Malaysia is a country divided into two major regions. The first is located on the Asian mainland sharing it’s northern border with Thailand. The second major region is roughly 400 miles (650km) to the east sharing the large island of Borneo along with Brunei and Indonesia. The country is officially a Muslim nation but also has a large population of Buddhists followed by several other religions. Malaysia is a stable and peaceful country and an excellent destination in Southeast Asia. Its large cities, nightlife, rainforests, and tropical beaches attract tourists from all around the world.
Malaysia’s capital has grown from a small village to one of the largest most modern cities on earth in less than two centuries. At one point the Petronas Towers where the highest buildings in the world at 1,482 feet (450km). The national zoo, huge shopping districts and the all night entertainment means you can never have too much time in Kuala Lumpur. The city is religiously diverse and is filled with equally impressive mosques, Buddhist and Hindu temples.
An island among the straights of Malacca, a visit to Penang will show you a little bit of everything from Malaysia. Tall buildings, religious temples, and tropical beaches are all found in Penang. Among the religious structures, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in the country. A 3.5 mile hike to the top of Penang hill will give you an amazing view of the entire island. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also great here in Penang.