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Divided by the South China Sea, Malaysia is split into two: the Malaysian Peninsula, which is found to the south of Thailand, and the western side of Borneo, about 640 miles away. Malaysia is a country influenced by culture; the historic eastern trade route was the reason for this, with Egyptês domination of the route ended by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

It is easy to find reminders of Malaysiaês cultural history - perhaps most noticeable on the peninsula - from British colonial buildings in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysiaês capital) to its Chinese and Indian influenced cuisine. The Borneo part of Malaysia is far more remote, and its jungle terrain is the home to dense, impassable fauna. Wherever you are in Malaysia, you are guaranteed breathtaking sights; whether itês the beaches of the Perhentian Islands, the tall futuristic structures of Kuala Lumpur or the orang-utans of the Borneo jungles, there are visual delights for all travellers.

Altogether, Malaysia covers and area of almost 330, 000sq km, and is home to 27.9 million people, made up of the territories Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah. Malaya is the peninsula found south of Thailand. Central mountains dominate the landscape and divide this section of the country. Sarawak and Sabah in Borneo are the home to dense rainforest, villages and tribes.

Travel to Malaysia is possible year round, with a tropical climate yet relatively steady temperatures between 20 and 30C, it rarely gets too hot, however it does get very humid. Rainfall is fairly even throughout the year, with little difference found between the main rainy season and other periods. That said, Sabah and Sarawak receive a higher rainfall throughout the year than Malaya, especially during this rainy season.

Classic Itineraries

A great place to start your trip and to get a feel for Malaysia is in Kuala Lumpur. Here you can experience Malaysiaês space-age like capital city, whilst appreciating some cultural history and influences - from its British colonial buildings and midnight markets, to its wondrously varied cuisine. Travel to the nearby Langkawi Islands in the north-west of Peninsula Malaysia. Island-hop here, chartering a yacht, and take in the secluded beauty of some of Malaysiaês most loved and less well documented islands.

Travel the 640 miles across the South China Sea to Borneo. Here you can explore the jungles of Sabah and Sarawak, checking out wildlife and nature that you canêt find anywhere else in the world. Climb Mount Kinabalu and recover at the therapeutic Poring Hot Springs. Now itês time for some scuba diving, and there are plenty of great diving sites in this area, including the Pulau Islands.

Other Activities

Try out an eco-tourism holiday in Sabah or Sarawak, which will make you appreciate and feel closer to the nature you discover. There are other things to do, such as trekking holidays maybe look to pack a rucksack and conquer Mount Kinabalu? Or if you are looking to get your adrenaline pumping, try out a popular multi-activity holiday. These do what it says on the tin you'll get to raft the Kiulu River, mountain bike and explore the Malaysian jungles, and hike to the Dusun Villages. Malaysia is sure to get your heart racing and your smiles widening!

Activities in Malaysia

Diving Diving is possible all year round in Sabah as it sits below the typhoon belt.

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