Malaysia is an enigmatic country; it is modern yet immersed in traditions and culture, and is proud of its heritage. It has a wide diversity of races and religions but is moving in a determined manner towards an all-inclusive modern society. Apart from the attraction of the exotic culture of this country, it is this enigma that draws western tourists to this country.
The large coastline of Malaysia has many beautiful beaches with soft white sand and are very popular among international tourist. There a number of marine parks where many aquatic species and dazzling corals are in abundance. The Taman Negara is among the oldest rain forests in the world and is incidentally declared a National Park and a World Heritage site. It stretches over more than 2000 acres of land that has taken over a hundred million years for the flora and fauna to have evolved, undisturbed by man or by any natural calamity. The famous Bako National Park is much smaller than Taman Negara but has a large number of attractive features – from beaches, waterfalls, parks, dense forest areas, and everything within its own boundaries.
Inland, the Eastern Malaysia is a mountainous country that features Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. Malaysia is blessed with many limestone hills with labyrinths of caves and one of the extensive limestone cave systems, Mulu Caves, is a popular tourist destination and the other, situated in Kuala Lumpur, is the holy shrine of a Hindu deity, Lord Subramanian which is approached by climbing 272 steps in the hill side. A colossal statue of the deity; recently installed at the foot of the hill, is breathtaking. This is indeed a popular tourist spot and a must-visit for all planning a vacation here.