Malaysia is a meeting point of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, highlighted by a range of festivals, cuisine and customs. The country was formed relatively recently, in the early 1960s, when the north Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak (East Malaysia) joined Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia), and it didn’t let a little thing like the South China Sea get in the way of its solidarity; regular flights transport the masses from the cosmopolitan and historic cities of the Peninsular to the jungles of the East.
Since its creation, the country has prospered to become one of the most developed in South East Asia and the gleaming capital Kuala Lumpur is representative of this. Here, modern wonders like the Petronas Towers stand alongside colonial architecture amid an energetic vibe.
- Modern country with a good standard of living
- Lots to see and do
- Little competition from other native speakers
- Fascinating history
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Malaysia
- The Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park is the largest underground chamber in the world: it’s so big, it can hold 10 jumbo jets lined up end-to-end.
- Rafflesia arnoldii, found in the country’s rainforests, is the largest flower in the world, measuring 3 feet across and weighing 11kg!
- The world’s longest King Cobra was found in Malaysia, measuring over 18 feet long.
- The 13.7km-long Penang Bridge is one of the longest in the world.