Considered to be one of the most rapidly advancing countries in South East Asia, Malaysia consists of two distinct geographical regions separated by the South China Sea, the Malaysian Peninsular and states of Sarawak & Sabah to the north of the island of Borneo.
Malaysia was first colonised by the Portuguese around 1510, the Dutch were to follow in the mid 16 hundreds and finally the British arrived the end of the 18th century. It was the British who introduced many Indian and Chinese immigrants to Malaysia, creating the countries racial mix that exists to this day.
The Malay peninsular experiences a year round tropical climate that can often become really quite hot and the humidity levels can get up to around the 90% mark. The central highlands do however offer an escape from the predominant temperatures and have lead to the Cameron Highlands being dubbed “little corner of England in Asia”.
Malaysia can also boast some of the finest beaches in the region and the islands of Langkawi and Penang have established themselves as two of the country’s leading tourist destinations. However there still remain a whole host of lesser known destinations if you are willing to venture a little further from the beaten track.