Warm Weather, Warm People
Malaysia enjoys a sunny tropical climate all year round, with the monsoon season bringing heavy showers between the months of November and February. The people here are as warm as the weather, coming from a multicultural background built on tolerance, acceptance and harmony.
While the majority of Malaysians are Malay, you will encounter Malaysians of Chinese, Indian, and indigenous descent as well. Almost everyone in the city can communicate in English, but prepare to hear a plethora of languages and dialects like Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, and Hindi being spoken.
When Malaysians talk about Malaysian food, they are talking about a vast array of delicacies from a host of different cultures. Malay, Chinese, Indian -- there are so many culinary traditions colliding that it's impossible to sum it up neatly. From humble but delicious fare at hawker centres and mamak stalls which are classified as street food to extravagant meals at acclaimed restaurants and five-star hotels, Malaysia is the place to explore taste in all its varied permutations.
Which is why you will find Le Cordon Bleu here in Malaysia, where passion and tradition unite to elevate cooking to a glorious new level. Here, you can learn from both professionally-trained French chefs and the old man who has been making bak kut the ( a herbal pork ribs broth) for the past 50 years. Classic French culinary techniques will only be the first of many cooking traditions you will pick up at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia.
Start off strong with street food along Changkat and Jalan Alor, where streetside restaurants serve Chinese-style chicken wings, butter prawns, and pork noodles. For something more upscale, duck into the revamped Asian Heritage Row for excellent coffee and fancy cocktails. If you find yourself in Malacca, make sure to visit Jonker Street for coconut shakes, pandan pancakes, and Peranakan dishes. But when you get to Penang, order one of everything you see at Straits Quay and Esplanade.
A City Set In A Tropical Paradise
Being a melting pot of heritage and culture, the city of Kuala Lumpur offers much to explore. See it in all its glory from the top of the Petronas Twin Towers. Soak in the sights and sounds of a colourful heritage as you walk the worn pavements of Petaling Street and Brickfields. Step into the hallowed halls of ancient mosques, temples, and churches and observe the many faiths that exist in harmony. Shop till you drop at the megamalls that dot the landscape.
Alternatively, take the opportunity to revel in a tropical paradise – Malaysia’s rich natural beauty is a gem to explore. For the adventurous, Malaysia’s lush tropical rainforests are lined with foot trails that will lead you to thundering waterfalls, cavernous caves, and breathtaking views atop cloud-covered treetops. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches dotting the coast, like Pulau Redang, Pulau Tioman, and Pulau Sipadan, just to name a few, where fine white sand and cerulean seas wash away the worries of the day.
If community is what you look for in your spare time, Malaysia will not disappoint. Cultural and religious holidays like Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, and Deepavali are celebrated with open hearts and open arms. The Rainforest World Music Festival, Urbanscapes, and the KL International Jazz and Arts Festival bring together people from all walks of life for a celebration of sight and sound. The Malaysian arts scene continues to grow, with plenty of open mic nights, poetry slams, theatrical plays, and jam sessions happening every night of the week.