Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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.

Boats on Langkawi
Selamat Datang! Welcome to BackpackingMalaysia.com!

Bako National Park, Telok Pandan Besar View
Bako National Park
Telok Pandan Besar View
Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Bintang


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. ... more

Bogus Monks

bogus-fake-monk-malaysia.jpg
As a tourist (especially western tourist) it is likely that you will be approached by a fake monk in tourist hot spots in Malaysia's big cities (Penang, Melaka, KL). These "monks" will approach you actively to ask for donations. However, they are not real monks. ... more

How to get to Redang Island

Pulau Redang can be reached by plane from KL or Singapore or more budget-friendly by boat from Merang or Kuala Terengganu. Kuala Terengganu can easily be reached from any major town by bus or from Kuala Lumpur by plane and is worth a one or two night stopover on the way to or from the island. ... more

Malaysia’s 13th General Election

flags-in-KL-Malaysia-13th-general-election-2013.jpg
There has never been a change of government in the history of Malaysia. After the hardest contested election so far, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition will continue to stay in power despite losing the popular vote. ... more

Singapore Seight-seeing buses / tours

singapore-sia-hop-on-bus.jpg
Singapore offers a few options to do a sight-seeing tour with hop-on hop-off type of buses with the SIA Hop-on Bus, FunVee Open Top Bus and the sea & land trips of Duck & Hippo Tours. ... more

Lenggong Valley declared a UNESCO world heritage site
Merdeka Day
Ramadan and Hari Raya in Malaysia
Ramadan Markets in Kuala Lumpur
Train and bus times are now available on Google Maps
... read more stories

Things to Do & See
Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple, Penang
Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added ... more
Harmony Street, Melaka
Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street. ... more
ampang-lookout-point-roadside-pasar-malam.jpg
Ampang Lookout Point, Kuala Lumpur
TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area. ... more
Members of Backpacking Asia Network
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
TGs Nasi Kandar
TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... more
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
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
Restaurants & Food Courts
Imbi_Market-Pasar-Bukit-Bintang-Kuala-Lumpur.jpg
Imbi Market / Pasar Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
popular morning wet market and hawker center in Imbi, or short walk from Jalan Bukit Bintang, with variety of Chinese hawker stalls serving food from breakfast to lunch time ... more
The Green Man, Kuala Lumpur
The Green Man is an traditional British pub / restaurant and one of the longest running establishments on Changkat. ... more
Betel-Box-Bistro-Singapore-House.jpg
Betel Box Bistro, Singapore
The Betel Box Bistro is a Peranakan neighbourhood restaurant in the historic Joo Chiat / Katong district of Singapore. It shares a traditional shophouse with the Betel Box Hostel. ... more
Nightlife
sky-bar2.jpg
Sky Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Another roof-top bar in the Traders Hotel (33rd floor) with a breath-taking view of the Twin Towers. Located just across from KLCC. ... more
Daikanyama, Kuala Lumpur
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
The Ceylon Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Transport
kl-hop-on-hop-off-bus.jpg
KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Kuala Lumpur
Hop-On Hop-off sight-seeing bus with multi-language taped audio commentary covering all inner-city attractions and area from Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Lake Gardens, Historical Quarters and Chinatown. Tickets area valid for 24hours. ... more
sungai-nibong-express-bus-terminal-penang.jpg
Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal, Penang
The Sg. Nibong Terminal is the main express bus terminal for long-distance buses in Penang. The terminal is located near Batu Uban about 20min (10km) outside of Georgetown city centre. ... more
Shahbandar-Jetty-Kuala-Terengganu.jpg
Shahbandar Jetty, Kuala Terengganu
Jetty at the city center of Kuala Terengganu (just opposite the Tourist Information Center) for boats to Pulau Redang (Redang Island). ... more
Shopping
temp_file_kl-low-yat1.jpg
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
BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur
Massive complex with 2 shopping malls and hundred of shops in Bukit Bintang. People tend to get lost in there. ... more
center-court-VivoCity-Shopping-Mall-Singapore.jpg
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
Kuala-Selangor-Nature-Park-Watch-Tower-view.jpg
Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Kuala Lumpur
Nature Park in Kuala Selangor managed by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), enjoy views of secondary and mangrove forests and its animals (monkeys, birds and more more) on an easy-to-walk trail through the park ... more
bukit-tinggi-colmar-tropicale-distance.jpg
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 . ... more
mount-kinabalu-total-view.jpg
Kinabalu National Park, Kota Kinabalu
Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres. ... more
HOSTELS
Sandy Beach Resort, Langkawi
Hostel
Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90 ... more
Borneo Beachouse (Backpackers), Kota Kinabalu
Hostel
Guesthouse located within walking distance of Tanjung Aru Beach ... more
The Travel Hub, Kuala Lumpur
Guesthouse
Hostel / Guesthouse in a quiet part of Chinatown ... more

... view all hostels



Things to do & see
Pantai Batu Buruk (Beach), Kuala Terengganu
The beach is close to city center. The name literally means Beach of the Ugly Stone. It is popular to visit by the locals but it is considered too dangerous for swimming. ... more

Tekek beach, Tioman
beach at Kampung Tekek, the main hub of the island ... more

DID YOU KNOW?
Safety

Travelling in Malaysia is very safe in general. Though is you should be careful in crowded place of pick-pocket. Also watched out for the infamous poker scam in KL, when people approach ou and ask politely where you come from and invite you to their home because they claim to have a family member going this way. There have also been reports of people snatching hand bags from driving motorbikes.

PRESS ARTICLES
Twilight streetside action with Borneo rockers (The Cicak)

A cicak story about 2 urban chinese guys deciding to head down to Bukit Binang (Kuala Lumpur) in the middle of the night to play their guitars. Unexpectedly they make friends with a group of guys from Sabah. A fresh story about a night in downtown KL and music as a common language.