Faces of
Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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.

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pre-paid phone & internet cards

In a time where people wanna stay connected while travelling and don't want to rely on internet Wifi hotspots only, pre-paid SIM cards for your phone or tablets are an inexpensive alternative.

Malaysia has a variety of telecommunication companies and phone & data service providers that offer pre-paid SIM cards:

Hotlink - the pre-paid service of Maxis
Xpax - the pre-paid service of Celcom
Digi
Tune Talk - virtual mobile operator, owned, among others, by Celcom and Tune, a company linked to Air Asia
XOX - mobile operator targeting the Chinese community
U mobile

Hotlink
Personally, I use a Hotlink pre-paid. The calls and SMSs within Malaysia are rather expensive but the internet and calls to Europa are cheap.  For a call to a landline number in Germany I only pay around 10cent (Ringgit). The coverage also seems to be quite good. The weekly internet plan is RM8 for 100MB or you can pay RM2 per day (also for 100MB). Be careful not to get beyond the data limit, then Hotlink will just suck your credit empty in no time.
Useful calling codes for Hotlink:
*122# - check balance
*139# - shows your phone number
*100# - gets you to the main menu, where you can select internet plans and others

All Telco Codes:
*122# - Check Balance
*100# - Main Menu (FREE)
*109# - Activate Voice Mail (FREE) #109# - Deactivate
*136# - Activate 3G service. *136*4# - Deactivate 3G
*138*6# - Activate IDD132 (FREE)
*117# - Activate Background music
*126*012XXXXXXX# - Call-Me-Back (FREE 3 times/month when no credit)
*139# - Check Your Mobile Number (FREE)
*135# - Activate PhoneBook Backup (RM2/month. Sync charges apply) #135# - Deactivate
*133# - Activate GPRS (RM10)
*131# - Activate Caller Ringtone (RM3/month) #131# - Deactivate.
*110*Number of days# - Activate Push-To-Talk (RM1/Day) #110# Deactivate.
**012XXXXXXX - Voice SMS (RM 0.10/30 Sec)
*111*14no. pin code# - To Top-Up/Reload

Maxis (Hotlink's mother company) stores in KL: www.hotlink.com.my/en/support/store-listing/outlet-listing.html
Internet Plans: www.hotlink.com.my/en/internet/mobile-internet-plans.html

Where can I buy SIM cards in Malaysia?
The SIM cards are sold at many convinience stores and stalls. They are very easy to find, just look for the logos below. Later, you can top-up your credit any pretty much any convinience store (7Eleven etc.).
When you arrived at KLIA you can also get your Malaysian sim cards right away. There are stalls of several providers just before you reach the customs (where you cue up to get your passport stamped).
 

http://www.starhub.com
 

Mobile Internet in Singapore
I recently I went to Singapore and was looking for pre-paid internet card and came across Star Hub.
Star Hub offers a pre-paid card with a internet option of 7S$ for 7 days with a data limit of 1GB!

 




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