interesting facts about Malaysia

15 Marvellous Facts about Malaysia

Want to impress your friends with your knowledge of the world? Why not start with these fun facts about Malaysia!

1. Malaysia is more than one island – it’s a peninsula!

Malaysia is a beautiful country made up of two main islands in south-east Asia.

2. Malaysia has plenty of popular ocean links.

Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) shares a border with Thailand to the north and a coastline along the South China Sea to the east and the Strait of Malacca to the west. Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia) shares a border with Brunei to the north and Indonesia to the south. It also has a coastline along the South China Sea to the north, the Sulu Sea to the north-east and the Celebes Sea to the east.

3. How big is Malaysia?

This stunning country has an area of 127,355 square miles (329,847 square kilometers). Malaysia’s population was 31.95 million in 2019.

Flag of Malaysia

Flag of Malaysia

4. What’s the capital of Malaysia?

The capital city is called Kuala Lumpur; it covers an area of 94 square miles (243 square kilometers) and has a population of 1.808 million (2017).

5. It’s an absolutely gorgeous country.

The terrain here is a mix of coastal plains and mountain regions, with luscious forests and incredible sandy beaches.

6. Malaysia is very easy to find.

To head for sun, sand and spas, type in the coordinates of 3.1333° N, 101.7000° E for your Malaysian expedition!

7. It’s a divers’ haven.

If you have a penchant for scuba diving and marine life, head over to Sipadan Island which is considered to be one of the best diving spots in the world! We want to go!

8. Cave lovers rejoice!

Malaysia is home to the largest cave chamber in the world! Sarawak Chamber is found in Gunung Mulu National Park and measures an incredible 700 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters tall!

9. Monsoons travel around the country.

Residents here enjoy a tropical climate with monsoon seasons from April to October in the south-west and October to February in the north-east.

Fun facts about Malaysia

10. You’re likely to live long and healthily here.

The average life expectancy here is 75.83 culturally enriched years (2017).

11. Pounds for Ringgit!

Should you choose to explore this fascinating country, you’ll need to exchange your money for some Ringgit, the currency of Malaysia.

12. The coastline goes on for thousands of miles.

If like us, you dream of sunning yourself on a gloriously sunny and sandy beach sipping a delicious cocktail then you won’t be disappointed if you visit Malaysia! There is over 4,600 kilometers of stunning coastline to explore so get packing!

Petronas Tower, Malaysia

Petronas Tower, Malaysia

13. Do people speak English in Malaysia?

Malaysian is the official language of Malaysia, although many other languages are spoken including English, Chinese and Thai!

14. Malaysia grows and exports all kinds of things.

They grow cacao and rice and produce rubber and palm oil.

The country’s industry consists of rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, logging, light manufacturing industry and petroleum production and refining.

Malaysia exports petroleum, electronic equipment, liquefied natural gas, palm oil, wood and wood products.

15. It’s easy to call Malaysia.

Want to call your friends or family in Malaysia?  You’ll need to use the international dialling code, +60.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

FAQs about Malaysia

Is Malaysia safe to visit?

Yes, Malaysia is relatively safe for tourists to visit, as violent crime is low, though as always - take care wherever you travel.

What is Malaysia famous for?

Thousands of miles of coastline, enormous caves, Gunung Mulu, the Petronas Towers… where do you start?

What is considered rude in Malaysia?

If you want to avoid coming across as rude in Malaysia, never point your fingers at people - it’s even considered rude to point when giving directions, so use a thumb if you need to!

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