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Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Rafflesia biggest flower in the world

Rafflesia

Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world's largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This goes for the Chinese population in Malaysia too where the day itself is declared a public holiday. For Chinese locals the new year means a new start where they can make new money and attract new businesses. At numerous locations in Malaysia people light fireworks during the celebrations. Chinese New Year is the only day in the year most of the shops are closed for business.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Matta travel fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) is the biggest and most popular travel fair in Malaysia. Malaysians do not yet use the internet as the standard way to book their trips and holidays. Many either go to travel offices or they consult their travel agent when they want to go on a trip. Matta Fair is the place for the best bargains; and it can even be interesting for foreign travelers as there usually are great bargains to destinations outside and within Malaysia.

Geography of Malaysia

Map of Malaysia

Malaysia is located in the southeast of the Asian continent; therefore this region is often referred to as Southeast Asia. There are over 28 million inhabitants in the country (January 2012). Malaysia consists out two parts: Peninsular Malaysia, located between Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south, and the two provinces Sabah and Sarawak, located on Borneo. We also talk about Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo. Peninsular Malaysia is located just above the equator and Borneo just beneath it. The large island Borneo is shared with Indonesia (they call this island Kalimantan) and Brunei. To the north it borders the Philippines (that still has claims on parts of Borneo) via sea. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, a metropolis with over 1.6 million inhabitants in the city center (suburbs like Subang, Petaling Jaya, Ampang Jaya, Alor Setar and Klang are not included).

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Malaysia is one big pristine jungle

River at Taman Negara National Park

More than half of the country's surface exists of jungle. The national park Taman Negara contains one of the world's oldest primary rainforest. Especially along the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula a lot of forests have been cut down, not only just because the largest part of the population lives there, but also to make space for palm oil plantations and rubber trees. The same thing has been going on for years on Borneo; here mainly the province Sabah has to pay for it. Especially in the area along the Kinabatangan River, just a narrow stretch of rainforest remains, the rest is almost completely chopped for palm oil plantations and bio-industry. The fertile Malaysian soil is mainly suitable for oil palms, tea - and cocoa plantations and rubber trees. This makes Malaysia one of the main suppliers of palm oil, tea and rubber worldwide.

 

Earthquakes, volcanoes and flooding in Malaysia

Top of Mount Kinabalu

There are no active volcanoes in Malaysia. Earthquakes are occasionally felt but usually don't take place on Malaysian grounds. Every now and then Malaysia is hit hard by flooding because of heavy downpour due to the monsoon season. During this rainy season flooding is particularly bad in the northeastern parts of Peninsular Malaysia. We have also experienced flooding in the western parts of the peninsula; during a visit to Langkawi Island we couldn't go anywhere because of the heavy flooding (cars were almost swept away). Kuala Lumpur occasionally has to deal with flooding; but after the construction of the huge SMART tunnel (with the option to handle excess water) problems due to flooding were much less. The west coast of the peninsula characterizes itself with a lot of mangrove woods and flat areas; the east coast by the many beaches, the inland consists mainly of mountains and jungle. On the island Borneo in the state of Sabah Malaysia's highest mountain is found; Mount Kinabalu. The top is approximately 4095 meters high. Climbing this mountain is possible, but from own experience we can tell it is not an easy climb. However, views from the top are breathtaking and will give you memories that last a lifetime.

 

Map of Malaysia

Below you can see a map of Malaysia. You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the city map.

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