Introducing Malaysia

September 19, 2012 by Berjaya Times Square

Welcome to Malaysia: a vibrant country in the heart of South East Asia where 28 million people of different cultures, races and ethnicities call home.

Malaysia is a country that encapsulates the best of what tropical Asia has to offer: In the country's city centres, one would find a hustle and bustle of an ambitious nation, exemplified by the Petronas Twin Towers at the centre of Kuala Lumpur.

On the other hand, Malaysia is home to the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, biological hotspots where millions of species of flora and fauna reside. National Parks like Taman Negara, and Endau-Rompin in the Peninsula; Niah and Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak; and Kinabalu Park in Sabah, all play an important

Kuala Lumpur

Formed in the 1870s as a mining town, Kuala Lumpur is the nation's capital and most populous city, where close to two million people live and work. More than just a cosmopolitan city, KL, as it's fondly known, features a juxtaposition of the past and present, where colonial architecture, pre-war shop houses and traditional mosques are built against a backdrop of towering skyscrapers, huge malls, and gleaming office buildings.

KL has something for everyone: If you're a shopper, there are bargains galore to be found; if you're a gastronome, few other places can quite match the tantalising flavours of its street food and restaurants; if you're a party-goer, there's always a place to dance the night away.

Home to the flavours of Asia

If it's one thing that Malaysians know and love, it's our food. Thanks to its rich historical background as a cultural melting pot, the country has developed its distinct and complex flavours.

These dishes can be explored in many places, from fine-dining restaurants to street food hawkers. Dishes like Nasi Lemak, Char Kuey Teow, and Indian Banana Leaf Rice, are only just the start of a foodie's list of must-eats.

Fast Facts
  • Malaysia's capital is called Putrajaya, whilst Kuala Lumpur is its commercial hub
  • English is widely used, alongside the national language called Bahasa Malaysia
  • The official currency is Malaysian Ringgit (RM)