With tropical jungles, palm-fringed beaches, cool mountain retreats and glittering skyscrapers, Malaysia is made up of 13 states split across two separate pieces of land separated by the South China Sea. There’s a vast mix of cultures and nationalities in this Asian nation – and first-world comforts are married with a sense of adventure.
Population: About 30 million
Capital city: Kuala Lumpur
Largest city: Kuala Lumpur
Main languages: Malay is the official language, but English is widely spoken in business. The Chinese population in Malaysia speaks Cantonese, Hokkien or Hakka, while the Indian population speaks Tamil, Hindi or Malayalam. Islam.
Main religion: Other religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Confucianism and Taoism
Political system: Constitutional monarchy
BEST TIME TO GO
Best time to visit depends on your tastes: hot or wet. The hottest months are February and March. There is usually very little rain and blue skies. The wettest months are during the monsoon, which comes and goes May to October. Generally these months can be quite wet with the rest of the year a little less so. The consensus is that November, December and January are the coolest and driest months of the year.