"A fascinating fusion of tradition and modernity, Malaysia reflects Asia's many styles, nationalities and religions. Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. There are two parts to the country, 11 states in the peninsula of Malaysia and two states on the northern part of Borneo. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs. Once colonised by the British it now thrives in its own right offering some fascinating destinations, from the charming port of Georgetown in Penang to the State of Johor in the deep south and Sarawak known as the ""land of the hornbills"". History lovers will make a beeline for Malacca, where a blend of architecture from the Portuguese, Dutch and British periods comes together in unrivalled charm whilst those looking for relaxation can head for the quiet coastlines along the east coast of the peninsula, or the cool mists of the hill stations of the Cameron Highlands. Malaysia also boasts a delightful variety of traditional handicrafts and colourful festivals. A nation famous for its love of celebrating and socialising, good times can be found on every corner in Malaysia."