Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly
on the northern third of the island of Borneo.West (peninsular) Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, is connected by a causeway
and a bridge (the 'second link') to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca.
East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia. Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its
investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richest nations in Southeast Asia.
Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix: there is high-tech infrastructure and things generally work well and more or less
on schedule, but prices remain more reasonable than, say, Singapore.
Before the rise of the European colonial powers, the Malay peninsula and the Malay
archipelago were home to empires such as the Srivijaya, the Majapahit (both ruled from Indonesia, but also controlling
parts of Malaysia) and the Melaka Sultanate. The Srivijaya and Majapahit empires saw the spread of Hinduism to the region,
and to this day, many Hindu legends and traditions survive in traditional Malay culture.