Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 20 km east of Ipoh and about 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang, Malaysia. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25C and rarely falling below 12C year round. The area is popular for it’s tea plantations and jungle walks.

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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 Bunga Raya, Disovery Cafe
Melaka
Jalan Bunga Raya, Disovery Cafe
Melaka, Fruit Seller
Melaka
Fruit Seller

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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HOSTELS
apa-kaba-homestay-melaka2.jpg, Homestay / Guesthouse in a village (kampung) area, 5min away from the heritage zone
Apa Kaba Home&Stay
Homestay, Melaka
Homestay / Guesthouse in a village (kampung) area, 5min away from the heritage zone ... more
Old Town Guesthouse
Guesthouse, Melaka
family-run guesthouse located near near historical Bukit Cina ... more
Cyclamen Cottage
Hostel, Melaka
Hotel in a colonial architectural style building villa built in 1937 located a few minutes north of the city center ... more

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Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
in Melaka
Tony’s Guesthouse
Guesthouse within a short walking distance to historical Chinatown, all rooms with windows, some with balconies
Cyclamen Cottage
Hotel in a colonial architectural style building villa built in 1937 located a few minutes north of the city center