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7 Facts About Malaysia
Dynamic CITYS has become the world trademark of Malaysia, which iIs going forward with the strength it derives from rain forests and colonial architecture. As the natives say, welcome to “Malaysia, Truly Asia”!
You can start the day in Malaysia with the local breakfast, aka ‘nasi lemak’. What you will find is a colorful plate of fried rice cooked in coconut milk with dried anchovies, boiled eggs, cucumber slices, roasted peanuts and spicy prawn paste.
Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur are the symbol of Malaysia and a source of national pride. Among the highest towers in the world, these 88-story structures rise to a height of exactly 452 meters together with the antennas on top of them. You can view the city from the Sky Bridge that connects the towers at the 41st floor.
With a seventy percent Muslim population, Malaysia stands out for its magnificent mosques. Besides a close to twenty percent Buddhist population, religions like Hinduism, Taoism and Christianity also account for around eight percent. It is not unusual to be asked what religion you are in Malaysia.
It’s a good idea to keep the rainy season in mind when traveling to Malaysia, where daytime temperatures hover around 30 C and higher. Boat connections with most of the islands off the mainland are canceled during the monsoon season from November to the end of February.
If you happen to stop into a large market in Malaysia, you’ll see that coconut milk and soy milk have replaced cow’s milk. More than that, Malaysia also boasts chips made from peas and prawns and even fruit juice obtained from the bamboo tree.
You can visit Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown for a closer acquaintance with the diverse aspects of Malaysian culture. With its multitude of shops and sidewalk stalls, this quarter is always buzzing. And the night market where Chinese goods are sold is a big hit with tourists. Petaling Street meanwhile is famous for its authentic Chinese restaurants.
To see the traditional way of life of the tribes that have lived for centuries deep in the rain forest, visit Sarawak Culture Village, where you can also take in the local dance shows at a venue consisting of traditional village houses built around a lake. For information: sss.scv.com.my
The famous French explorer Jacques Cousteau said of Sipadan Island, which he discovered in 1989: “Now we have again found an untouched piece of art.” The island, which appeals to everyone from professional divers to amateur snorkelers today, boasts a rich underwater world.
One of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches is tucked away in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. Made up of the islands of Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Sulug off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the park is world renowned for water sports.
The road to Melaka 150 kilometers south of the capital is one of the few places where you can see typical Malay houses rising on stilts. Another must-see on the vast, palm-covered plains of the Malay countryside is the former elephant bath known as Alor Gajah.
BIRD’S NEST ANYONE?
The nests of the mountain swallow have had a special place in Far Eastern cuisine for more than a thousand years. Consumed in a soup made with ginseng and mushroom, they are believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac. One of the world’s priciest gourmet delicacies, bird’s nests are found in Malaysia along with other exotic offerings like.