Like Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Hong Kong, and Trinidad,
peninsular Malaysia is a civilized, democratic, former British colony.
The Malaysian flag bears a resemblance to the American flag. The design of the
Malaysian flag is a symbolic
nod to the shared values and rise to independence of both countries.
Wikipedia's facts and
figures on Malaysia.
The CIA's facts
and figures on Malaysia.
A pictorial history and
cultural overview of Malaysia
Vacationing in Malaysia is as inexpensive as Thailand, and it has better
infrastructure, and cleaner drinking water, and was relatively
undamaged by the tsunami compared to neighboring countries.
Malaysia also has the oldest rainforest in the world, and other forest
reserves that likely harbor some significant undiscovered species, including
some bipedal apes.
Malaysia has some extraordinary National Parks, like the one pictured
above: Taman Negara
Listen to the streaming
sounds of the world's oldest rainforest.
The state of Johor also has several amazing National Parks. If you love
of the "Jungle Boat Cruise" at Disneyland, then you can experience
real thing in Johor. It's a real jungle, with real wild animals, not
Endau-Rompin is only one of the Johor parks, but it is one of the most
important, historical Orang Dalam (Malaysian Bigfoot) sighting areas.
Like Hawaii, Malaysia has an impressive assortment of outdoor
adventure liveries, but a family can live lavishly in Malaysia for
a month for what it would cost to live modestly in Hawaii for one week.
For vacationing families with small children, Malaysia is ideal. There's
a thousand safe, G-rated things to do and see, and it's all relatively
inexpensive. English-speaking baby-sitters and guides can be hired
for $100 per week.
Here's an excellent web site about exploring
sporty Malaysian dudes
Another excellent web site about vacationing
more Malaysian dudes
Malaysia is a paradise for
birders, and for people seeking secluded
See and hear (turn on your speakers), the official
gov web site about visiting Malaysia.