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With a population of 30,496,000 people, Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is made up of two main regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia is bordered by Thailand in the south and by Singapore to the north. Eastern Malaysia shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia. Malaysia also has many islands and reefs with Labuan being the largest island.

Much of Malaysia is mountainous with the country being divided in half by the Crocker Mountain Range in Sabah. Sabah is also home to the only active volcano in Malaysia, Bombalai Hill as well as the highest point in the country, Mount Kinabalu standing at 4,095 m (13,435 ft). Mount Kinabalu is located in Kinabalu National Park and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich wildlife which includes the world’s largest flower - rafflesia as well as orang-utans.

Other mountain ranges include the Titiwangsa Mountains which begin in Thailand and then head south into Peninsular Malaysia. The highest peaks in the Titiwangsa are Mount Tahan which reaches 2,187 m tall and Gunling Korbu which reaches 2,183 m (7,162 ft). The Bintang Mountains are located in the state of Perak and are part of the Tenasserim Hills. This range begins in southern Thailand in the north and runs to south Perak. The highest peak in this range is Bukit Bokbak at 1,199 m (3,933 ft).

Eastern Malaysia is characterized by coastal regions, hills, valleys and a mountainous interior. Most of the population chooses to live on the coastal plains. East Malaysia used to be covered with trees, however, many forest areas have been cleared due to the increase in the logging industry beginning in the 1960s (over 80% of Sarawek’s forests have been felled).

There are only two natural lakes in Malaysia, while rivers are abundant. The largest rivers in the East are Ranjang River at 760 km (472 mi), and Kinabatangan River at 560 km (348 mi). The longest river on the peninsula is the Pashang River at 435 km (270 mi). Interestingly, the Mulu Caves located in the East are the largest caves in the world.



Malaysia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Malaysia.

Learn about the history and culture of Malaysia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Malaysia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Malaysia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Malaysia tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Malaysia tour, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



Book your Malaysia tour with Goway! 

ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Malaysia tours, vacations and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, a romantic island stay,  a stay of distinction, an independent travel module, and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Malaysia.

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