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Get Familiar With the Map of Malaysia for Tropical Rainforest and Island Adventure


Getting a grip with the map of Malaysia takes a bit of effort. First there are two main parts to the country: East and West Malaysia.

East Malaysia is also called Borneo Malaysia and comprises the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

West Malaysia is referred to as Peninsula Malaysia and comprise the capital Kuala Lumpur and the states of Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Johor, Perak, Pahang, Kedah, Malacca,s Penang, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu.

The South China Sea separates the country and the Straits of Malacca lies between Sumatra (Indonesia) and Peninsula Malaysia.

There are six different maps of Malaysia to give you a sense of the scale and distances of a nation split by seas:

Map of Malaysia: Location in Southeast Asia

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Malaysia lies just north of the equator and the small island state of Singapore. The long tail of southern Thailand borders the north end with the large island of Sumatra to the west. Across the South China Sea, the large island of Borneo comprises Malaysia, Indonesia and the oil-rich state of Brunei.

Map of Malaysia: Peninsula (West Malaysia)

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Most tourists arrive in Kuala Lumpur or enter via Singapore from the south or the Thai border from the north.

Map of Malaysia: Borneo (East Malaysia)

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East Malaysia covers the northern half of Borneo Island, with the Philippines hovering over the northeast tip. Some flights do allow for a stopover in Borneo on the way to Kuala Lumpur.

Map of Malaysia: Peninsula Parks


Peninsula Malaysia sparkles as a nature haven for tropical beaches, rainforest excursions and other outdoor activities. A few of the Great Escapes include Langkawi Island, Taman Negara, Tioman Island, Endau Rompin Nationl Park and Perhentian Island.

Map of Malaysia: Borneo Parks


Borneo exudes all the exoticness of a tropical rainforest getaway. From the map you can see that it takes more effort to reach this massive island, but the rewards are worth it.

Check out the Borneo Escapes for adventure to see orangutans, Asian pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys or climb Mt. Kinabalu, explore huge caverns and rock formations at Niah Park and Mulu Park, or watch spectacular marine life at Sipadan and sea turtles at Turtle Islands.

Map of Malaysia: Islands

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Malaysia beaches are not to be missed. The majority lie on the east and west coasts of Peninsula Malaysia. From Kuala Lumpur the easiest beaches to reach are Pulau Pangkor by car, Langkawi Island by flight or spend a long weekend to enjoy Tioman Island, Perhentian Island and some of the other tropical isles.

In Borneo, dive one of the best sites in the world at Sipadan Island.

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