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An Introduction to Malaysia...

EAT! - Roti Canai:

The Malaysian alternative for a midnight kebab on the way home from a night out, this flatbread comes with a variety of mouth watering dips and is designed for eating by hand. Pick yourself up one from a roadside stall for as little as RM0.90.

DRINK! - Teh Tarik:

This hot sweet tea is named after the 'pulling' motion (tarik) used to pour it. Often served with a dose of condensed milk for good measure, it's the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

WEAR! - Cover up:

With over 60% practising Muslims in Malaysia, it's respectful to cover up here.

BEWARE! - The Price of Alcohol:

As an Islamic country, beer is sold only at licensed stores for the country's visitors. As a result, a beer here will set you back a whopping RM7.50, or even more from a 7/11!

Split into two parts, Malaysia consists of Peninsular Malaysia, which is the land lodged in-between Thailand and Singapore, and the northern part of the island of Borneo, called Borneo Malaysia. The country is rich not only in economic terms but in cultural diversity and dramatic, varied landscape. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is based on peninsular Malaysia, just a short hop from southern Thailand.

Did you know? Standing at 452 metres high, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur were officially the World's tallest building, until the Burj Dubai doubled their height!

Often the first thing to be noticed by tight backpackers are the inflated prices here, compared to nearby Thailand and Cambodia, but hopefully, this won't deter you, as the country is a wonderful change from Buddhist Southeast Asia. It's worth a visit even just for the food options! Aim to be in this multicultural society for Chinese New Year (read more about the Festival here) and you're in for a real treat, with extensive celebrations and colourful parades.

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