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Malaysia

Flag & Coat of Arms

capital

Kuala Lumpur

population

28 334 135

area

329 847 km²

languages

Malaysian

currency

Ringgit

GDP

$491.967 billion

Int'l organizations

IMF, WTO, D-8, UNIDO, ASEAN

Malaysia is a host country of a few renowned trade events. Trade events is Malaysia are known for attracting large number of visitors from different parts of the world. The most important trade centres drawing the greatest number of visitors are located in Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur convention Centre (KLCC) is the largest and the most technologically advanced convention facility in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur convention centre is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur central business district. The KLCC hosts several international, regional and local conventions, tradeshows, public exhibitions, entertainment and private functions. One of the most important international trade shows in Malaysia are: Intrade Malaysia, LIMA, Automechanika and PC Expo.

Almost two millions foreign tourists travel to Malaysia every year. Most of them are citizens from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia but a growing number of other foreign tourists are discovering this country as well. Malaysia has many tourist attractions waiting to be explored. Multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’.

Malaysia is served by an excellent transport system.  Naturally the main transportation hub is from its capital, Kuala Lumpur. Getting to Malaysia is easy with over 40 airlines, including Malaysia’s own carrier, Malaysia Airlines. All flights arrive and depart at the new state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Buses are an inexpensive way to travel in Malaysia. Most, if not all buses in Kuala Lumpur are air-conditioned but there are still non-air-conditioned buses in smaller towns around the country. Long-distance trains in Malaysia can rarely match road transport in terms of speed, but state operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad provides relatively inexpensive and generally reliable services around Peninsular Malaysia (but not Sabah/Sarawak in Borneo). The main western line connects Butterworth (near Penang), Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, while the eastern line runs through Gua Musang and the Taman Negara National Park to Kota Bharu, near the Thai border and the Perhentian Islands.

Budget hotels and youth hostels are available in most cities and around most tourist destinations. As with most budget accommodations, some are more reliable than others. Mid range hotels are available just about anywhere. Five-star hotels, service apartments and resorts are located in larger cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Also, almost all islands have upscale resorts and spas for the wealthy traveler. Malaysia is renowned for having among the cheapest five-star hotels in the world.

After the sun goes down, the main cities in Malaysia take on a different shade of brilliance. Fashionable restaurants, cozy cafes and the ever-popular 24-hour bars draw in the crowds with promises of a good night out. Many urban areas, especially around Kuala Lumpur, have venues open until dawn to cater to city folks who prefer jumping into the thick of action at night. From neighborhood pubs to vibrant clubs headlined by international deejays, nightlife in Malaysia is not to be missed. In Kuala Lumpur, the partying is centered along Changkat Bukit Bintang, with other social hubs being Asian Heritage Row and Jalan P. Ramlee. A popular night-time activity for Malaysians is eating, with hawkers open until the wee hours of the morning.

Malaysia is Asia's best kept secret in language barriers and religion harmony. Due to a shrewd initiative, the Malaysian educational system is dual and tri-lingual with English taught as second and Mandarin as third language. Malay is official language but locals speak English, Mandarin, a few Chinese dialects, Indian and indigenous languages as well.

 

Trade shows in Malaysia:

 

ASEAN Tourism Forum

DSA

International Beauty Expo

Intrade Malaysia

LIMA

Mega Expo Home & Electrical Exhibition

PC Expo

Additional Info

  • flag file: my.png
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  • capital: Kuala Lumpur
  • population: 28 334 135
  • area: 329 847 km²
  • languages: Malaysian
  • currency: Ringgit
  • GDP: $491.967 billion
  • Int'l organizations: IMF, WTO, D-8, UNIDO, ASEAN

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