Melting Pot of Cultures in the Jungle

“Mr. Darwin says so truly that a visit to the tropics is like a visit to a new planet. This new wonder-world, so enchanting, tantalising, intoxicating, makes me despair, for I cannot make you see what I am seeing!”
— Isabella Bird

The first thing that strikes you right after you get accustomed to the enveloping heat and humidity is how beautiful the landscape is with its long uninterrupted vistas of palm trees. The country is blessed like most tropical countries with year long rain that allows for such dense natural vegetation to adorn the hinterland.

However Malaysia is more than a tropical retreat. It is a major commercial hub in Southeast Asia, one of the global pioneers of Islamic Banking and a huge supplier to raw materials. Thanks to good urban planning most cities in Malaysia can boast of excellent infrastructure and allow their inhabitants to live a lifestyle enviable by most others in the region.

It would be unfair to judge Malaysia only on its cities and natural beauty. Malaysia has a very distinct and diverse culture incorporating Malay, Chinese, Indian, and many other cultures. It is a place where people from different parts of the world have come to call home as they share in its journey of success.