Malaysia consists of 13 states and 3 federal territories. Kuala Lumpur is the official capital and largest city of Malaysia, while Putrajaya is the federal administrative capital. Malaysia is the 43rd most populated country and the 66th largest country by total land area in the world, with a population of about 28 million and a land mass of 329,845 square kilometers (127,354 sq mi), respectively. It is roughly similar in size to Norway. Malaysia is recognized as an industrialized country. In 2008, GDP per capita (PPP) of Malaysia stands at US$ 14,215; ranking at 48th in the world and 2nd in Southeast Asia (after Singapore).
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I was born in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in the University Hospital that borders Petaling Jaya, a suburban town that I sometimes consider home. Kuala Lumpur is a typical Asian metropolitan town that, over the years, has engulfed its surrounding suburbs and, in recent years, has created more. Since most of the suburbs are located in the state of Selangor, the lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur reflects that of New York City where Jersey natives commute into the larger town for work. Kuala Lumpur, much like any metropolitan town, is open 24 hours a day and is an attraction to tourists wanting a great nightlife, to experience a mixture of cultures and to explore the mishmash of decades of haphazard growth.
Being in Kuala Lumpur gives me a mixture of emotions as I see rapid changes and I end up missing most of the things that I used to enjoy, such as the open air Petaling Street market, China town and walking through a mixture of architecture from the British colonial rule to modern Islam-influenced skyscrapers that create the majestic skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Since then, the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower have jutted past my memories of the Maybank Building and Tabung Haji, dwarfing them in comparison. However, a few things in Kuala Lumpur haven’t changed and will always remain comfortably in my heart.
One of those things that remain close to my heart (and the heart of many tourists) is the wide variety of food available at any time of the day. Being colonized by many nations and having influences from all over Asia, all types of cuisine is available in Malaysia; from commercial fast foods to traditional Indian curry houses. My personal preference include really traditional Malaysian food, such as nasi lemak that is still wrapped in banana leaf for breakfast and ikan bakar sprinkled with hot chili padi, from small villages on the coast and inland Malaysia. However, there are many other foods that are considered truly Malaysian that have influences from China, Thailand, India and even as far as Turkey and Arabic countries!
Malaysia itself is a small country in Southeast Asia that is separated by the South China Sea into Peninsular Malaysia and Eastern Malaysia (which shares the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei). Peninsular Malaysia borders Thailand on the northern end and shares many of the beautiful white sandy photogenic beaches. The country has around 28 million people in population and although most are Asian in race, there is a cornucopia of Asian cultures that make Malaysia a unique country. The majority of Malaysians are Malays, but there are also a large population of Chinese and Indians who have migrated into the area through trade throughout the history of the Malayan Archipelago. Although Malaysian is the official language, English is widely spoken and is the main form of communication between our many cultures.
Malaysia predominantly has a sandy coast that is speckled with mighty rocks that usually divide individual beaches. Being surrounded by Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines, Malaysia is safe from tsunamis, typhoons and most other natural disasters. Therefore, the water is calm and relaxing, but not really meant for surfing, but great for diving!
By far, my favorite island in Malaysia is Pangkor Island. The island is off the coast of Perak, the largest state in Malaysia, and across from the town of Lumut. The most reliable way to get to Lumut is by bus from the main station in Kuala Lumpur and it is a cheap and short ferry ride to get to the main port on this island. Although it is a small island, it has a few small towns and an infrastructure for a nice relaxing week-long vacation. There are many things to do in Pangkor, from diving to jungle trekking. On the west side of the island, there are many choices of cheap hotels and huts to stay in and you can rent motorbikes or bicycles to explore Pangkor. On the southern end of the island, there is a Dutch colonial fort that portrays the history of this wonderful island and Malaysia!
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The cheapest flight from Vienna is still with Egypt Air . There are flights to go to Vienna, but going by bus is much faster and more practical. Another smart option is to take an Air Asia flight from London. To connect to London from Zagreb, there is a Easy Jet flight from the Zagreb Pleso!