nasi dagang, bakuteh, satay, fried kuey tiaw, roti canai, nasi kandar and nasi lemak.
Getting into Malaysia
By air, the main entry points into the country will be the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and its new low-cost carrier terminal, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2). The states of Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and Kedah (Langkawi) also have their own international airports.
You can also enter Malaysia by sea and land. The Port Klang Cruise Centre is frequently visited by international cruise lines. There are frequent rail services going in and out of Thailand and Singapore. If you’re driving into Malaysia from Thailand, use the main entry point of Bukit Kayu Hitam in the state of Kedah and take the North-South Expressway to Kuala Lumpur.
LRT – KL Sentral Station
Komuter – KL Sentral Station
Monorail – KL Sentral Station
Level 9, Quill 7, No 9 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur