Malaysia is a South East Asian Country consts of 13 states and 3 federal territories, located in the heart of Southeast Asia, it shares a land border with Thailand and maritime borders with the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam . This country offers a huge diversity in nature and culture, but is also a modern country. Sipadan Islands in Malaysia are also a very popular spot for divers. So let´s start with Malaysia interesting facts and fun facts about Malaysia.
Interesting Facts About Malaysia – General Facts And History
The Capital of this Country is Kuala Lumpur, and means”Muddy Estuary” in the Malay language and it´s the Largest City. Putrajaya is the government seat.
Malaysia´s official religion is the Islam, with around 61% practicing it. Almost 20% practice Buddhism and the rest christanity and hinduism. (source)
They use the “ringgit” as their currency and Bahasa Malaysia as their official language.
Malaysia achieved Independence from the United Kingdom on 31 August 1957. Since this date this country had one of the best economic records in Asia. The GDP is growing annually with 6.5%.
Major exports include refined petrolium and what many people do not know, they export alot of Computers. (source)
Malaysia is the only country that posses land on continental Asia and the Malay Archipelago.
The Bintagor trees, which can be found only in Malaysia Sarawak, are believed to contain properties that could help fight the virus that causes AIDS.
This country is very strict, when it comes to use or possession of drugs. The use or possesion can be punished by death.
Penang Free School is the oldest English school in South East Asia, it was founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings in the year 1816.
Interesting Facts About Malaysia For Travellers – Malaysia Tourism
The oldest Anglican church of South East Asia can be found in Penang, it is the St. George Church.
Malaysia´s Petronas Towers in the capital Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings from the years 1998-2004 with a height of 452m. Now they are ranked as 8th tallest in the World.
ThePenang Bridge in Malaysia is the 3rd longest bridge in Asia, it is 13.7 km long.
Bario in Sarawak’s Kelabit Highlands is the most isolated settlement in all of Malaysia. There are no roads in this remote corner.
Taman Negara is Malaysia´s tropical rainforest and is considered as the oldest rainforest on earth, even older than the amazon rainforest. Its age is estimated to be 130 milion years.
Malaysia has the largest cave chamber on the planet, it´s the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak.
A cool fact: You don´t need to go out of Kuala Lumpur to see a rainforest, you can experience primeval rainforest in the heart of the city at Bukit Nanas Rainforest Reserve. It Covers only around 10.5 hectare, Bukit Nanas is among the smallest rainforest patches on earth.
Fun Facts About Malaysia – Malaysia Funny Facts And Culture
Legoland Malaysia is Asia’s 1st and only LEGOLAND Resort.
Caning is still a common punishment under the Malaysian law. The maximum number of strokes that can be ordered is twenty-four.
The World´s biggest roundabout is located in Malaysia at Putrajaya with 3.5 km in diameter.
5 out of 6 Malaysia’s Olympic medals were for men’s badminton; the other one was for diving.
Due to the fusion of so many ethnic groups (malay, chinese, indigenous and others) Malaysia is also known as the Food paradise of South East Asia.
They drive on the left side like most former british colonies, other countries in South East Asia like Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore drive also left.
The biggest King Cobra was caught in Malaysia, its length was 5.7m.
Malaysia´s flag is also called “stripes of Glory” (jalur Gemilang). The flag consits of 14 stripes, 7 red and 7 white, the crescent reprensts the Islam, the blue canton the Unity of Malaysian people, the 14-point start represents the federal and government.
The largest flower on earth finds its home in Malaysia, its name is Rafflesia is over 1 diameter and apperently the flower does not smell nice.