Malaysia is like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea. While peninsula flaunts bustling cities, colonial architecture, misty tea plantations and chill-out islands, Malaysian Borneo hosts wild jungles of orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes, along with some pretty spectacular diving.

If there was one thing that unites all its pockets of ethnicities, religions and landscapes, it’s food. Between the Chinese-Malay ‘Nonya’ fare, Indian curries, Chinese buffets, Malay food stalls and Dayak specialties, with some impressive Western-style food thrown in for good measure, travellers will never go hungry here.

Interesting facts about Malaysia:

  • Way before Malaysia got its name, Greco-Roman geographer Ptolemy named this lovely country Aurea Chersonesus, which means ‘peninsula of gold’.
  • Malaysia’s total highway length is longer than the Earth’s circumference.
  • Malaysia’s Local time has been adjusted EIGHT times!