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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.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Teh Tarik

beverage | Indian, Mamak
Teh Tarik, Teh-tarik
most popular drink in Malaysia made of black tea and condensed milk
also known as:

Teh Tarik is more than a drink, it is almost a way of life in Malaysia and Singapore. If you haven't had a Teh Tarik while traveling through the region, you haven't truly been here. Teh Tarik is made of really strong black tea, hot water and condensed milk. To mix it all up the tea is poured from one cup to the other in an artistic style - that's where drink got its name from - Teh Tarik - pulled tea. This way of preparation mixes the ingredients thoroughly, creates a layer of froth on top and already cools it down a bit.
The perfect snack to go down with a Teh Tarik is Roti Canai.
You can also order the drink in  cold version with ice - Teh Ais.
Another version is to add some ginger - Teh Halia.
As almost any drink in the region it is quite sweet, to lessen the sweetness ask for less sugar (kurang manis) - Teh Tarik kurang manis.


video of the making of a Teh Tarik:

black tea, condensed milk

What's good?
good balance of tea and condense milk - smooth taste

What's not good?
too much tea (bitter) or too sweet

Where to find?
Teh Tarik has been brought to Malaysia from southern India and can be found at any Indian Mamak restaurant and stall. However, it became so deeply entrenched in the local culture that it is available anywhere from Kopi Tiam cafes to Malay restaurants.

Teh Tarik, Teh-tarik

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