Malaysia has long captivated visitors as an attractive, exciting and friendly destinations for holidays and international events. Nows, this land of alluring tropical islands, golden sandy beaches, charming hill resorts, magnificent rainforests and spectacular diving havens is fast gaining a reputation as the preferred destination for health and medical tourism.
The country comprises Peninsular Malaysia (consisting of eleven states and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya), the state of Sabah and Sarawak on the island and Borneo, and the Federal Territory of Labuan. Located just north of the Equator, its tropical climate makes it conductive for visitors to enjoy its many tourist attractions all year round.
Cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia while the futuristic city of Putrajaya serves as the new administrative centre and seat of goverment. An outstanding feature of the country is its harmonious, multi-racial populations of 23 million where the Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous other ethnic communities, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, have contributed to form its fascinating social fabric.
The unique cultural heritage of Malaysia's plural society is manifested in the colourful diversity of religions, festivals, languages, cuisine and attire, a phenomenon that gives the country its special allure. It is no wonder then that Malaysia offers visitors a veritable experience of the essence of Asia within one destination.
More than 40 airlines fly to its main gateway, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport(KLIA), connecting Malaysia with most of the major cities around the world. The Express Rail Link (ERL), a fast light rail, provides hassle-free travel between the airport and KL Sentral, the city's main transportation hub. Travelling within the city is convenient as travellers can choose from a combination of light rail transit, mono-rail, commuter trains, taxis, stage and express busses.
An extensive network of domestic air services and first-class highways coupled with an excellent public transportation system make it easy to travel around the country. The modern telecommunication system in Malaysia ranks among the best in Asia, offering high-speed connectivity for the efficient conduct of business and contact with the outside world.