An exotic mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and British cultures have contributed to make Malaysia a richly diverse and fascinating country.
The gateway to the region is usually via Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia's biggest cities. Here, reminders of its Colonial past jostle for attention with state-of-the-art super-structures such as the world-famous Petronas Towers. 'KL', as it is often referred as, is a shopper's paradise with a huge variety of goods available, many of which are duty-free, yet there are plenty of museums, galleries and the Lake Gardens, if you fancy a change of scene. Away from the capital, we feature a resort in Terengganu, on Peninsular Malaysia, where you can take jungle walks and river cruises, discover sleepy villages or snorkel off Tenggol Island, one of Asia's best dive sites. Meanwhile, on the island of Langkawi, known as the 'island of legends', we feature several resorts which are perfect retreats for nature-lovers seeking serenity and tranquillity. The island's countless delights include waterfalls, mountains, rice fields, forests, small villages, sublime beaches, bird sanctuaries and night markets. For a real slice of paradise, the privately owned island of Pangkor Laut - which has been two-million years in the making - is somewhere to thoroughly relax, with secluded bays and pristine beaches to call your own for the duration of your stay.
Ramadan, which is observed for one month each year, is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants. In 2013, Ramadan will be celebrated for one month from 9th July.