Malaysia is “Truly Asia.” Malaysian culture is a blend of Malay, Chinese and Thai influences that have come together and transformed into something distinctly Malaysian. Their cuisine is one of the most diverse and extensive in all of Southeast Asia because of all the different influences. You will get a taste of something familiar, like Chinese, but realize that it is actually something completely different. This is not just a cultural destination, but also one for explorers and adventurers who love to immerse themselves in nature. As a part of two large islands, there is still quite an expanse of lush forests and dazzling beaches for those who want to get away from the city life, which is also offered through Kuala Lumpur.
Important and Interesting Facts About Malaysia
- THE village of Wang Kelian in Perlis, Malaysia, is the only place in the world where large-scale cave tin-mining was conducted.
- THE largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia, which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747-200.
- TANJUNG Piai in sounthern Johor, Malaysia is the southernmost tip of continental Asia.
- THE Belum rainforest has more Malayan tigers per square kilometer than any other animal sanctuary here in Malaysia.
- SIPADAN Island off Sabah, Malaysia is one of the world’s top diving spots.
- THE Penang Bridge is the third longest in Asia at 13.7 km
- The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still regarded as the world’s tallest ‘twin’ buildings.
- The biggest roundabout in the world is located in Malaysia at Putrajaya. It is 3.5km in diameter.
- You can experience primeval rainforest in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city at the Bukit Nanas Rainforest Reserve. Covering only 10.5ha, Bukit Nanas is among the smallest rainforest patches in the world.
- How big is Taman Negara, the largest National Park in Malaysia? With an area of 4,343 sq km, it is seven times the size of Singapore.
Cool, Fun, and Funny Facts About Malaysia
- SABAH, Malaysia is home to the Rafflesia, the lagest flower in the world.
- KUALA Kangsar district office in Malaysia is the site of the last surviving rubber tree from the original batch H. N. Ridley brought from London’s Kew Gardens in 1877.
- MALAYSIA has 65,877 km of highway. This is more than the Earth’s circumference of 40,075 km.
- THE largest insect egg in Malaysia comes from the 15 cm Malaysian Stick Insect (Heteopteryx dilitata), which lays eggs that measure 1.3 cm, making them larger than a peanut.
- THE Bintagor trees, found only in Sarawak, Malaysia are believed to contain properties that could help fight the virus that causes AIDS.
- THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah, Malaysia. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
- Mani Jegathesan became the first Malaysian to win the Asian Games gold medal in the 1962 Games in Jakarta.
- LOCAL time has been adjusted on several occasions. On Dec 31, 1932, clocks were adanced by 20 minutes to “lengthen” daylight; Sept 1, 1941, sped up another 10 minutes; 1942, fast forwarded two hours to follow Tokyo time; 1945, reverted to the time observed in 1941, and on Jan 1, 1982, pushed forward 30 minutes so that Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula followed Malaysian Standard Time.
- AT 421 metres high, the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia is the fourth tallest in the world and tallest in Southeast Asia.
- PENANG’S St. George Church, built in 1818, is the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia.
- MANY global brands are produced in Malaysia, including Intel Pentium chips and Brooks Brother’s shirts.
- THE longest King Cobra in the world, measuring 5.54 metres, was captured alive in Port Dickson in April 1937 but later grew to 5.71 metres in captivity in London Zoo.
Historical and Cultural Facts About Malaysia
- LEMBAH Bujang in the foothills of Gunung Jerai is believed to be the location of an old Malay Langkasuka empire, holding ruins that may date back 1,500 years.
- CHINESE documents written as far back as the 6th century refer to Kelantan (in Malaysia) as “Ho Lan Tan” and other names like “Tan-Tan” or “Chich Tu”.
- PENANG Free School is the oldest English school in Southeast Asia, founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings in 1816.
- NASI Kandar, a dish unique to Malaysia and brought by the migrating Indian Muslims, is the favorite food of many Malaysians. The best is in Penang and everyone has their favorite dishes. Among the top ranked outlets are the Kampong Melayu Flats in Air Hitam, Line Clear in Penang Road and opposite the market in Jelutung.
- MALAYSIA has 18 ports : Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Kuching, Kudat, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lumut, Miri, Pasir Gudang, George Town, Port Dickson, Port Kelang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tanjung Berhala, Tanjung Kidurong and Tawau.
- CAPTAIN Tristram Speedy, who was acting Bitish Resident for Perak, was responsible for bringing in the first batch of 110 Sikhs to Malaya in 1873.
- THE first railroad in Malaya was between Port Weld (now Kuala Sepetang) and Taiping, built by the British in 1885 and covering a distance of 13.6 km.
- Traditional Malaysian artworks include carved wooden masks, handwoven baskets, and silverworks.
- The national drink of Malaysia is a hot milk tea called Teh tari, and the national dish is called Nasi lemak, it is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
- Some buildings in Malaysia have no 4th floor. They are replaced by ‘3A’ as the sound of four is similar to the sound of death in Chinese (si).
- Durian, the king of fruits draws passionate reactions. Most people either hate it or adore it. ”It smells like hell and tastes like heaven”.