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.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Weather

It is hot (around 30°C celcius) and very humid (up to 90 percent) throughout the year in Malaysia. So be prepared to take 2-3 showers every day to get rid of your own stickiness.

Being so close to the equator, which is just south of Singapore, the regions has pretty much the same tropical weather throughout the year with temperatures of about 25°C at night and 30°C during the day. Essentially there are 2 "seasons", the wet season and the not so wet season. Travelling is pretty much possible throughout the year, only the islands along the eastcoast of the Peninsula like the Perhentians shut down most of their operations during the monsoon season from November to mid February. Sarawak and Sabah in the Malaysian part of Borneo also receive substantial amounts of rain between October and March.

Even though the main travel route through Malaysia (Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang) also receives more rain from November to February, travelling is not effected. It just means you have bring an umbrella along and  enjoy a Kopi or Teh Tarik somewhere dry if the rain gets too strong. Usually, the rain will be over after about 1 hour.

The peak travel season is May to September. The island of Langkawi at the west coast receives most visitors from December to March, when the island at the eastcoast are mostly shut down.

If you want to escape the humid heat in Malaysia, you can go to Cameron Highlands which has temperatures between 17°C to 25°C and less humidity. Or you go climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.


storm clouds over Perhentian Islands
storm clouds coming in, Perhentian Islands




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Cherating, At The Beach Looking North
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At The Beach Looking North