Top 5 Most Popular Tourist Destination in Asia Pacific
Malaysia Colonial History
The first European colonial powers to establish themselves on the Malay Peninsula were the Portuguese. Malacca was captured by the Portuguese in 1511, followed by the Dutch in 1641. Malaya was under British occupation and hegemony during Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. It was only during the 1942 Japanese invasion in World War II that ended the British domination in Malaysia.
Malaysia’s Islamic roots can be traced back to the arrival of Arab traders. It was not until the 14th century that Islam had firmly established in the country. The adoption of Islam in the 14th century saw the rise of Sultanate of Malacca and the Sultanate of Brunei.
Do visit the National Mosque of Malaysia, Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur and Wilayah Mosque.
Malaysia is blessed with a diverse colorful culture. Every year there are many various cultural festivals and activities. Malaysia consistently attracts more than 25 million international visitors. And it is the top 5 most popular tourist destination in Asia Pacific. Some highly recommended places of interest
The city center of Malaysia, south of Kuala Lumpur. Known for its 20th-century architecture
Capital of Terengganu, famous for the turtles and beaches
A mountain village in Pahang known for its highland rainforest and extensive birdlife
Recommended Destinations – George Town, the capital city of Penang, is located on Penang island. George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see many pre world war 2 shop houses and colonial buildings. If you are a foodie lover, try their famous Penang Laksa or Char Koay Teow, most popular local cuisine.
Malacca or Melaka – a historical city in Malaysia. This is the other cultural World Heritage Site. The city centre has a rich historical and cultural background from previously Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Malacca was simply a Malay fishing village but has a strong favor of Peranakan culture. Take a city tour of Jonker Walk Night Market in Malacca. You will find many local amazing foods uniquely only in Malacca.
Recommended Destinations – Ipoh, capital of Perak, famous for excellent restaurants and famous local Chinese dishes. We recommend Ipoh Dim Sum. Ipoh is known to serve up some of the country’s best Dim Sum. Choose a combination of a guided food tour and city day tour for the best experiences possible. These tours take you for reals taste of local specialties
Explore the diverse Malaysian culture. More than 50% of the 32 million population are ethnic Malays. Other minority groups include Chinese, Indians and various indigenous peoples that contribute to the cultural diversity
Not to be missed in Klang Valley is the Tallest Twin Towers in the World. At 452 meters tall this the most iconic sights in the world
There are 4 UNESCO Heritage sites. Gunung Mulu National Park, Kinabalu Park, historic state of Melaka, George Town Penang and Lenggong Valley a archaeological heritage site
The diversity of Malaysia’s population has brought together many different traditional cuisines and distinct tastes from all over Asia. Get to know Peranakan, or Baba-Nyonyan, Indonesian and Balinese culinary food style
Modern-day pirates are known to patrol along the straits of Malacca. As the main shipping channel along the Malay Peninsular, it is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world
Best time to visit Malaysia is during Ramadan. A feasting during the Ramadan evening night market with Malay Muslim delicacies. And celebrate Hari Raya Puasa occasion following a month of fasting
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