Travelers may be in awe of the urban wonder that is Kuala Lumpur–known as “KL” to its Facebook friends–but the true wonder of travel in Malaysia is not the city’s concrete. Life on the Malaysian peninsula comes in multicultural layers, a seemingly incongruous melange of Malay, Chinese and Indian traditions, religions and, quite appealing to most travelers, cuisine. Apart from the peninsula, on the Malaysian portion of the island of Borneo, there is a different nation whose dense jungles and remote village tribes are eons removed from KL’s lustre. (According to Lonely Planet’s Malaysia pages, “Malaysia is really like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea.”) Malaysia’s tourist board promotes the country not as a place of irreconcilable contradiction, but as a complimentary mix of the region’s many natural ebbs and flows. Its slogan? “Malaysia: Truly Asia.

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