Malaysia, Truly Asia
Malaysia has long been one of the world’s best kept tourism secrets. It is an ideal tourism destination in so many different aspects as it offers a wide range of diverse attraction to suit all tastes and most importantly, at relatively affordable prices. In addition, the country also offers a fascinating cultural mix with colourful festivals, unique arts and crafts, architecture, food and a rich array of dance forms. Malaysia has a tropical climate throughout the year, enjoying warm days and mild evenings in all seasons. Ethnicity remains the most potent force in Malaysia as it is a multicultural country with a very diverse population. In addition to being a tourist destination known for its cultural, historical and natural attractions, Malaysia is starting to make its mark as an affordable yet sophisticated healthcare hub in Asia. Many local private hospitals now have counters, staff, medical packages and special arrangements such as accommodation and travel to cater to foreign patients. According to the 2007 figures, about 72% of the foreign patients were from Indonesia, 10% from Singapore, 5% from Japan, 3% from Europe and 3% from India. Penang, Malacca and Johor Bahru are the favourite destinations to seek medical treatment. For instance, the majority of medical tourists visiting Penang are of Indonesian origin because of its proximity to Sumatera, convenience of travel, ease of cultural and language adaptation. Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) or also known as homestay is promoted by the government to allow foreigners regardless of race, religion, gender or age to stay for a period of 10 years initially. Malaysia's friendly traditional communities have opened up their homes to foreign guests so that they can have a taste of the ‘kampung’ or village lifestyle to cherish for a lifetime. The lucky visitors will have the opportunity to harvest fruits that are in season or try their skill at plucking coconuts out of palm trees with a bamboo...
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