Where Is Malaysia Located? Malaysia Map

Where is Malaysia located? Map of Malaysia

Where Is Malaysia Located? Malaysia Map

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country consisting of Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia (major part of the Malay Peninsula) and East Malaysia (North Borneo). The long-form name Federation of Malaysia, sometimes used to refer to the Malay state, is not official for the Malaysian authorities. Malaysia is located about 200 km north of the equator. Its capital is Kuala Lumpur and its area is 329,750 km2.

The Federation of Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia, it is composed of two distinct regions, one islander on the island of Borneo and the other on the Malacca Peninsula.

Peninsular Malaysia (south of Thailand) is divided from north to south by a long mountain range with a peak of 2 189 m (Mount Tahan) and large areas of forest.

The west coast is marshy and flat, the east coast is, on the contrary, composed of long sandy beaches. The crops and plantations are first located along the coastal plains.

Malaysia is a federation of thirteen states (negeri) and three federal districts (wilayah persekutuan). The states are the eleven of the Malay Peninsula (including nine sultanates): Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor, and the two states of Sarawak and Sabah on the island of Borneo.

Map of Malaysia

Because of its geographical location close to the equator, Malaysia has an equatorial climate of hyper-humid type, characterized by a constantly high temperature (between 26 and 27 ° C on average), a low annual thermal amplitude (of the order from 1 to 2 ° C) and high humidity throughout the year. Rainfall is very high with an annual average of up to 2,500 mm. It is very rarely more than 32 °, the temperature always oscillating between 26 and 28 °. In mountainous areas, such as the Mount Kinabalu region, the temperature is often lower and cooler.

Where To Go In Malaysia

Malaysia is not the first tourist destination in South East Asia and yet this country has a lot to offer its visitors. On the west coast you will visit the big modern cities, on the east coast you will enjoy wild beaches and small traditional villages, in the center of the country you can enjoy the wild nature and the virgin forest, and on the island of Borneo enjoy the atmosphere, beaches and nature parks.

On the west coast, Kuala Lumpur awaits you. Discover the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest seconds, stroll through the ultra-modern city but also enjoy small markets. In Malacca, visit the colonial city. The north-west coast is less urbanized, enjoy the beaches and discover the Cameron Higlands. Take a boat trip on the islands to enjoy the beaches, including Langkawi, Penang or Pangkor. In the center of the country, go discover the Taman Negara park: trek in the jungle, walk along the Tembeling river, visit the caves ….

On the east coast, from north to south discover the cities of Khota Bahru, the modern city of Kuala Terrengganu, Rantau Abang and its turtle beach, Cherating, Pekan and its sultan’s palace, the fishing village of Mersing and the very living Johor Bahru. From Pekan, go to Lake Chini and meet the Orang Asli. Further south discover the park Endau Rompin where you can see elephants, rhinos …. In Sarawak (on the island of Borneo), visit the capital Kuching and go to the idyllic beaches of Bako National Park. From Sibu, go up the Batang Rejang River.

Do not miss the Similajau National Parks on the coast and Gunuung Mulu (UNESCO World Heritage Site). In Sabah, go trekking on Mount Kinabalu, visit the islands of Tunku Abdul National Park, discover the tropical forest in the Danum Valley, go diving among the corals of the Tun Sakarau Maritime Park.

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