Malaysia contains some of the oldest rainforests in the world, plus dozens of pristine islands scattered across the Andaman and South China seas. Several popular orangutan reserves in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo have helped instigate an ecotourism boom. Malaysia’s multicultural capital, Kuala Lumpur, has managed to avoid the fume-laden chaos of Bangkok. A lively confluence of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures fuels this eclectic city, which offers superb pan-Asian cuisine. An hour north of Kuala Lumpur by air, Langkawi is an archipelago of around 100 islands scattered in the Andaman Sea. The name, though, usually refers to the main island, which has some 65,000 residents.
To phone hotels in Malaysia, dial 011 (international access) + 60 (Malaysia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
12 hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.)
Ringgit (MYR). Fluctuating rate valued at MYR4.17 = US$1.00 as of November 2019.
Kuala Lumpur, Tel. (60) 3-2168-5000.