Malaysia Country Guide



Peninsular Malaysia

West Coast
The West Coast is the more developed side of Peninsular Malaysia and include the states of Selangor, Melaka (Malacca), Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Perlis and Kedah. It also includes the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia's capital) and the country's federal administrative capital of Putrajaya. The West Coast is more densely popular compared to other regions in Malaysia and where the majority of Peninsular Malaysia's Chinese population live.

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East Coast
The East Coast includes the states of
Kelantan,  Terengganu and Pahang. The people in the states are traditional and Muslims conservative compared to other regions in Malaysia. The islands off the coast of Terengganu and Pahang are glittering tropical jewels.

Comprising just one state i.e. the southernmost state of Johor, which faces the Melaka Straits in the west and the South China Sea in the east. The state features endless palm oil plantations and the largest city is Johor Bahru, the land gateway to Singapore.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur in Peninsular Malaysia

East Malaysia

East Malaysia is located about 800 km to the east from Peninsular Malaysia. The region occupies the northern third of the island of Borneo, shared with Indonesia and tiny Brunei. Much of East Malaysia is covered in impenetrable jungle and rich in natural resources.

Sarawak is Malaysia's largest state and nearly as large as Peninsular Malaysia. The interior is covered in thick jungles, home to several national parks, Malaysia's longest river (Rejang River) and traditional longhouses.

Once known as North Borneo, Sabah is Malaysia's easternmost state. Attractions include mountains (namely Mount Kinabalu), nature reserves and sanctuaries, wetlands, islands and beaches.

Miri, Sarawak

East Malaysian town of Miri

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