Malaysian culture is very similar to that of other South-East Asian countries. The people are warm, welcoming and tolerant. It is very easy to learn about different cultures and customs here. Students can experience and reconnect with nature while going on adventurous trips. Malaysian food is affordable for students. So those who can’t cook can also survive on street food. It has a fun and diverse nightlife.
Malaysian culture is truly a good mix of both the east and the west. It is a melting pot of traditions and cultures. The country has a mix of ethnicities along with an intermixing of languages and food customs. Malaysians are family oriented, traditional and very accepting of global trends. The predominant flavours in food here are coconut, jaggery, spices, meat and tamarind. Pork is the least used meat due to cultural inhibitions. Malaysians have large, noisy, colourful and boisterous festivals. The most famous of the festivals is the mooncake festival and the Chinese new year. It has a long tradition of folk dances, kinds of music, ballads. Traditional Malay music and Chinese folk songs are played interspersed with newage genres like hip hop, jazz amongst others. The region boasts of a wide variety of handicrafts, the origins and traditions of some dating back as far as the 12th century.
Malaysia is one country that has managed to retain its ecological beauty on the way to becoming one of the fastest developing countries in the world. It is also a country through which one could go on a gastronomical adventure. The shopping experience is rivaled only by the best in Europe. Some of the best places to visit in Malaysia are:
- Petronas Twin Tower in Kulala Lumpur - The tallest building in the world, Petrona towers houses convention centres, office complexes, shopping malls, a 50-acre park, water fountains. It is also joined at the top by a Skybridge
- Melaka- the historic city - One of the greatest trading ports in South East Asia. It is well known for its native Nyonya cuisine, historic buildings. It is a true testament to the Malay heritage
- Redang Island - This is one of the few pristine islands left in this part of the world. The marine life is exotic and untouched, it offers jungle trekking, marine parks amongst other attractions
- Sky Bridge - A cable car ride on Langkawi islands, which takes visitors to the top of Mount Mat Cincang. It is a cable car ride with stunning views of Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls amongst others
- Penang or Flagstaff Hill - This mountain top station is one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia. The weather here is cool and colder than the rest of the mainland. With panoramic views, this is a visual delight
- Kinabalu National Park - This is southeast Asia’s highest peak. The sights around it are unrivalled and superlative. The park has one of the largest collections of flora and fauna
- Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan - This rehabilitation center helps Orangutans survive in the wild in this only region that is their home. The visitors are only allowed to observe them from a distance