According to the tourism website, To Know Malaysia is to Love Malaysia– and while I am sure this can be said about many countries throughout the globe, we were certainly intrigued. “Mayaysia is a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.” Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. The country is divided into thirteen states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea. Eleven states and two federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) in Peninsular Malaysia and two states and one federal territory (Labuan) in East Malaysia.
One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
We enjoyed the postcards we received and googled Malaysia to learn more. The caption on back of the one on the right reads, “The coconut plantation workers – the human as instructor and the monkey as climber and harvester.” My student wrote, “15 years in Malaysia and I have not seen this … rubber plantations, – yes; oil palm plantations – plenty; but not a trained monkey to harvest the coconuts, amazing!” The munchkins then filled out a notebook page for our album.