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Geography, flora and fauna in Malaysia

During your trip to Malaysia you will realise that you have set foot on an absolutely enchanting land. Malaysia is a pearl of Asia.

Geography

The first impression that you will get during your trip to Malaysia is that of an ultra-modern country. As the aircraft touches down on the runway of Kuala Lumpur international airport, be prepared to discover a wonderful country. With an area of a little less than 330,000 square kilometres, Malaysia is almost one and a half times the size of the UK. Located in south-east Asia, the country has common borders with Thailand in the north and with tiny Singapore to the south. Malaysia is a long peninsula which measures 740 kilometres from north to south. The entire western coastline faces the beautiful Andaman Sea, while on the other side the South China Sea caresses its sandy beaches. In addition to the peninsula, one must not forget that the territory of Malaysia also includes the States of Sarawak and Sabah on Borneo. Note that this part of Malaysia has other common borders with Indonesia and Brunei. The highest point of Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu, rises to 4095 metres and is situated in Sabah. At 2187 metres, Mount Tahan is the highest peak of the peninsula.

At the market

Flora and Fauna

In addition to all the typical wildlife of the Asian continent, which can be observed in the national parks or on its fabulous seabeds, Malaysia is also very interesting for its flora. The tropical forests are teeming with species of tropical plants. It is impossible to discover Malaysia without tasting heaps of the fruit that grow there. So take advantage of your trip to go on a diet of strawberries, watermelons, bananas, mangoes, papayas, pineapples and coconuts. If you want to try out more typical and authentic local produce, bite into a chiku, a kundang, a rambai, a bulait, a salak, a durian (well known for its very peculiar cheesy smell), a duku, a jambu, a rambutan, a mangka or a starfruit.

David Debrincat
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Updated 9 October 2015
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