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Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia divided into two distinct areas. Peninsular Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia, is part of the Asian mainland and is home to the majority of the region’s population and industries. East Malaysia borders Brunei and Indonesia and is known for its tropical jungles and great scuba diving. Malaysia boasts big, modern cities such as Kuala Lumpur, and hosts a strong tech industry, but in many ways it is still a developing nation. As a visitor, that means you can enjoy many modern conveniences, while snagging Malaysia hotels at a low cost.
Sitting close to the equator gives Malaysia balmy weather year-round. This makes Malaysian beaches a great retreat. When you visit, don’t forget your umbrella, though. Monsoon season runs October through February for the northeast and April to October for the southwest. Expect nearly daily rain, though the wet weather usually lasts less than an hour.
Most of the action is on Peninsular Malaysia, where you can find fascinating cities to play in, especially Kuala Lumpur. This multi-cultural capital city is home to the impressive twin Petronas Towers and more shopping malls than you can ever hope to visit. After the busyness of bustling Kuala Lumpur, slow things down in the town of Ipoh, where you can enjoy its elegant, colonial-era buildings. George Town is another city with a lot of character and some of the best cuisine in the country.
If your chest holds the heart of an intrepid explorer, look into Malaysia car rentals and head to Sabah to climb Mount Kinabalu. The locals in Malaysia are friendly and Malaysia resorts are famously inexpensive. Browse through our selection here at Expedia.com.au to score cheap deals on Malaysia flights, lodging, and more.