Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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, old town
Melaka
old town
Melaka, Food Seller
Melaka
Food Seller


Excellent alternative online resources:

Wikipidia:Melaka



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. ... more

Malaysia vs. Singapore

Entertaining story from guest author Maik from his Blog "Wah Lau". He is a german guy who developed quite some affection for the whole range of Asian diversity. Being based in Singapore, he went for a trip to nearby Melaka in 2006 and reflected about the differences between Malaysia and Singapore and what people think of each other, prejudice or not? ... more

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). ... more

Things to Do & See
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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. ... more
Chinatown
Melaka′s chinatown has a very peaceful atmosphere especially at night. Almost all houses are still in tact and painted colourfully. ... more
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. ... more

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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. ... more

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

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

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HOSTELS
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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
Oriental Riverside Residence
Guesthouse located in old Chinatown with the back facing the Melaka River