Photos of Malaysia
full country name Federation of Malaysia
capital Kuala Lumpur
population 22.6 million (as of 2001)
surface area 329800 sq km
currency Malaysian ringgit (RM)
exchange rate US$ 1 = RM 3.8 (as of November 2002)
language Malay
main religion 52% Muslim
Internet users 15% (as of 2000)
Trust: A Backpacker's Life
Backpacking. This magic word that stands for new experiences, making friends in foreign places, marveling at the wonders of the world, and getting closer to understanding the horrors of this ... (more)
In the Jungles of Malaysian Borneo
The Malaysian part of the island of Borneo is my first experience of being in the jungle. We spent 4 days around the Skrang and Arab rivers (east of Kuching), 7 days around Bario (east of ... (more)
Malaysian Borneo's Nature: Still There - Accessible, Effort Involved!
From the southwest of Sarawak to the northeast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo's two states offer excellent opportunities for wildlife watching and other nature experiences. Even though logging ... (more)
Our route through Malaysia
Our route...
Girl wearing traditional dress at Sarawak Regatta in Kuching
Girl wearing traditional dress at Mooncake Festival in Kuching
Girls (left / right) wearing traditional dress at Sarawak Regatta and Mooncake Festival in Kuching / © gM
Common area in Iban longhouse
Common area in Iban longhouse / © gM
Orangutan family near Kinabatangan river
Orangutan family near Kinabatangan river / © gM
Petronas Twin Towers at full moon in Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Twin Towers at full moon in Kuala Lumpur / © gM
September 4th, 2002, we traveled from Singapore to Kuching in Malaysian Borneo, via Johor Bahru. We explored the states of Sarawak and Sabah in Malaysian Borneo for six weeks.

In Sarawak, we watched wildlife including proboscis monkeys, water monitors, and vipers at Bako National Park, visited Iban and Kelabit longhouses, went frog-hunting at night, and got acquainted with leeches in the jungle near Bario.

In Sabah, we snorkeled at islands off Kota Kinabalu, climbed steep Mt. Kinabalu, visited the wildlife-rich Kinabatangan river area where we had close encounters with orangutans, fish otters, bearded pigs, and crocodiles, and finally marvelled at schools of barracuda, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, leopard sharks, and much more at the divers' paradise of Pulau Sipadan.

October 14th, 2002, we flew from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on Peninsular Malaysia. The Islamic Arts Museum, the National Art Gallery, and the Petronas Twin Towers are all worth a visit. After a few days, we continued on to Pulau Perhentian off the east coast for a week and a half of scuba diving and snorkeling. At the end of the season, we enjoyed far less crowded beaches and accommodation, but had only mediocre visibility when scuba diving. Nevertheless, the dive sites and snorkeling were excellent. November 3rd, 2002, we crossed the border into Thailand for the first time.