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While Southeast Asia is a well-trodden path for many travelers, Malaysia often lingers in the shadow of its more frequented neighbors, Thailand and Singapore. Despite its size, this country, which is no bigger than New Mexico, offers an impressive range of an equally compelling blend of nature, culture, and modernity sans the overwhelming crowds. A journey through Malaysia reveals a land of skyscrapers and huts, rainforests and beaches, and a populace that's as cordial as it is cosmopolitan.

This guide aims to navigate you through these distinct locations: Kuala Lumpur, Penang Hill, Langkawi Island, Putrajaya, Malacca City, and Kinabalu National Park. Each offers a unique slice of Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has a reputation largely rests on its tall buildings and commercial ventures. It houses the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers, a feat of architecture and engineering that stands as the city's primary symbol. However, Kuala Lumpur is not just a hub of business and modernity; it has a rich history that often goes unnoticed. Its colonial past is still evident in structures like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Merdeka Square, giving visitors a peek into the city's roots.

People in Kuala Lumpur come from different backgrounds - primarily Malay, Chinese, and Indian. This multicultural mix is reflected in the city's culinary scene, where one can taste Nasi Lemak, Char Kuey Teow, or Tandoori Chicken on the same day.

While navigating Kuala Lumpur, it's crucial to be aware of the city's notorious traffic jams. Efficient public transportation options such as the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) are readily available and often preferred.

One lesser-known fact is that Kuala Lumpur is a green city. The lush Lake Gardens offer a break from the concrete jungle, while the KL Forest Eco Park, despite its central location, serves as a reminder of Malaysia's tropical biodiversity.

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