Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

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.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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Taman Negara,  weird plant
Taman Negara
weird plant
Kampong Glam / Arab Street, Egyptian restaurant at the colourful Haji Lane
Kampong Glam / Arab Street
Egyptian restaurant at the colourful Haji Lane


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.

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

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

How to Share Your Holiday to Malaysia

You’ve marvelled at the spectacle of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, you’ve strolled along ice-white sandy beaches, you’ve gobbled up incredible cuisine and you’ve marauded through streets awash with incense.

Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh (Bus and Train Connection)

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus or train.

Kuala Lumpur - a city that never seems to sleeps

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.

Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara

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

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh

Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands

Ferry schedule and booking from Kuala Besut to Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar

Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman

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

Penang - Langkawi ferry connection

How to get from Penang to Pulau Langkawi and vice versa

Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Johor and vice versa

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Things to Do & See

Koh Lipe, Langkawi

Koh Lipe is a small flashpacker island next to the Tarutao National Marine Park in southern Thailand, about 1h boat ride away from Langkawi

Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka

Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs.

Menara KL (KL Tower), Kuala Lumpur

Menara KL or KL Tower, with a height of 421m, is the 7th tallest tower in the world. As it is built on hill, the observation decks offers higher ground than the Twin Towers and the best views in town.

Restaurants & Food Courts

twenty.one kitchen+bar, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Baan 26, Kuala Lumpur

Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag

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

Nightlife

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

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.

Luminous Restaurant & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Kebab restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Transport

JB Sentral Railway and Bus Terminal, Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru Sentral is the southern terminus of the KTM railway line linking Malaysia and Singapore and a major local bus terminal. It is connected to Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex and Johor Bahru City Square shopping center.

Langkawi International Airport, Langkawi

Langkawi's airport is located in the west of the Island and has flight connections to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.

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.

Shopping

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.

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.

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

(Day) Trips

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.

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.

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.

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Members of Backpacking Asia Network
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
Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang 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
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Luna Bar, View over to the Twin Towers
Luna Bar
View over to the Twin Towers
STORIES

Beaches on Pulau Lang Tengah



All beaches Pulau Lang Tengah are in the south and west part of the island (facing the mainland and Pulau Perhentian).
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.

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Abbreviations

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