Faces of
Malaysia
Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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Teluk Chempedak Beach, Kuantan, the beach
Teluk Chempedak Beach, Kuantan
the beach
Malaysian Moments, man selling Durian
Malaysian Moments
man selling Durian


The Responsible Tourist and Traveller

This is practical 8-step guide based on the "Global Code of Ethics" for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization. It promotes traveling with an open mind and respect for people, culture, animals and environment.

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

Chinese New Year, the spring festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese community and a public holiday in Malaysia.

Travelling and flying with a baby

This is our experience of travelling with a 8-month to 11-month old baby.

The long day wanes (Anthony Burgess)

A Malayan Trilogy - set in the 1950s in the post-war and pre-independence Malaya

Reactions to the Malaysian Election 2018 results

With the 2018 Election Malaysia witnessed a change of government for the first time in its history since independence from the British in 1957.

Malaysian News Snippets 2018

General Election / Airbnb popularity rise / new tallest building

Vaisakhi Festival

Vaisakhi religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism and is celebrated by the Punjabi / Sikh minority in Malaysia.

How to Properly Secure your Data while Traveling

When traveling for work or leisure, we often remember to secure everything else but our data.

Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai

How to go from Kuala Lumpur up north to Thailand by bus or train.

Amazing places to vitually walk, ride and swim in Malaysia

Google is sending their street view cams to most unlikely places. Here is a list of cool places to visit in Malaysia without (before) getting your feet wet and dirty

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Things to Do & See

Salang Beach, Tioman

Salang is on the northernmost end of the island and is most frequented by backpackers and independent travellers looking for a spot of diving, plenty of nightlife and cheap accommodation.

Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Big park near the old colonial center and Chinatown area. It includes National Mosque, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Penangs grandest and most famous colonial hotel built in 1884, established by the two Armenian Sarkie brothers Tigram and Martin who later founded Raffles Hotel in Singapore

Restaurants & Food Courts

Sutraa Kitchen & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Chillout bar serving Indian tapas on Changkat Bukit Bintang

The Green Man, Kuala Lumpur

The Green Man is an traditional British pub / restaurant and one of the longest running establishments on Changkat.

TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur

Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food

Nightlife

Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur

Jalan P. Ramlee, just south of KLCC, is Kuala Lumpur′s central clubbing district

Werner’s on Changkat, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant (Italian / European Fusion) and Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang with an upstair club lounge and large balcony.

Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town

Transport

Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Penang

The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.

Penang Ferry Terminal, Penang

The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi

Lavender Street Bus Terminal, Singapore

Another pick-up and drop-off point for long-distance buses to and from Malaysia in a parking lot at the corner of Lavender St. and Kallang Bahru.

Shopping

Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall), Kuala Lumpur

Low Yat is the place go to buy electronic and high-tech stuff like computers, laptops , computer parts and accessories, cameras, mobile phones, blanks discs etc.

BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur

Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building.

VivoCity, Singapore

Singapore's largest shopping mall, located at HarbourfFront with direct connection to Sentosa Island via Monorail or Boardwalk, also has a Golden Screen Cinema

(Day) Trips

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Lumpur

Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.

Bukit Tinggi, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Tinggi is a hill retreat area about 55km northeast of Kuala Lumpur with resort hotels - most notably the french village themed Colmar Tropicale, a japanese garden, botanical garden and activities like horse riding, paintball, mountain biking and golf .

Bako National Park, Kuching

Small, but diverse, National Park located 37km north-east of Kuching. Bako NP covers an area of about 27sqkm and offers jungle treks, steep cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of sandy, secluded bays.

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Red Palm, Kuala Lumpur

Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!

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TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... more
Rainbow Lodge, Langkawi
3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available. ... more
Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya Eco Resort,
Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya is an Eco-Resort in the jungles of Pahang only accessible via off road 4×4 vehicles, about 1 hour outside of Kuala Lumpur. It offers 3 types of accommodation: campsite, dormitory and chalets. ... more
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
Cherating, Cherating Beach
Cherating
Cherating Beach
DID YOU KNOW?
Airport tax

Airport tax is already included in the ticket prices. There is also no fee to pay when leaving the country.

Georgetown / Penang, Campbell Lane
Georgetown / Penang
Campbell Lane
STORIES

Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh (Bus and Train Connection)



How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus or train.