A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.
One of Malaysia`s key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down onto wooden houses built on stilts. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands, that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
Attend one of Malaysia`s annual festivals, magnificent spectacles bursting with colour. Puja Umur (the Sultan`s birthday) is celebrated with a week-long festival, beginning with a parade in Kota Bharu. The Annual Sabah International Dragon Boat Festival is also popular.
Admire Kuala Lumpur`s architectural gems including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, in Independence Square, which blends Victorian and Moorish architectural styles; Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which resembles a Moorish palace and the striking National and Friday Mosques.