Malaysia today is a bustling modern country composed of thirteen states. Its capital city is Kuala Lumpur. Its population numbers around 28 million and is a mix of ethnic origins. Malaysia is a hot tourist spot thanks to its timeless history, its pristine scenery, its modern conveniences and its friendly population.
The largest official religion of Malaysia is Islam. Other religions include Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism, as well as several traditional Chinese religions.
The government of Malaysia is based strongly on the British Parliamentary tradition. The head of state is a king elected to a five year term from among the hereditary Sultans of nine of the Malay states. Malaysia also has a prime minister.
Malaysia has a wealth of sights, sounds, and experiences to offer the modern tourist. Popular activities include diving, golfing, shopping (especially during the Malaysian Mega Sale Carnival which takes place each fall), cave exploration, and sailing.
Favorite destinations include Taman Negara National Park, the KLCC Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur and St. Paul’s Hill, the site of a Portuguese fort and of St. Paul’s church.
Anyone planning a trip to Malaysia would be wise to check out the official tourism site, Tourism Malaysia for a comprehensive list of all the attractions as well as the many festivals that occur year round. Special events for 2010 include the Penang Floral Festival, the Sabah Dragon Boat Race, the Malaysia Contemporary Arts Festival and the Christmas Open House Celebration.
If you’re looking to do something a little different this year, why not come get to know the people of Malaysia today? Whatever your interests, you will find a way to indulge them in this tropical paradise.