Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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.

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.

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.

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Teluk Chempedak Beach, Kuantan, Wold War 2 bunker
Teluk Chempedak Beach, Kuantan
Wold War 2 bunker


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

Kuala Lumpur - a city that never seems to sleeps

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Kuala Lumpur, a city that was built in the middle of the jungle with the highest twin towers in the world. It is a multi-cultural melting pot with a young population with an average age of 28 years old. Malays, Chinese, Indians and many more are at home in KL as the locals call their city. 8 million people live in the metropolitan area, 1.7 million of which in the centre. ... more

Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara

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More information on the combined bus and boat journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and back. ... more

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh ... more

Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands
Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman
Penang - Langkawi
Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru
Taman Negara - Perhentian Island
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Things to Do & See
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Canopy Walk, Taman Negara
Taman Negara's spectacular canopy walk is 530m long and up to 40m above the ground ... more
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Legoland Malaysia, Johor Bahru
Malaysia's first international theme park in Johor at the southern tip of the Peninsula close to the second Link to Singapore. ... more
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Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur
Federal administrative capitol of Malaysia 30km south of KL that was built from scratch since the 1990s with billions of ringgit - an architecture lovers dream ... more
Members of Backpacking Asia Network
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... 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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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
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
Restaurants & Food Courts
The Green Man, Kuala Lumpur
The Green Man is an traditional British pub / restaurant and one of the longest running establishments on Changkat. ... 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
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Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Street food market in Kuala Lumpur during the month of Ramadhan at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail ... more
Nightlife
The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar, Kuala Lumpur
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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Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur
Nightlife area at Jalan Doresmy. Nightlife spot for the rich and beautiful. Row of refurbished colonial-era shop houses. ... more
Transport
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KL Sentral (Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur), Kuala Lumpur
The main railway station and transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur in Brickfields. KTM , KTM Komuter, LRT, KLIA Express, Monorail and Buses connect here ... more
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KL Monorail, Kuala Lumpur
The KL Monorail (a.k.a. Monorel) is a short and elevated monorail system that connecting destinations within the city centre along 11 stations (8.6km). It is also offers good views over of downtown Kuala Lumpur. ... more
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Terminal AmanJaya, Ipoh
Ipoh's main bus terminal in the northern outskirts of the towns ... 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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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 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
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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
HOSTELS
Langkawi Dormitorio, Langkawi
Hostel
Backpacker accommodation at Pantai Cenang ... more
Jalan-Jalan Besi, Melaka
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Guesthouse / Hostel in old Chinatown run by the same management as nearby Jalan-Jalan Emas ... more
Teresek View Motel, Taman Negara
Hostel

Small multi-storey budget hotel near the jetty in Kuala Tahan

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Taman Panorama, view west towards the bridge of  Terengganu River
Taman Panorama
view west towards the bridge of Terengganu River
STORIES

Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara



More information on the combined bus and boat journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and back.
PRESS ARTICLES
Kuala Lumpur’s Eat Streets (Lonely Planet)

Feature Article on the Lonely Planet website about five KL must-eats to get you started: Roti in Brickfields, Noodles in Chow Kit, Malay food in Kampung Baru, Kuih (generic word for cakes and pastries) in Bangsar and Coffee at a Kopitiam (traditionally Chinese owned coffee shop) on Heritage Row

DID YOU KNOW?
Culture

Besides the malay muslim majority (50+%) there is the big Chinese community (30+%) and Indian minority (8%) plus many various indigenous cultures on Borneo (Iban, Datak,...) so walk around with open eyes and be amazed by the malaysian melting pot.