LIFESTYLE IN MALAYSIA



The Food
The fusion of cuisines from the multicultural affair of combining the Malays, Indians, Chinese and Peranakan and others, developed over the centuries has made Malaysian food diverse and enjoyable with its own colour and palate. From the cheap hawker food served in the open air stalls or in the non air conditioned restaurants to the pricier international or gourmet cuisines served in classy restaurants and hotels, there is something to satisfy even the pickiest eater. The Malaysia tropical fruits are both colourful and exotic and they are available in abundance practically throughout the year at very affordable prices.

Recreation & Entertainment
Malaysia has a diverse variety of unspoiled landscapes, from a collection of unrivalled rainforests and national parks to over 4,600km of beautiful beaches and dozens of tropical islands, providing plenty of activities for jungle exploration, water sports, as well as diving and snorkelling. Malaysia attracts a number of international sporting events including the Grand Prix and there are many sporting activities for both players and spectators, including Formula 1, motorbike racing, cycling, power boat racing, horse jumping and sailing. For more active sports enthusiasts there are many golf courses, tennis and squash courts and groups playing cricket, rugby and football. Malaysia has over 200 golf courses throughout the country and these golf courses and resorts can be found high in the mountains, along the seashore, on tropical islands, amidst towering rain forests and in the heart of the cities, making a golf holiday great for the family, golfing friends or group. Closer to home, modern movie theatres, bars and clubs and F&B outlets can be found in all major cities. There are plenty of local festivals to watch and Malaysia also has a blossoming theatre scene. Most foreign newspapers and magazines can be found here and high speed internet connections are available in most parts of the country.

Shopping
Shopping establishments in Malaysia can easily satisfy every needs, taste and budget, from integrated shopping malls and hypermarkets, to specialty stores and boutiques. There are plenty of shopping malls throughout the country, especially in the city centre, and any residential area is sure to have a mall nearby. The shops carry a wide range of goods, including duty free products like perfumes, cosmetics, camera, electronic gadgets and golf clubs as well as foreign food products specifically targeted at the expatriate market. For local experience, there are the night markets or ‘pasar malam’ where hawker stalls sell almost anything from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing, shoes, toys, snacks and ornaments at cheap or at least reasonable prices. For those who love to discover there are also clusters of small shops in different pockets of the cities selling rarer goods or collector’s items, artifacts and antiques, cheaper alternatives, and local crafts.