In 1974, Malaysia opened up to us as a charming, friendly destination with comprehensive access to its sprawling countryside alongside Kuala Lumpur's political, social and cultural center. One could take the Malayan Railroad via three-class trains — as an alternative to flying — or take the rail to tour upon arrival. Rail tours included Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital city. From KL, one could explore the city by night, visit Malacca, Fraser's Hill Resort and Cameron Highlights during the day, and then travel to the east coast during the dry season from May to September. Away from the cities, visitors could venture out and enjoy the country's combination of smooth hills and lush greenery. (Check out the article's page 1 and page 2.)
Thirty-six years later, Malaysia continues to surprise. Since last year, when it ranked among Skytrax's top ten airports, the InterContinental opened up a 473-room hotel in KL, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts opened the Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Iskander, Malaysia, and the country was host to the second annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, alongside two golf tournaments, including PGA TOUR's Asia Pacific Golf Classic, Malaysia 2010 and LPGA's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Outside, Eastern Malaysia is a more rural area steeped in tradition, and the historic districts of Georgetown and Malacca were recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Cities.
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