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[Kuala Lumpur]

Malaysia, the southernmost country in continental Asia, presents an interesting fusion. Mid-way between the two largest contries in Asia (India and China), Malaysia lies at the juncture of their cultures and the Western colonial empires that were built upon them. Malaysia's population is a multicultural society, with a profusion of faiths that coexist peacefully. Malaysia is also a mix of a developing and modern country. The second richest nation in South-East Asia (after Singapore), it has a well developped infrastructure, and is one of the most stable and safest in the region. Yet the prices are not as high as in developped countries, and the street is still quintessential Asia.

In the fall of 2010, I travelled by bus for a week down the West coast of the Malay Peninsula, entering the Malaysia from Thailand and exiting in Singapore. I explored the two historical cities of George Town, Penang, and Malacca, as well as the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Themes: Malaysia and Singapore World Heritage Sites, Melaka and George Town Historic Cities of The Straits of Malacca