Divided into East Malaysia on Borneo Island comprising the states of Sabah and Sarawak, and West or Peninsular Malaysia where her northern neighbour is Thailand while her southern neighbour is Singapore.
GMT + 8 hours
Kuala Lumpur. The other major cities are Johor Baru, Ipoh, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
23 million. Making up primarily of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Indigenous people.
Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism
National Language is Bahasa Melayu and almost everyone you meet speaks English
Ringgit (RM). Divided into 100 sen (cents). Approximately RM3.80 to USD1
Tropical. Generally 28 to 32 Celsius by day. 24 to 26 Celsius by night. Sunny with intermittent showers between February and October. Rainy from November to January on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
None. Minor floodings and landslides occur infrequently in the rural hills of the interior during the rainy seasons.
Valid passport mandatory. Visa is not required for most countries and usually no health check when entering the country. It is recommended that you check with your travel agent or your nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission.