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25 Photos That Prove Malaysia Is the Most Colorful Place on Earth

Explore the magic and wonder of Malaysia’s culture and architecture.

A melting pot of color and diversity, Malaysia has everything from stunning beaches and world-class resorts to steamy jungles and fascinating wildlife. And it’s a crossroads for many cultures and religions, too. These photographs tell the story of cultures converging and collaborating in one of the Southeast Asia’s most picturesque settings.


By Jamie Ditaranto

Jamie Ditaranto is a traveler in a love triangle with writing and photography. Follow the drama on Twitter @jamieditaranto and Instagram @jamieditaranto.

Ditaranto joined SmarterTravel in 2015. She loves ecotourism, cities with history, and discovering local hangouts. Though she likes all the continents equally, she holds a special place in her heart for rainy little islands.

Her work has also appeared online at USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. You can check out her photography on her website.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "My instant camera comes in handy for giving instant gifts to new friends."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Befriending penguins in Antarctica."

Travel Motto: "You have to get the hard places out of the way first."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "On short flights, the window. For long flights, the aisle."

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