|FACTS OF MALAYSIA
Malaysia is a fascinating nation and a tropical paradise situated 7 degrees north of the Equator in the heart of South-East Asia. It covers a total area of 329,758 sq. km with Peninsular Malaysia on the tip of mainland South-East Asia, and Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. The climate is warm and humid throughout the year. Temperatures are around 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Light, cotton, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year round.
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More than 1.6 million Chinese and more than 770,000 Indian tourists came to Malaysia last year.
China and India are among the top five tourism markets for
Malaysia. The Chinese and Indians are the type of visitors
Malaysia wants — big spenders who boost the Malaysian economy.
Of the 27.4 million visitors to Malaysia in 2014, 20 million were from the Asean member countries.
Malaysia is the top tourist destination in Southeast Asia, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation World Tourism Barometer, and ranked 12th most-visited destination in the world based on 2014 tourist arrival figures.
Among the awards are :
Three of Malaysian finest beaches were listed among the top best beaches in the world by CNN International in 2013.
A recent survey conducted by renowned international news network CNN IN 2013 on the World’s 100 best beaches, three beaches in Malaysia made it to the top 50.
three beaches are :
3- Perhentian Kecil Island, Terengganu
|Magical Sabah and Sarawak :
Malaysian passport ranked ninth best in the world
Malaysians passports have been ranked the ninth best in the world for travellers, as it enables Malaysians to travel to a total of 163 countries without a visa.
Henley & Partners, the global consulting firm in international residence and citizenship planning, has carefully monitored and analyzed visa regulations for many years.
As a result, they publish the yearly Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, a global ranking of countries based on the freedom of travel for their citizens.
In Henley & Partner’s Visa Restrictions Index Global Ranking for July 2013, Malaysia is ranked ninth place with a score of 163, which enables visa-free entry to 163 countries.
Malaysia has increased five ranks since the 2012 assessment where Malaysia was ranked 14th with visa-free travel to 153 countries, 10 less than the current 163.
In comparison, a Singaporean passport allows visa-free travel to 167 countries, putting the country three ranks above Malaysia on the index at sixth place.
Malaysia and Singapore were the only two Southeast Asian countries to make the top 10 in the 2013 index.
“This global ranking reflects the international freedom of travel for the passport holders of various nations, as well as the international relations and status of individual countries relative to others,” said Henley & Partners in a press release.
In today’s globalized world, visa restrictions are an important tool for governments to control the movement of foreign nationals across borders. Visas are a standard requirement for most countries as certain non-nationals wish to enter their territory
The 2013 index shows that the best countries in the world to have a passport from are the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden, who are tied at number one on the index list which enables visa-free entry to 173 countries.
The second rank is jointly held by Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and the USA scoring 172. Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands hold a joint third rank at 171.
The worst passport in the world for travellers to hold is that of Afghanistan, ranked at 93rd place, allowing visa-free entry to just 28 countries. At 92nd place is Iraq at 31 countries, and at 91st place is Pakistan and Somalia at 32 countries each.
Other Southeast Asian countries on the list are Brunei at the 19th spot (visa-free travel to 146 countries), Thailand at 60th (68 countries), Philippines at 69th (58 countries), Indonesia at 73rd (53 countries), Laos at 80th (46 countries), Vietnam at 81st (45 countries), and Myanmar at 86th (40 countries).
According to the index, there are 219 destination countries in total.
Henley & Partners' global ranking is produced in collaboration with IATA. In compiling the index, the unique global ranking methodology by Henley & Partners is applied to data provided by IATA´s Timatic passport and visa information database.
|Malaysia has hundreds of tropical islands
dotting its waters and countless picturesque beaches lining its shores, making
it one of the region’s top destinations for sun, sea and sand holidays.
Blessed with a tropical climate all year round and unparalleled natural beauty both on land and underwater, some of the world’s best islands and beaches can be found in Malaysia.
- Cherating Beach, Pahang
- Redang Island, Terengganu
- Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu
- Pangkor Island, Manjung, Perak
Proud to be Malaysian once again