Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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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Ipoh, Malaysia
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Kellie’s Castle
Kellie's Castle is the ruin of a mansion located near Batu Gajah, about 20min south of Ipoh. The abandoned and unfinished castled was built by the Scottish planter William Kellie Smith in the 1920ies in a mix of architecural styles. ... more
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Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung, located 30min south of Ipoh, are the largest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia. ... more
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Ipoh Railway Station
Ipoh's railway station was completed in 1917 under the British colonial administration. Along with the Old Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur (same architect) it is one of the most beautiful examples of colonial architecture. ... more
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Kek Look Tong Cave Temple
Picturesque Chinese cave temple at the Gunung Rapat limestone hills at the southern edge of Ipoh city ... more
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Ipoh Heritage Trail
The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s. ... more
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Big Tree Foot Hawker Centre
Most popular Chinese hawker food center in Ipoh, especially famous for the Yong Tau Foo stall. It is located in Pasir Panjir, just south of the city center. ... more
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Cave Temples at Gunung Rapat
3 picturesque cave temples at Gunung Rapat (5km south of downtown Ipoh): Sam Poh Tong, Ling Sen Tong and Nam Tin Tong ... more
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Gerbang Malam
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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Ipoh Padang
Ipoh Padang - padang means field in Malay - is large field in the city centre lined by colonial buildings. It was set up in 1898 and was used as a cricket field for the British in the colonial days in the early 20th century. ... more
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Birch Memorial Clock Tower
The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated. ... more
Hotels in in Ipoh
Things to do & see
Kek Look Tong Cave Temple
Picturesque Chinese cave temple at the Gunung Rapat limestone hills at the southern edge of Ipoh city ... more
Kellie’s Castle
Kellie's Castle is the ruin of a mansion located near Batu Gajah, about 20min south of Ipoh. The abandoned and unfinished castled was built by the Scottish planter William Kellie Smith in the 1920ies in a mix of architecural styles. ... more