Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with its GDP growing at an average of 6.5% per annum for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism. It is also one of the few developing countries to heavily subsidies education and healthcare. Malaysia has a newly industrialized market economy, ranked 4th largest in Southeast Asia and 38th largest in the world. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just meters away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rain forest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. Malaysia is hot all-year round. November afternoons are nothing short of hot, the average high temperature ranging around 31°C. Even the evenings and nights are quite balmy, with their average low temperature of 23°C.