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MALAYSIAAsias Wonderland

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying most of the Malay Peninsula and the Northern Part of the island of Borneo covering a total landmass of 330,803 square kilometres (127,720sqmi). It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, which plays a large role in politics. About half the population is ethnically Malay, with large minorities of Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indians, and indigenous peoples. It is known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.Despite it having the best natural resources,paradise beaches and jungles, it still lags behind Thailand and Singapore in tourism - perhaps due to the lethargic Malay attitude and only enabling Malays to hold senior government portfolios with Islamic rules which hinders modern tourism development. But believe me friends it is really the best tourist destination in Asia.If you want a really unique tour you have to make your own itinery of so many remote hill stations, islands, jungle and seaside resorts and not to blindly accept the tour operator's hotspots package tour.Basic Facts

Area: 329,847 sq km Population: 30,513,848 (July 2015 est.)Median age: 27.9 yearsCapital: Kuala LumpurEthnic Groups: Malay 50.1%, Chinese 22.6%, Indigenous 11.8%, Indian 6.7%, Non-Citizens 8.2% (2010 est.)

Prepared and compiled by TONY CHACKO (tonychacko2000@gmail.com)

Selangor is a state on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, encircling the capital Kuala Lumpur. Here we see the prime Kota Darul Ehsan Arch the entrance way from Selagor to capital city Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas Towers (known as the Petronas Twin Towers), are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur within the state of Selangor in Malaysia. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. Visit the Skybridge on the 41st floor and the Viewing Deck on the 86th Floor for a magnificent view of the city's skyline. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby K.L. Towers.

Aquaria KLCC is a state-of-the-art aquarium showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures over a sprawling multi-level space in the Concourse Level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Fish Farm Thai Restaurant at Hulu Langat, Ampang near Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpurs airport was built around an entire section of rain forest transplanted from the jungle. So surprise yourself with a nature hike -a walk through the terminal. Here is the Airport Jungle Boardwalk, a recreational walk path located at the centre core of the KLIA satellite terminal.

The Sunway Lagoon is a theme park in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Operated by Sunway Group, the park opened its door on 1992.

Putrajaya, is a planned city and the federal administrative capital centre of Malaysia. Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the territory is entirely enclaved within the Sepang District of the state of Selangor.

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysias Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo. referred to as KK, its a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. It's known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and waterfront.

Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 438 square kilometres tract of relatively undisturbed lowland dipterocarp (various tree species) forest in Sabah.

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa at Sabah State in Malaysia.

Magellan Suthera Harbour Resprt, Kota Kinabalu,Sabah

The spell binding Rocky Berhala Island, Sandakan of Sabah State ideal for boating and rock climbing.

These are not Polynesian island resorts, but sea huts of Sipadan Island in Sabah State, one of the worlds top diving spots.

Sea Gypsies near the Tun Sakaran Marine Park at Semporna of the coast of Sabah. They are of the Bajau Laut tribe and sea-faring nomads who live on houses on stilts a little away from shores in the sea.

Rainforest trekking in Sabah.

Giluk Falls at Maliau Conservation Forest of Sabah. Also known as the Lost World of Sabah and is one of the best places for jungle trekking and relaxation.

Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is a bustling, diverse city of old colonial buildings and modern towers. Along its Sarawak River waterfront are food vendors, shophouses selling handicrafts and an esplanade with views of 19th century landmarks.

Here is the Sarawak Legislative Assembly Building at Kuching, Sarawak.

Bako National Park is the perfect introduction to Sarawaks forests and wildlife.It covers 27 sq km. of northern tip of Muara Tebas peninsula containing a wide range of vegetation swamp forest, scrub-like padang vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, delicate sea cliff vegetation (seen here) and more.

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak (granite pinnacles in the rain forest).

Wow a beautiful forest and lakeside view of Gunung Mulu Forest of Sarawak.

Spectacular sunset at Kuching.

Orang-Utan at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Sarawak.

Miri is a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak State, Malaysia, located near the border of Brunei, on the island of Borneo.

There is a festival highlight in October / November, when they conduct the Kuching Regatta rowboat competitions.

Clearwater Cave at the Gunu Mulu Natl Park in Sarawak is believed to be the largest interconnected cave system in the world by volume. It is a fascinating cave to stroll around. Plank walks, paths and small floating bridges make this an easy and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Sarawak Cultural Village: The Iban longhouses of ethnic Iban tribe form a majority of Sarawaks tribal composition they live in wooden longhouses built on stilts.

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves / cave temples in Gombak, Selangor. It is named after Sungai Batu (river), which flows past the hill and is the tenth limestone hill from Ampang. It is also the name of a nearby village. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

Mesmerizing Chiling Waterfall near Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor State.

Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve with its beautiful blue water river and lake, Puchong in Selangor State.

Genting Highlands is a cool hill station just 45 minutes away from KL City, it offers indoor and outdoor theme parks as seen here, an 18-hole golf course, a casino, and Malaysias biggest strawberry farm, all of which are set amidst a majestic 100 million-year-old rainforest.

The srawling hilly tea estates of Cameron Highlands, Pahang in Malaysia. A special Estate to visit is the Boh Plantation.

Cherating with its beautiful sweeping beaches bordered by coconut palm trees.

Taman Negara is a vast national park encompassing the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Trengannu of Malayasia. It encompasses a sprawling tropical rainforest that's said to be 130 million years old. Kuala Tahan, the main entry point, is a base for the nearby canopy walkway, river trips and treks through the jungle to the top of Mt.Tahan. The park is home to tigers, macaques and birdlife, as well as the enormous flowers of the rafflesia plant.

Kuala Tahan the entry point village for entering Taman Negara National Park.

Floating restaurants on Tembeling River in Taman Negara National Park.

Beautiful jungle waterfalls of Taman Negara Jungles in Pahang.

A waterfall at Rompin Endau National Park, Pahang.

Tioman Island is an island in Rompin District, Pahang, Malaysia. It is some 20 kilometres long and 12 kilometres wide and is suited for scuba diving.

Tioman Resort ideal for scuba diving in Pahang State.

Even a medium resort looks great in the rocky Tioman Island facing clear blue sea waters. Here is the Panuba Inn Resort.

The Mardi Agrotech Park of flowers, fruits and vegetables at Cameron Highlands is worth a visit. The most popular one is the Kea Farm.

The Gunung Mulung Mossy Forest near Cameron Highlands, Pahang.

Perak is a state in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia with Ipoh as its capital known for its British colonial landmarks. Here is a past colonial structure Kellies Castle.

Pulau Pangkor (an Island with resorts in Perak) has a land area of 18 sq. km. and has a population of approximately 25000. Here is a resort of sea chalets.

Banjrang Hotsprings Retreat, Perak

The Taiping Park in Taiping in the state of Perak

This is not USA or Scotland - these are fantastic tree lined road avenues of Taiping in Malaysia.

Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.

The Westin Langkawi Resort

Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

Some real paradise jungle resort park of Langkawi.

Beautiful Sunset at Langkawi.

Wow - see this panoramic Lexis-Hibiscus-Port-Dickson-Hotel in the state of Negeri Sembilan.

Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It comprises of Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town (pictured here), is located, and Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula. George Town is a colorful, multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. Once an important Straits of Malacca trading hub, the city is known for its British colon