Malaysia is an unusual country. Lying just north of the equator in Southeast Asia, and it's broken into two parts separated by the South China Sea. It's a country of energetic cities, stunning beaches, beautiful islands, national parks with amazing wildlife, and spicy, delicious food.
Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur (KL), on the western portion, is a city of glimmering towers, majestic shops, and local markets, (the wet markets are very popular). Super-malls offer bargains, and there's a multitude of nightlife activity from swanky rooftop bars to others hidden behind secret doors. KL comes alive after sunset with street vendors presenting tantalising cuisine and hawker stalls along with many alleyways. Changkat Bukit Bintang is a famous street with its variety of restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs and a range of music from bands to DJs delivering everything from electro-remixed to hip-hop and even a bit of rock and roll.
Move out of Kuala Lumpur and within Peninsular Malaysia, as the western section is referred too, where there are terraced tea fields, palm plantations, more beaches, islands, and a slower, relaxing pace.
East Malaysia is an elongated strip of land approximately 1,125 km long, around 275 km wide, with a coastline stretching for more than 2,250 km. Rain-forested national parks protect an array of flora - considered among one of the richest in the world - families of orangutans, rhinoceroses, sun bears, and unique proboscis monkeys, all endangered, live here. There are hiking and biking trails and even more islands and paradise retreats. Good food is a fact in Malaysia. The cuisine is influenced by Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavours. For the sweet tooth, try a Malaysian pancake, every place does its own take on this recipe, or order blue rice, part of a favourite Kelantanese dish, while Mee goreng mamak, an Indian dish of noodles and beef, chicken or shrimp can be divine. Malaysia is one of those countries you may well return to again and again.