Tourism in Malaysia
Life in Malaysia
Malaysia is a country in South-East Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. West Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, is connected by a causeway and a bridge (Malaysia-Singapore Second Link) to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia.
In an effort to diversify the economy and make Malaysia’s economy less dependent on exports, the government pushed to increase tourism in Malaysia. As a result tourism has become Malaysia’s third largest source of foreign exchange income. and accounted for 7% of Malaysia's economy as of 2005.
The government agency in charge of promoting tourism in Malaysia is Tourism Malaysia or the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB). On 20 May 1987, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism (MOCAT) was established and TDC moved to this new ministry. TDC existed from 1972 to 1992, when it became the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB), through the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Act, 1992.
In 1999, Malaysia launched a worldwide marketing campaign called "Malaysia, Truly Asia" which was largely successful and brought in over 7.4 million tourists. The extra revenue generated by tourism helped the country’s economy during the economic crisis of 2008. 
Tourist arrivals in 2014
In 2014, Malaysia recorded 27,437,315 tourist arrivals; a growth of 6.7% compared to 2013. Total tourist receipts increased by 7.99%, generating MYR 65.44 billion. United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) listed Malaysia as the 10th most visited country in 2012.
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Destinations and attractions
- Gurney Drive – a popular seafront promenade, filled with condominiums and hotels. It is one of the busiest streets in Penang.
- Ipoh – capital of Perak, famous for its Chinese food, tin mines and limestone mountains and caves.
- Alor Star – capital of Kedah, the state of the Paddy fields.
- Johor Bahru – capital of Johor, and gateway to Singapore.
- Kangar – capital of Perlis, and gateway to Thailand.
- Kota Kinabalu – capital of Sabah.
- Kota Bharu – capital of Kelantan.
- Kuala Terengganu – capital of Terengganu, famous for the turtles and beaches.
- Kuantan – capital of Pahang, noted for its many beaches.
- Kuching – capital of Sarawak, the Cat City of Malaysia.
- Malacca City – a historical city in Malaysia. This is the other cultural World Heritage Site in Malaysia.
- Miri – the resort city of Sarawak is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mulu caves and numerous national parks like Niah caves, Lambir Hills National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park. Noted for its prstine coral reefs and ecotourism attractions too.
- Seremban – the capital of Negeri Sembilan, and the nearest cities to Port Dickson.
- Putrajaya – the administrative centre of Malaysia, known for its lavish buildings, bridges and man-made lakes.
- Petaling Jaya – a satellite city located in the state of Selangor, and is in the proximity of Kuala Lumpur. It has the most commercial complexes in Malaysia.
Beside the main cities, there other town and places in Malaysia offer some special tourist attraction. Such as in Taiping, Perak for their landscape and local attraction. Teluk Intan for their Leaning tower. Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands and Bukit Tinggi in Pahang for a cool climate. Muar in Johor is famous for its food. Miri is the official tourism-city and resort city of Sarawak and Sibu in Sarawak is famous for its landscape and parks.
Islands and beaches
Malaysia has several tropical islands, some of which have been voted the most beautiful in the world. Some of the islands in Malaysia are:
- Penang Island, the western half of Penang, which is heavily industrialised
- Redang Island
- Tenggol Island
- Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
- Perhentian Islands
- Kapas Island
- Lang Tengah Island
- Rantau Abang Beach
- Tioman Island
National parks and nature reserves
- Kubah National Park, (Sarawak)
- Bako National Park, Sarawak – famed for its wildlife, especially Bornean bearded pigs and proboscis monkeys
- Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak
- Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak
- Gunung Gading National Park, Sarawak
- Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak
- Niah Caves National Park, Sarawak
- Loagan Bunut National Park, Sarawak
- Kinabalu National Park, Sabah – home of 4100 metre peak Mount Kinabalu.
- Taman Negara National Park – the self-proclaimed World's Oldest Rainforest, spanning Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu
- Endau Rompin National Park, Johor
Other places of interest
- A' Famosa Resort, Malacca
- Aquaria KLCC, at KLCC tower, KL
- Batu Caves, KL
- Berjaya Hills Resort. French-themed village
- Berjaya Times Square KL, KL
- Bukit Bintangwalk, KL
- Cruise Tasik Putrajaya (CTP) Lake cruises, boat rides, Putrajaya
- Cameron Highlands
- Central Market, KL
- Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu
- Dong Zen Temple
- Eye on Malaysia, Malacca
- Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), KL
- Fraser's Hill
- Genting Highlands
- Iskandar waterfall Kota Tinggiwaterfalls
- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
- Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, KL
- Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, KL
- Kuala Lumpur Hop-On Hop-Off, Double-decker city tour bus, KL
- Kuala Lumpur Look out point, KL
- Kuala Lumpur Tower, Menara Kuala Lumpur, KL
- Malaysian Handicraft Craft Complex, KL
- Masjid Negara
- Merdeka Square
- Mines Resort City, KL
- Monorail train at KL
- Muzium Negara, KL
- The National Monument Tugu Negara, KL
- Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), KL
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple
- Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, KL
- Sunway Lagoon, KL
- Thean Hou Temple, KL
- Underwater world, Langkawi
- National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara), KL
- Munan, Heidi. Malaysia. New York: Benchmark Books, 2002. pp. 28.
- "M'sia is ninth most visited in the world in UNWTO list". The Star. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
- Munan, Heidi. Malaysia. New York: Benchmark Books, 2002. pp. 29.
- Warshaw, Steven, and A. J. Tudisco. Southeast Asia Emerges; a Concise History of Southeast Asia from Its Origin to the Present. [Berkeley, Calif.]: Diablo, 1975. Print. pp. 77.
- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (Temerloh), Tourism Pahang.
- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Endemic Guides.
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