Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Malaysia and Florida: Similarities and differences

Similarities between Malaysia and Florida, USA

Malaysia and Florida shares many similarities. Malaysia has a year round warm equatorial (tropical) climate while Florida has a humid subtropical climate for the most part and similar tropical climate in southern Florid. Both have wet and dry seasons. Both have frequent thunderstorm, but Florida has been nicknamed the lightning capital of the United States. Malaysia is practically free from earth quakes except for occasional tremors originating from neighboring Indonesia while earth quakes in Florida are very rare. Malaysia has a number of National Reserves, but in this case I think beat Malaysia by the larger numbers of National Park Reserves.

The population of Malaysia is approximately 27 million while that of Florida is not far behind at 18 million. Both are multi-racial, the race and culture of Malaysia is probably more diverse.

Differences between Malaysia and Florida

Malaysia don't experience any snow (unless you include the snow houses and the "snow" car washes) but Florida do have occasional snowfall. Malaysia is blessed with hardly any major natural calamities, but Florida is subjected to not infrequent hurricanes that can cause havoc. The official language is Bahasa Malaysia (based on the Malay language) but English is widely spoken. I don't know if Florida has an official language, but 77% Florida residents speak only English at home as a first language, and I guess official documents and correspondences is probably English. Malaysia is majority Muslim while Florida is mostly Protestant Christian with a small Roman Catholic community.

Florida has Disneyland theme park as well as many other theme parks. Malaysia did try to get a Disneyland theme park in the Iskandar Development Region but I believed it was a failed attempt.

See for yourself

If you want to really finds out about the similarities and differences between Malaysia and Florida, it is best to go see for yourself. Not only are there many theme parks in Florida, it has also the famous Miami Beach plus many other attractions. The best way to see Florida is by driving around, that means a car. And unless you have relatives or friends who are willing to let you use theirs, that mean car rental which you can get at Car Rental in Florida which the website says offers the lowest rates online for Florida Car Rentals. I was told by them that if you rent through them, you don't need to pay until you arrive in Florida. That is real reassuring as obviously one wouldn't want to pay first, then end up with no car on arrival. You also can receive a confirmation without credit card payment at the time of booking. They will only need to know the type of credit card you have. Apparently, you can cancel anytime without incurring penalty charges and Florida Car Rental booking form seems to confirm them.

If Disneyland and other theme parks attract you, the theme park capital is Orlando and you can actually arrange to pick up your rental car at Orlando itself. Many other Florida cities are also included, including Miami. You can find thrifty rates at Discount Rates on Car Rentals in Florida

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