Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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Mount Kinabalu National Park
pitcher plant
Bako National Park, Frog
Bako National Park
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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

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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

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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

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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
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Things to Do & See
Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur
only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur ... more
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Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc. ... more
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Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur
Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels. ... more
Members of Backpacking Asia Network
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
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
Panorama Divers
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
Crystal Yacht
Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
Restaurants & Food Courts
Daikanyama, Kuala Lumpur
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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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
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Pasar Tani Mega, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur
Large weekend neighborhood market selling everything you need for the Malaysian kitchen fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and snacks ... more
Nightlife
Werner’s on Changkat, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant (Italian / European Fusion) and Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang with an upstair club lounge and large balcony. ... more
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Bangsar, to the south of downtown, popular entertainment area for local yuppies and expats with an Mediterranean flair. ... 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
Transport
Pudu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Pudu Sentral is the new name for Puduraya Bus Terminal which serves north-bound buses ... more
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MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), Singapore
The modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the fastest way to get around Singapore. It consists of 4 lines with 3 more lines in the making or planning. ... more
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Kuala Terengganu Bus Terminal, Kuala Terengganu
KT's main express long-distance bus terminal is located right in the city center on Jalan Sysed-Hussin at the corner of Jalan Abidin ... 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
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
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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
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. ... 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
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Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur
Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels. ... more
HOSTELS
Red Inn Court, Penang
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boutique eco-guesthouse in historical Georgetown ... more
Coral Redang Island Resort, Pulau Redang
Hostel
Resort at Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) on Pulau Redang - room rates from RM240, 3D/2N snorkeling packages from RM525 ... more
Perhentian Island Resort, Perhentian Islands
Resort
resort on the big island with its own beach ... more

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