Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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.

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Langkawi, sky bridge, Langkawi Cable Car
Langkawi
sky bridge, Langkawi Cable Car
Langkawi, Sunset at Pantai Cenang
Langkawi
Sunset at Pantai Cenang


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

Taman Negara - Perhentian Island

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How to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian Islands ... more

Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands

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How to get from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands by bus ... more

Rainforest World Music Festival

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RWMF is a three-day music festival and takes places every July near Kuching (Sarawak, Borneo) with music workshops, cultural display and of course concerts of artists from all over the world. ... more

Beaches on Pulau Lang Tengah
Development Projects in Kuala Lumpur
Accommodation on Pulau Lang Tengah
Pulau Tioman Beaches
Book Review: The Rice Mother
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Things to Do & See
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Sepang F1 International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
The Sepang F1 International Circuit right next to KLIA airport and used for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix as well as the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix. ... more
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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 ... more
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Jonker Walk, Melaka
A street in Chinatown with many antiques, textile and handicraft stores as well as galleries. On weekend nights the street is closed for traffic and turns into a lively night market ... more
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Panorama Divers, Perhentian Islands
Dive shop at Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil offering dive courses and snorkel trips. Panorama also has accommodation options and a restaurant. ... more
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
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Red Palm, Kuala Lumpur

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

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Restaurants & Food Courts
Daikanyama, Kuala Lumpur
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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Pasar Malam Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center. ... more
Baan 26, Kuala Lumpur
Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag ... more
Nightlife
twenty.one kitchen+bar, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Giovino, Kuala Lumpur
Wine shop / bar and Italian & Greek restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur
Jalan P. Ramlee, just south of KLCC, is Kuala Lumpur′s central clubbing district ... more
Transport
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Wawasan Bus Terminal, Kota Kinabalu
Southern Bus Terminal in KK serving local buses and south-bound long-distance buses to destinations like Beaufort, Sipitang and Lawas. ... more
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LCCT, Kuala Lumpur
Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia ... more
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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
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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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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
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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
HOSTELS
Lodge 121, Kuching
Hostel
Lodge 121 offers single, twin, double, triple, quad privates and dormitory ... more
Sri Packers Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Hostel
Backpacker hostel near Sepang F1 circuit and KLIA 1 & KLIA 2 airport (20min) in a shop house area ... more
Marco Polo, Kuching
Hostel
Guesthouse in Kuching's historical Chinatown ... more

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Kota Bahru, State Museum (Kelantan Muzium)
Kota Bahru
State Museum (Kelantan Muzium)
DID YOU KNOW?
Trains

There are only 2 train lines on the peninsula, one is the north-south track (Bangkok-Singapore) and one splits off in Gemas (south of KL) and runs to the north-eastern thai boarder near Kota Bharu. This line is also called the jungle train. The train is pricier and slower then the bus but can be more comfortable when travelling in a sleeper car. More info at http://www.ktmb.com.my and www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm
There are currently talks of constructing a bullet train line between Sinpapore and Kuala Lumpur

Things to do & see
Cherating Beach, Cherating
mostly quiet and peaceful beach near the budget accommodations. popular surfing spot when the weather is right ... more

Singapore Zoo - Night Safari, Singapore
The Singapore Zoo, considered one of the world's bests, is one of the main attractions in Singapore, it also hosts the Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and the popular Night Safari. ... more

STORIES

A guide for drivers in Malaysia



Malaysians are the most friendly people but put behind the wheel they become MFMs (Me-First-Malaysians). As a traveller just keep in mind, people drive on the left side here and look to the right and the left before crossing the road (lots of one-way-streets) The following is from a funny email I received recently. A humorous way look at how people drive in Malaysia. Enjoy.