Multi-ethnic: Malaysia is a truly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society where the three main Malaysian races of Malays, Chinese and Indians mix collectively.
Language: English is widely spoken although the official language is Bahasa Malaysia.
Currency: The unit of currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Weather: Malaysia’s climate is tropical, with year round sunshine.
Nature: at its best the natural surroundings are beautiful and diverse, with plenty of un-spoilt countryside and rainforest, pristine beaches, tropical islands, cool hill stations and mountain retreats. Malaysia is also a very popular location for sailing and watersports, and is home to some of the best diving locations in the world.
Shopping: The main cities in Malaysia are a shopper’s paradise. It has rare treasures of the country, branded designer goods from fashion centres of the world and intricate local handicrafts. The things that are uniquely Malaysia are handicrafts of local origin. They range from intricate silver, brass and pewter items to pottery and rattan. The bold designs and dazzling colours of Malaysia batik set it apart from others within the region.
Cuisine: Malaysian cuisine is world- renowned for its tantalizing variety and excellence. Malay, Chinese and Indian food is available everywhere, and food from all over the world can be found in restaurants and hotels in the urban centres.
Attire & Behavior: although there is no strict dress code in Malaysia and people generally dress quite informally, it is advisable to avoid being too scantily clad in public. Jeans or shorts and T-shirts are generally acceptable for public wear. Physical signs of affection in public are frowned upon and on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, men and women keep a safe distance from each other in public.
Pahang is the largest state of West Malaysia and is mostly covered with dense jungle and has a mountainous interior. The physical geography of the state is formed by highlands, lush rainforests and coastal areas, attracting tourists with plenty of hill resorts and seaside retreats. Located north of Pahang is Malaysia’s largest national park, Taman Negara. This large primary rainforest is home to many rare and endangered animal species, such as the tapir, kancil, tigers and leopards. Among the oldest rainforest in the world, the rainforest in Taman Negara is estimated to be 130 million years old and covers almost two-third of the state. Two famous lakes in Pahang are Tasik Bera and Tasik Cini. Tasik Bera is a rich freshwater peat environment and home to various flora and fauna, where the Semelai aborigines reside. Tasik Cini is famed for its lotus blooms and is known as home to a mythical dragon believed to reside in the lake. Some believe that a lost city is sunk beneath the mystical waters of Tasik Cini. The largely mountainous state flattens out towards the coastline, where the state capital Kuantan is located. A traditional fishing industry still exists along the coast. Keropok dried fish cakes are a welcome favourite among locals and traditional industry includes the mass processing of dried fish and seafood as well as the famed keropok lekor. Pahang has a rich history, with it being occupied by various powers in the past, including Siam, the Sultanate of Malacca, the Portugese, the Dutch, Johor, Aceh and the British. For decades, Pahang’s main industry centred on tropical timber production, fishery products, mining and tourism.