States

Terengganu

Terengganu Terengganu, which overlooks the South China Sea on the east coast of Malaysia, is another charming holiday destination. Its long coastline is endowed with truly beautiful beaches of white sand washed by clear warm waters. It is small wonder that this east coast paradise is renown for activities such as beachcombing, sea sports, fishing and boat making. Its numerous islands offer ideal gateway

Selangor

Selangor Selangor is centrally located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is one of the most prosperous and developed states in the country. Most tourists will arrive in Selangor at the KL International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang designed as an 'airport within a forest'. Kuala Lumpur was the capital of Selangor until it was made the federal capital in 1974. The state's appeal lies in its wide

Sarawak

Sarawak Sarawak, the land famous for its hornbills, is the largest state in Malaysia. It is located on the south-western corner of Borneo. Sarawak in its entirety is unique. Visitors will be enthralled by its vast rainforests, caves, flora and fauna and diverse ethnic communities. The uniqueness of this state even dates back to hundred years of history. To put it in a nutshell, Sarawak has a multi

Sabah

Sabah Sabah in East Malaysia is a haven for nature lovers. The state is rich with lush rainforests, ready to be explored and waiting to be discovered.Before we go on getting to know the state in the north-eastern tier in the island of Borneo, let us get a glimpse of the general outlook of Sabah. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, serves as a gateway to visitors. &quotKK", as the locals call it,

Penang

Penang From its establishment as the first British trading post in the Far East in 1786, Penang is today a bustling city with a unique blend of the East and West. This is reflected in its heritage buildings as well as in the lifestyles, food and customs of the local people. Georgetown, named after King George III of England, is the seat of the state's administration as well as the centre for commerce,

Perlis

Perlis Perlis Indera Kayangan, the most northerly state on the peninsular's west coast is the smallest that make up the Malaysian federation. Formerly a part of Kedah, it broke away to become a separate principality while still paying homage to Siam. Centuries later the state became part of Malaya after the Second World War. Sharing a common border with Kedah in the south and Thailand in the north,

Perak

Perak Perak takes its name from the silvery colour of the rich tin deposits for which it is renowned. The mineral featured prominently in the history and economy of the state. The growth of its major towns and the rise of numerous wealthy millionaires in bygone years can be attributed to tin. Although tin mining has ceased to be a major industrial activity, visitors can still catch a glimpse of Perak's

Pahang

Pahang With a land mass spread over 35,000 square kilometres, Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. Much of the state is still covered by extensive rainforests. The jungle in Taman Negara, the country's most well known national park is estimated by scientists to be about 130 million years old. The park is home to a myriad of flora and fauna and is high on the itinerary of tourists seeking

Negeri Sembilan

Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan simply means 'Land of nine states'. The name is so-called because it once comprised nine separate districts, each ruled by a Malay Chieftain. Seremban, its capital is easily accesible by road and rail to Kuala Lumpur, about 50 kilometres away. Among the main attractions of the town are the Cultural Handicraft complex, the State Museum, the State Mosque and the Lake Gardens. The

Melaka

Melaka It is traditionally believed that the history of Malaysia began with the founding of Melaka in 1400 by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince. Thereafter, the state flourished under the Melaka Sultanate and eventually became the region's largest emporium, attracting traders from as far as China, India, Arabia and Europe. Melaka came under successive colonial eras when the Portuguese conquered it in 1511

Kelantan

Kelantan Kelantan is located on the northeastern corner of Peninsular Malaysia and shares a common border with Thailand in the north. The state is a veritable treasure trove of delights - rustic fishing villages, palm-fringed beaches, and lush rice fields and traditional pastimes such as kite-flying and top-spinning. The people here have managed to preserve their age-old customs and traditions. Kota Bharu

Kedah

Kedah There are many aspects famously connected to Kedah - from the legendary island of Langkawi to the home state of Malaysia's two prime ministers. However, one title synonymous with this northern territory is the 'Rice Bowl of Malaysia'. If you travel around the state, you'll definitely notice the vast paddJoy fields which dominate Kedah's landscape. The state capital, Alor Setar, though widely

Johor

Johor Johor is on the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia. The name Johor was purportedly taken from the Arabic word, 'Jauhar', which literally means 'Precious Stones'. This is probably related to the early Arab traders who traded spices in Johor. The name has certainly brought prosperity as today the state is among the most developed in Malaysia. Its close proximity to Singapore, especially its