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Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation

  • Located partly on a peninsula of the Southeast Asian mainland and on the Northern section of the island of Borneo.
  • East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia. Peninsular Malaysia consists of plains on both the East and West coasts, separated from each other by a mountain range known as the Barisan Titiwangsa which runs from North to South. While Malays make up a 54% majority, there are also 25% Chinese (especially visible in the cities), 7.5% Indian and a miscellaneous grouping of 13.5% “others”.
  • The official language of Malaysia is Malay, which is very similar to Indonesian. English is compulsory in all schools and widely spoken in the larger cities, although in rural areas a little Malay will come in handy.
  • Malay food is characterized by heavy use of spices; most Malay dishes are curries, stews or dips. Also common is Chinese and Indian cuisine.


  • Britain ruled over, what was then called Malaya, until the Japanese invaded in 1942
  • W.W.II ended in 1945 and Britain resumed control again
  • Independence was achieved for the Malayan peninsula in 1957 under the name of the Federation of Malaya
  • In 1961 the term “Malaysia” came into effect when Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak joined Malaya in a federal union


    Twin Towers at Kuala Lumpur

    • Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia.
    • Malaya gained independence from the United Kingdoms on 31st August 1957.
    • The main religion in Malaysia is Islam, followed by Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism.
    • Malaysia is divided into two main regions, West Malaysia (Peninsular) and East Malaysia (Borneo Island).
    • Clearwater Cave of Malaysia is the longest cave in Southeast Asia, stretching over 100 km.
    • Malaysia boasts of being home to the oldest rainforests in the world. They are full of trees, as much as 100 m in height.
    • There are more than 60 sub-ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak.
    • Only 0.85% people in Malaysia use broadband internet services.
    • Malaysia produces only 15 feature films, but 300 to 400 television dramas and series every year.
    • The largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, is found in Sabah.
    • The longest King Cobra in the world, measuring 5.54m, was captured alive in Port Dickson, in April 1937.

Avg. Costs

  • Luxury hotels and air fares are affordable, with 5-star hotels costing less than 400 MYR/night.
  • Customers usually pay 2.50-5.00 MYR per hour for Internet services in the cybercafé
  • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park – Entrance fee about 30 MYR


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  • While the crime rate is higher than in neighbouring Singapore, Malaysia is still a safe country. Crimes towards tourists rarely happen and most crime reports are either from newspaper or FOF (friends of friends).
  • Credit card fraud is a growing problem. Use it only in reputable shops.
  • Emergency Number 999


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  • The north-east monsoon (October to February) deluges Borneo and the east coast in rain and often causes flooding. The milder south-west monsoon (April to October) reverses the pattern. The southern parts of peninsular Malaysia, including perennially soggy Kuala Lumpur, are exposed to both.
  • Temperatures generally range from 32°C at noon to about 26°C at midnight. But like most Southeast Asian countries, and night temperatures can hit a low of about 23°C on rainy days.
  • Temperatures tend to be cooler in the highlands, with temperatures ranging from about 17°C at night to about 25°C in the day. Mount Kinabalu is known to have temperatures falling below 10°C.
  • The exception is the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, which receives heavy rain from November to mid-February. During these months many east-coast resorts close and boat services dwindle or stop altogether.

Places to See

Old Colourful Buildings and Houses

Scuba Diving

  • The most popular spots are the islands off the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia (Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and many more), although the dive season is limited to April to September.
  • However, the most famous dive site — often ranked among the best in the world — is Sipadan in at the easternmost tip of Malaysian Borneo, and there are many other less well known sites like Layang Layang.




Langkawi Island

  • Langkawi’s main island boasts a number of excellent sandy beaches, which fringe the coastline of the main island.
  • The most popular beach is Pantai Cenang, while many of the island’s resort hotels also enjoy sweeping stretches of their own beach.
  • The Langkawi International Book Village is home to a collection of traditional houses as well as an array of historic books.
  • A number of activities and watersports can also be arranged by the resort hotels.

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Petronas Towers

  • The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.

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Cameron Highlands

  • To the north, its boundary touches that of Kelantan; to the west, it shares part of its border with Perak.

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Pedas Hot Springs

  • Bathe in the restorative waters of the Pedas Hot Springs, 30km (18 miles) south of Seremban. Visitors will find bathing enclosures, dining and recreational facilities.


Tasik Perdana Lake Gardens

  • The Lake Gardens are one of the capital’s top attractions.
  • Highlights of this calm green space include the KL Bird Park, with dozens of exotic species, and lush gardens devoted to orchids, hibiscus and butterflies.
  • In the centre is the National Monument, marking the defeat of Communist forces in 1950.

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Communication Etiquette:
• Malaysians will use the handshake amongst westerns
– Women may not shake with men
– They will shake with women though
– Handshake is light and may be prolonged
– Indians will shake hands with members of the same sex
• Rely on non-verbal communication
– Will hint at the point rather than making a direct statement
– Silence is an important element of communication

Business Etiquette:
• Business cards are exchanged after the initial introductions
– Never write on someone’s card while hey are present
– Show their card respect
• They are very culture savvy and are very internationally exposed
• Initial greetings will be formal and must show respect
– Foreign women must wait for a Malaysian man to extend his hand
– Chinese may bow their head and place their hand on their heart
• Don’t show anger in public
– It will make them uncomfortable
– Greater chance of creating a good outcome if you are calm
• Meetings most senior person should enter first
– Customary for leaders to sit opposite from each other around the table
– Will be period of small talk
– Will build a rapport for a relationship before getting into details
– Meetings may be conducted over a meal

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  • Markham says...

    An interesting place to see is Genting Highlands, which is like a city on top of a mountain. There is an amusement park up there along with a few casinos. Its a nice vacation spot to go to!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28th 2012 at 12:10 pm

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