I have thought for while to go visit the neighboring country Malaysia, finally got time to go there and had an amazing blissful trip.
As diverse as its culture, Malaysia has 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya).
The country is on the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia, the nation also includes Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo to the east.
The first impression I had about this country is its greenness, clean street, and well-organized infrastructure. Of course, the food is fantastic as well (ate a lot).
On the way from the airport to Putrajaya, my friends told us that most of Malaysia is covered by forest, with a mountain range running the length of the peninsula (no wonder I saw so many trees).
Here are some more information about this beautiful and cultural country:
The ancestors of the people who now inhabit the Malaysian peninsula first migrated to the area between 2500 and 1500 B.C. Those living in the coastal regions had early contact with the Chinese and Indians; seafaring traders from India brought with them Hinduism, which was blended with the local animist beliefs. As Muslims conquered India, they spread the religion of Islam to Malaysia. In the 15th century, Islam acquired a firm hold on the region when the Hindu ruler of the powerful city-state of Malacca, Parameswara Dewa Shah, converted to Islam.
British and Dutch interest in the region grew in the 1800s, with the British East India Company’s establishment of a trading settlement on the island of Singapore. Trade soared, with Singapore’s population growing from only 5,000 in 1820 to nearly 100,000 in just 50 years. In the 1880s, Britain formally established protectorates in Malaysia. At about the same time, rubber trees were introduced from Brazil. With the mass production of automobiles, rubber became a valuable export, and laborers were brought in from India to work the rubber plantations.
Following the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during World War II, a growing nationalist movement prompted the British to establish the semiautonomous Federation of Malaya in 1948. But Communist guerrillas took to the jungles to begin a war of national liberation against the British, who declared a state of emergency to quell the insurgency, which lasted until 1960.
The independent state of Malaysia came into existence on Sept. 16, 1963, as a federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah (North Borneo), and Sarawak. In 1965, Singapore withdrew from the federation to become a separate nation. Since 1966, the 11 states of former Malaya have been known as West Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak as East Malaysia .. Learn more
To shorten the story, I put together a video about my trip for you to watch (see below).
It was a very good and blissful holiday, got a chance to learn and experience a different culture, ate much yummy local food, visited those historical places, museum and prayed at different mosques.
If you are thinking of where to go for your vacation, I highly recommended you go Malaysia, there are lots of awesome places to visit, it is the perfect place for a holiday.