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Overview to Malaysia: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Malaysia is one of Asia’s most fascinating and culturally diverse countries. Its Chinese and Indian influences, and no fewer than 200 indigenous tribal groups, make it a chief stop for anyone backpacking in Asia.
Most visitors to the country start at the capital, Kuala Lumpur (known as ‘KL’ more often than not). A bright and high-tech city, it boasts an impressive Colonial District, a buzzing Chinatown and a bustling night market.
Following the metropolitan mayhem of KL, the rest of Malaysia is predominantly rural and pleasingly slow-paced. North of the capital, the Cameron Highlands is a hilly and fertile area of land with hours of trekking through absolutely stunning scenery.
Further to the north, the large island of Penang provides more of the same, along with some shimmering beaches. It’s also home to the enchanting city of Georgetown, whose attractive architecture and happy-go-lucky vibe is a particular highlight of Malaysia.
South of KL, the cities of Melaka (famous for its Majong playing) and Johor Bahru (which links via a bridge to Singapore) are both worth a visit. Again, the nearby rural parkland of Endau Rompin National Park provides a pleasant contrast to the busy towns.
One of Malaysia’s chief assets is its offshore islands. Tioman is considered by many to be the most beautiful island in the world, while Langkawi isn’t far behind. With such a number of places on offer, Malaysia’s growing reputation as a backpacking destination is assured.