Malaysia is a beautiful country located in Southeast Asia, separated by the South China Sea into two regions: East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia. Malaysia is surrounded by Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei and Philippines. Tanjung Piai is the southernmost point of continental Eurasia and its endemic species has placed it among the 17 mega diverse countries.
Malaysia in a snapshot
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Climate: tropical rainforest climate, being hot and humid throughout the year
It is impossible not to fall in love with Malaysia, a country where diverse religions and races leave together in peace and harmony. The country is a gastronomical paradise, a world or colorful festivals, with friendly, warm and relaxed people. Malaysia impresses with its contrasts: wooden houses, five star hotels, ancient reefs and towering skyscrapers.
Most of Malaysia is covered by forest, with a mountain range running the length of the peninsula. Extensive forests, warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves all provide a heaven for each tourist.
Medical tourism in Malaysia
According to the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) the country received 641,000 foreign patients in 2011, 728,800 in 2012, 881,000 in 2013 and 882,000 in 2014. The majority of patients coming here for medical treatment are from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, India, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.
Medical travelers choose Malaysia for its modern medical equipment, highly trained medical staff and affordable prices. Western accreditation of the medical facilities also plays an important role. Hospitals in Penang and Kuala Lumpur were among the first in Southeast Asia, to receive the US' prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) certification. Currently, Malaysia has 8 JCI-accredited medical facilities.
Some hospitals have entire wings for international medical tourists, and have translators for 22 different languages, including Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish and Russian, as well as a teams of English-speaking staff.
10 Fun Things To Do in Malaysia
1. Visit the island of Langkawi and the Perhentian Island
2. Shop till you drop in Kuala Lumpur
3. Visit World’s tallest twin towers – Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
4. Entertainment that never stops – Genting Highlands, Pahang
5. Afternoon tea and scones – Cameron Highlands, Pahang
6. Play time for all – LEGOLAND and Hello Kitty Town, Johor
7. Take a ride with Langkawi's popular cable car and enjoy the scenic view over the island.
8. Try the street food
9. Visit the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower
10. Go to Petaling Street or China Town
Visitors to Malaysia will be enthralled with the sights, sounds and taste of ancient and modern Malaysia, whether they come to this vibrant destination for medical reasons, for an extraordinary vacation or maybe both.
Malaysia offers state of the art medical treatment facilities throughout the country, with plenty of opportunities to take in some sightseeing while you’re preparing for or recuperating from treatments and procedures.