Malaysia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, with its beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and diverse cultures. It is a perfect destination for people who are looking to explore Southeast Asia. What do you know about Malaysia? Take this quiz to find out!
#1. Malaysia is a big part of an archipelago stretching all the way down to Australia. This archipelago does not include which other country?
The Malay Archipelago is the stretch of island nations splayed out between Asia and Australia and includes Borneo (and, thus, Malaysia), all of Indonesia, the Philippines, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea. It’s the most expansive of all the archipelagos in the world, taking up more of the Earth’s surface than any other such grouping, but it falls short when speaking of number of islands– the Norwegian Archipelago, and the islands in the north of Canada, have higher total number of islands. That said, more of the Malay Archipelago is inhabited as well. It probably has something to do with climate.
#2. Which sea separates Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) from Sabah and Sarawak (East Malaysia)?
#3. The peso is the Malaysian currency.
#4. Gunung Mulu National Park is well known for its limestone karst, featuring many caves, cliffs and rock pinnacles. In which state is this park located?
Sarawak located in the north of Borneo and has an area size of 124,451 square km, with a population of more of 2.7 million as of 2017. Gunung Mulu National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. The world’s second longest cave chamber, Deer Cave, is located in this park. Deer Cave is about 4.1 km long, 148 meters high and 142 meters wide.
#5. Malaysia is a neighbor of Singapore.
#6. Malaysia is the home of the first ever budget airline in South East Asia. Which budget airline was it?
Air Asia is the first every budget airline that operates domestic and international flights in Asia.
#7. The Batu Caves in Selangor have the world's largest cave chamber by area.
#8. Which of these phrases mean "thank you" in Malay?
“Terima Kasih” is the right answer. Em Koy Sai means thank you in Cantonese, Nandri is Tamil and Kam Sia is Hokkien.
#9. You can find George Town, a city named after George III, and Batu Ferringhi in this state. Which state is it?
Penang is the second smallest state and consists of two parts: Penang Island where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai on the mainland. There are two bridges which connect the island to the mainland. The second link bridge, also known as Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, which connects mainland Malaysia from Seberang Perai to Penang, is at 24 km is the longest in South East Asia. Batu Ferringhi is a famous beach location in Penang Island.
#10. Putrajaya, Malaysia, is home to the world's largest roundabout.
#11. Home to one of the world's largest underground chambers, Sarawak Chamber is a natural wonder of Malaysia. Located nearby this chamber is the pristine Deer Cave, which is one of the world's largest cave passages. Both Sarawak Chamber and Deer Cave are located in which of the following UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia?
The Gunung Mulu National Park is located in Miri, Sarawak (on the island of Borneo), Malaysia. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
The massive Deer Cave’s passage can fit up to 40 Boeing 747 airplanes.
Kinabalu Park, located in the state of Sabah, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
In 2008, both Melaka and George Town (the capital of the state of Penang), noted for their rich history, obtained their UNESCO World Heritage Sites status, under the collective name of “Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca”.
Located in Lenggong, Perak, the Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, noted for its Perak Man (the oldest human skeleton found in Malaysia), was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.
#12. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj is the first Prime Minister of Malaysia
#13. Being a biodiversity hotspot, Malaysia is home to various exquisite species of flora and fauna. Which of the following animals, characterized by its black and orange stripes, is featured in the country's coat of arms?
The Malayan tiger, also known as the southern Indochinese tiger, can be found in the Malay Peninsula. This majestic animal has been classified as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2015.
The coat of arms of Malaysia features two Malayan tigers that symbolize Malaysians’ courage and strength.
#14. Malaysia is synonymous with its tropical islands that offer sandy beaches and world-class diving spots. This Malaysian archipelago, known for its cable car and sky bridge, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Geopark in 2007. Which archipelago, located near the border of Thailand, is being described?
Langkawi belongs to the state of Kedah. The Langkawi archipelago consists of 99 islands, where its largest island is the eponymously named Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi in Malay). Langkawi was declared a duty-free island in 1987 to boost its tourism industry.
The three main areas in Langkawi Geopark are Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Bali is located in Indonesia. Boracay belongs to the Philippines.
#15. Which of these make up the three main ethnic groups of Malaysia?
The three main groups are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. But there there also populations of the indigenous tribes, Ibans, Kadazans and Eurasians (mixed parentage European-Asian). It’s a multicultural haven!
#16. Malaya got independence from the U.K on which date?
#17. The rafflesia flower can be found in Malaysia's rainforests.
#18. The monarch of Malaysia is elected.
#19. Which of these festivals is NOT celebrated by the Indians in Malaysia?
“Chap Goh Mei” is celebrated by the Chinese signaling the 15th day of the New Year.
#20. Malaysia is ruled by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the country's head of state, and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the country's head of government.
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