Malaysia appears to have it all, from white sand beaches and remote rainforests to the high-rise bustle of its modern capital, Kuala Lumpur.
In comparison with peninsular Malaysia, this city of half a million in Borneo is considerably more laid back. It's obsessed with cats (there's cats statues everywhere and even a cat museum). Some of the highlights include the Iban longhouses and the semi-wild orang utans. Orang utans are endangered species with dwindling numbers in the world, their rainforest homes are being destroyed to make way for plantations producing palm oil. It was cool to watch them come down from the trees to see who the strangers on their territory were.
Surrounded by a palm oil estate, Putrajaya is the administrative capital of Malaysia. It's a daytrip from KL, mainly for its rose-colored Putra Mosque and the green-domed Perdana Putra, which is the prime minister's office complex.
Kuala Lumpur is a very dynamic city. It's quite developed though there are a few green parks. Indians, Chinese and Malays make up its colorful mix. The main center of action is Bukit Bintang, a street that is a hive of activity with a good mix of tourists and locals.