Faces of
Malaysia
Taman Negara

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island)  is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.

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.

Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Factory in Cameron Highlands
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Langkawi, Corals Riffs At Pulau Payar
Langkawi
Corals Riffs At Pulau Payar
Kota Bahru, street scene
Kota Bahru
street scene


The Responsible Tourist and Traveller

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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. ... more

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

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

Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman

Ferry schedule from Mersing and Tanjung Gemok to Pulau Tioman and other information on getting to the Island ... more

Penang - Langkawi

How to get from Penang to Pulau Langkawi and vice versa ... more

Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Johor and vice versa ... more

Taman Negara - Perhentian Island
Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands
Rainforest World Music Festival
Beaches on Pulau Lang Tengah
Development Projects in Kuala Lumpur
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Things to Do & See
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Pulau Duyung, Kuala Terengganu
An island located in the river just opposite Chinatown at the river mouth of Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) with Malay Kampungs, traditional boat making and resorts ... more
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Boat Ride to Taman Negara, Taman Negara
The scenic 2.5 h boat ride between Kuala Tembeling and Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara Headquarters) makes the trip to the park itself a highlight. ... more
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Turtle Alley (Lorong Penyu), Kuala Terengganu
Narrow lane in Chinatown (Kampung Cina) that has been beautified and themed witn art works about turtle to remind us of the endangered status of turtles that nest at the beaches of Terengganu ... more
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Tubotel, Langkawi
Unique accommodation concept located at its own jetty at the northern end of Pantai Cenang with unspoiled sea views and tubes to sleep in ... more
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
Red Palm, Kuala Lumpur

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

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Step Inn Guesthouse, Kuala Lumpur
Guesthouse / hostel situated close to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) bus terminal in a quite back road, halfway between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown ... more
TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... more
Restaurants & Food Courts
Pampas Bar & Grill, Kuala Lumpur
Argentinian steak restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Sutraa Kitchen & Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Chillout bar serving Indian tapas on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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Fish Farm Thai Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
Thai restaurant at a fish & vegetable farm in the middle of the jungle in the hills behind Ampang ... more
Nightlife
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Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Bangsar, to the south of downtown, popular entertainment area for local yuppies and expats with an Mediterranean flair. ... more
Baan 26, Kuala Lumpur
Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag ... more
Daikanyama, Kuala Lumpur
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Transport
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Pekeliling Bus Terminal, Kuala Lumpur
This older bus terminal at northern edge of KL city center serves buses to Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. For travelers this bus station is of interest as buses to Jerentut (for traveling to Taman Negara) and Genting Highlands leave from here. ... more
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GO KL City Bus, Kuala Lumpur
GO KL is a bus service within Kuala Lumpur city connecting Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Chinatown, KL Sentral and Chow Kit with now 4 lines ... more
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Golden Mile Complex Bus Terminal, Singapore
Many bus operators use the Golden Mile Complex / Tower as drop-off and depature point for long-distance buses to and from Malaysia. The Golden Mile Complex itself is a shopping mall with Thai clubs, shops and food stalls. ... more
Shopping
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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. ... more
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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. ... more
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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 ... more
(Day) Trips
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Fraser’s Hill, Kuala Lumpur
Hill resort at 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally set up as a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s, it consists of seven hills. ... more
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Kuala Selangor (Fireflies), Kuala Lumpur
A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit. ... more
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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. ... more
HOSTELS
My Friend’s Place, Tioman
Hostel
ABC Beach, Pulau Tioman, Pahang, Malaysia - Tel: +609 419 1150 ... more
D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge, Kota Kinabalu
Guesthouse
Guesthouse located 500m away from Kinabalu National Park (location of Mount Kinabalu), 1.5h drive from Kota Kinabalu ... more
D’coconut Lagoon, Pulau Lang Tengah
Hostel

Resort with own beach and 2 wings. The West wing is more luxurious and has a swimming pool. Room Rates RM200 - RM600

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Malaysian Moments, chinese meeting hall
Malaysian Moments
chinese meeting hall
DID YOU KNOW?
Abbreviations

Malaysian like to use abbreviations. So if you wanna belong you call Kuala Lumpur KL, Johor Bahru JB, Kota Kinabalu KK.

Things to do & see
Teluk Chempedak (TC) Beach, Kuantan
Teluk Chempedak, also called TC, is a beautiful beach facing the South China Sea, one of the main attractions of Kuantan ... more

Jungle Trekking, Fraser's Hill
There are 8 marked hiking trails available at Fraser's Hill ... more

PRESS ARTICLES
Malaysia at 50: So far, so good (International Herald Tribune)

Philip Bowring of the “International Herald Tribune” reflects about the country on it’s 50th (or 44th, read the article) anniversary, it’s rapid growth from rural to modern industrialized country. The peaceful situation but also the political and racial problems Malaysia is facing today.