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Country Info: Malaysia

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  • Official name:
    Federation of Malaysia
  • Population:
    28.8 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital:
    Kuala Lumpur
  • Area:
    329,847 sq km (127,355 sq miles)
  • Major language:
    Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam
  • Major religion:
    Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism
  • Life expectancy:
    73 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:
    Ringgit
  • Main exports:
    Electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, chemicals, palm oil, wood and wood products, rubber, textiles
  • GNI per capita:
    US $8,420 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain:
    .my
  • International dialling code:
    +60


TOP CUISINES

Rice, noodles and bread have always been the staple food in Malaysian households. Western food has become a favourite in the last 15-20 years. Below are some of the most famous Malaysian dishes:

1. Nasi Lemak
2. Satay
3. Char Kuey Teow
4. Hainanese Chicken Rice
5. Banana Leaf Rice

TOP PLACES

Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur are the world’s tallest twin buildings, and held the title of the world's tallest building until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. It features a skybridge that holds the title of the highest two-story bridge in the world.

Malacca

A historical city that was accorded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008. Famous landmarks include Fort A Famosa, St. Paul's Church, and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.

Langkawi Island, Kedah

A duty-free island with beautiful beaches in northern Malaysia and a must-see for tourists.

Gurney Drive, Penang

A popular seafood promenade and one of the busiest streets in Penang, famous for its food stalls.

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