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.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

Melaka, Malaysia

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.

Melaka, Jalan Tukang Emas
Melaka
Jalan Tukang Emas
Melaka, colorful houses along Melaka River
Melaka
colorful houses along Melaka River

Excellent alternative online resources:

Malacca: the city that best gives a sense of Malaysia’s past

Article from the Telegraph newspaper: Along with its sultry climate, atmospheric Malacca boasts an intriguing history, unusual food and a lively nightlife, says Rhymer Rigby.

Georgetown and Melaka just became Unesco world heritage sites

On Monday, July 7, 2008, the historic city centre of Melaka and Georgetown, Penang with their mostly Chinese shophouses and colonial buildings were just been added into the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. Therefore, Malaysia now has four sites on the list, the other two being Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak, tropical karst area) and Kinabalu Park (Sabah, highest peak in South-east Asia).

In Melaka on bicycle

Katja and Waldemar were on the road in Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand and Sri Lanka on bicycle with their 2 children. They stayed in Melaka for 6 Weeks and live at the Sama Sama Guesthouse. This a long story about life in Chinatown, buddhist and Hindu processions and a smoke attack after 2 cases of Dengue Fever. For more Stories and Information visit their website 39Grad (german)

Things to Do & See

Dutch Square (Red Square)

The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town.

Chinatown Melaka

Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.

St. Paul’s Church

The ruin of St.Paul′s Church is located on top of St.Paul′s Hill and was one of five churches in the fortress complex A Famosa on the hill that was built by the Portuguese in 1521.

A Famosa

The remains of a fortress that was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Also known as Porta De Santiago.

Harmony Street

Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street.

Bukit Cina

Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.

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Restaurants & Food Courts

Medan Portugis / Portuguese Settlement

To the west of downtown Melaka, the Portuguese descendants - Kristang - founded their own settlement in the 1930s. Have an interesting evening trip to Medan Portugis to have a feast in the various Portuguese seafood restaurants.

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Transport

Melaka Sentral

Main bus terminal for long distance buses in Melaka located 4km north of the city centre.

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Shopping

Jonker Walk

A street in Chinatown with many antiques, textile and handicraft stores as well as galleries. On weekend nights the street is closed for traffic and turns into a lively night market

Dataran Pahlawan

Dataran Pahlawan is a shopping mall near A Famose with a Carrefour hypermarket and Golden Screen Cinemas

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ACCOMMODATION

Apa Kaba Home&Stay

Homestay / Guesthouse in a village (kampung) area, 5min away from the heritage zone

Old Town Guesthouse

family-run guesthouse located near near historical Bukit Cina

Cyclamen Cottage

Hotel in a colonial architectural style building villa built in 1937 located a few minutes north of the city center

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Hotels in Melaka

Tony’s Guesthouse

Guesthouse within a short walking distance to historical Chinatown, all rooms with windows, some with balconies

River View Guest House

Guest House located in the heritage zone of Melaka facing the Melaka River