Separated by the South China Sea, Malaysia is split in to two distinct parts: Peninsular Malaysia, the larger of the two land masses sharing borders with Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south and East Malaysia which includes Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. The two areas share largely similar landscapes in that Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia both have coastal areas rising to hills and mountains and both are extensively covered by tropical forest.
The popular holiday islands of Penang and Langkawi are off Malaysia's west coast and are more visited than the quieter, east facing Kuantan coastline. All regions are well served by low cost flights from Kuala Lumpur and other Asia cities.
Size: 329,847 square kilometres
Population: 28.3 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Languages: Malay, English, Chinese
Religion: 62% Muslim, 21% Buddhism, 10% Christianity, 6% Hinduism & 1% Other
Land borders: Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore & Thailand
Climate: Malaysia has a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity throughout the year and faces two monsoon seasons. The southwest monsoon is from April to September and the northeast monsoon from October to March. Click here to contact one of our consultants for more information on when and where to travel.
Money: Malaysian Ringgit. ATMs are available throughout Malaysia and Debit and Credit Cards are widely accepted.
Tipping: Not expected but small tips are always welcome. Most temples have a voluntary collection box for visitors.
Formalities: Visa's are not required for British nationals staying up to 30 days. For stays over 30 days check the Malaysian Embassy website for up-to-date information.
Travel advice: The Foreign and Commonwealth
Office produce up-to-date information on countries around the
world. This which can be checked on www.fco.gov.uk