Malaya was the British name for Tanah Melayu (Malay Land) which consists of the states in Malay peninsular. After the Sultans gave up their power to the British crown, the colony was named British Malaya, then Malayan Union, then Federation of Malaya, which later to be joined with British Borneo, Sarawak, Singapore to form: Malaysia. Malaysia used to be called Malaya after declaration of independence from the British colony. It originally consists only the states in Malaya peninsular. On 16 September 1963, Malaysia was formed with three other states outside of Malaya peninsular. There are Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. Singapore left the Malaysia country on 1965.
Malaysia offers two very distinct experiences: the peninsula and Borneo (an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei). The peninsula is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavors with an efficient and modern capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Borneo features some of the most interesting places in Malaysia with a wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes. Combined with some beautiful islands, luxury resorts and colonials towns, Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix.
Almost 2 million foreign tourists traveled to Malaysia in 2010. Most of them were citizens from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia but a growing number of other foreign tourists are discovering this country as well.
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