Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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.

Man in Kampung
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Malaysian Moments, old man in a train
Malaysian Moments
old man in a train
Kuala Terengganu, Ho Ann Kiong temple
Kuala Terengganu
Ho Ann Kiong temple


Malaysian F1 GP 2016 (Formula 1 in Sepang)

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This year's Grand Prix Weekend in Malaysia will take place on 30.Sept - 2.Oct 2016. The Malaysian GP will take place for the 18th time already at the Sepang track, about 1h south of Kuala Lumpur. After being the second race of the calendar for many years, it has been moved to end of September, just one week after the Singapore Grand Prix. ... more

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
Beaches on Pulau Lang Tengah
Development Projects in Kuala Lumpur
Accommodation on Pulau Lang Tengah
Pulau Tioman Beaches
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Things to Do & See
Paya Beach, Tioman
quiet beach south of Tekek on Pulau Tioman ... more
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Gerbang Malam, Ipoh
Night market in Ipoh's city center amidst traditional shophouses. Besides the market there are also several restaurants serving to famous Ipoh Chicken Rice ... more
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Petaling Street (Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches. ... more
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Red Palm, Kuala Lumpur

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

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TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... 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
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
Restaurants & Food Courts
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Bazaar Ramadhan in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Ramadan food market along Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru - an old Malay residential area near the city centre ... more
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
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Bazaar Ramadhan in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur
The Bazaar Ramadhan in Taman Tun is one the of the most popular Ramadhan market in the Greater KL area and is known for its good food. ... 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
The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Whisky bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... 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
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Bus System, Singapore
The second leg of Singapore's efficient public transport system, after the MRT, are the more than 300 bus lines. ... more
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Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), Kuala Lumpur
Modern airport-like bus terminal in Bandar Tasik Selatan in southern Kuala Lumpur. Main Terminal for all major bus connections from and to Kuala Lumpur ... more
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Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Penang
The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours. ... 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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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 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
HOSTELS
Sahabat Guesthouse, Kuala Lumpur
Guesthouse
Guesthouse / small hotel in an residential side street in Bukit Bintang, just behind the clubbing street Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Maznah Guest House, Cherating
Chalets
chalets/bungalows off the beach ... more
Travellers Palm Lodge, Kuala Lumpur
Hostel

One of the last remaining small and personal hostels in town. Located right in the middle of Bukit Bintang.  Run by owner Suzy for almost 15 years.

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Chinatown Singapore, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple und Museum
Chinatown Singapore
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple und Museum
STORIES

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.
Things to do & see
Gunung Raya, Langkawi
highest peak on Langkawi (881m) with spectacular views over the island and even to Thailand when it is clear ... more

Boh Tea Garden, Cameron Highlands
Visitors center of the Boh tea estate south-east of Tanah Rata with impressive views over the tea estate, a cafe area and free tours of the tea factory every 30min until about 4pm. ... more

PRESS ARTICLES
Malaysia???s Jungle Train Loses its Trees (Asia Sentinel)

Article about the charms of the jungle train and the on-going deforestation around it.