Malaysia is truly a land of intriguing diversity. Geographically it ranges from cool hideaways found in the highlands to humid mangroves, warm, sandy beaches and the new world sophistication and skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Having developed as a part of the international spice route hundreds of years ago, a colourful heritage and an amalgamated culture were the result. Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. Multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, as well as an exciting place to experience the many religious festivals.