Malaysia is an intriguing blend of history, art, nature and food in the southeast Asian continent. Separated by the South China Sea, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia are home to an array of landscapes ranging from beaches and rainforests to UNESCO-certified heritage sites and a magnificent skyline starring the famous, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Due to the immensity of beaches and vivid marine life, Malaysia also offers excellent scuba diving spots.
Home to various religious and ethnic minorities, this Islamic nation stands as the 44th most populous country in the world. The amalgamation of diverse inhabitants has led Malaysia to lead a varied lifestyle as well; from food and festivities to art and culture. This tropical country also has equally distributed lavish greenery and dense forests across Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Both of which shelters some of the rarest animals, intense canopies and a vivid collection of colourful flora.
The country has a range of excellent nature attractions such as the exquisite Batu Caves, the 130 million years old Taman Negara rainforest, the Sarawak Chamber, Mulu Caves, Perhentian Islands, Mount Kinabalu and Cameron Highlands. On the urban front, Malaysia offers experiences such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Georgetown Inner City and Bukit Bintang; exclusively for a shopping spree. Besides, the country also hosts a range of temples, national parks and an array of adventure activities.
Lined with vibrant markets and fascinating museums, the land of the renowned Jimmy Choo also has a sophisticated shopping scene from street shopping to extravagant malls such as Berjaya Times Square and Langkawi Parade. Food in Malaysia is an inspiration of neighbouring culinary, with recipes imported and modified from Thailand, China, India and Java. Penang being the Street Food Capital of Asia, Malaysia tops the lists of food-fanatics with its floating street food market and the popular Food Hunt Festival. Malaysia is undoubtedly a wholesome experience in itself.
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The Asian cuisine, the mesmerizing islands and the natural beauty of this place.
You would come across litterings and dirty corners or patches even in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of the cities in Malaysia are also somewhat littered in parts.
The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency of Malaysia which is officially denoted as MYR and RM for prices. 1 MYR consists of 100 Sen. The banknote denominations of the MYR are RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100 and the coins are 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen.
Various well-known international credit and debit cards such as Visa, Maestro, MasterCard and Cirrus are accepted in Malaysia except for lesser-known stores within the country.
Top hotels, eateries and shopping hubs accept credit cards and some of them even accept foreign currency such as USD, Euro and Yen.
Malaysia has ATMs throughout the country in banks, airports and transport areas, however, most ATMs close after midnight.
Visitors can carry traveller cheques, and they can easily be cashed at money exchange centres and banks. However, it can become quite tedious as it cannot be used to immediate payment and involve fee charges for every cheque.