Among U.S. travelers, many countries in Southeast Asia have reputations for difficult travel, customs and wildly foreign food — how do half-gestated chicken embryos appeal? Malaysia is an exception. This multi-ethnic, multicultural country, split into west and east regions by the South China Sea, boasts excellent roads, a brand new airport and country-crossing trains. It offers three-star hotels with $40 rooms, and visas are not required for most passport holders. For people who are intrigued by Southeast Asia, but find the idea of traveling there daunting, go to Malaysia. For solo travelers with a backpack who want to avoid the crowds of rowdy teenagers in Thailand, go to Malaysia.