Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

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Pulau Redang, Malaysia

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island)  is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.

Pulau Redang, afternoon view of Long Beach (Pasir Panjang)
Pulau Redang
afternoon view of Long Beach (Pasir Panjang)
Pulau Redang, marine park at Pulau Pinang
Pulau Redang
marine park at Pulau Pinang

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How to get to Redang Island

Pulau Redang can be reached by plane from KL or Singapore or more budget-friendly by boat from Merang or Kuala Terengganu. Kuala Terengganu can easily be reached from any major town by bus or from Kuala Lumpur by plane and is worth a one or two night stopover on the way to or from the island.

Things to Do & See

Pasir Panjang (Long Beach)

Main Beach of Redang Island at the eastern (sun rise) side of the island, most of the resort are located here

Redang Marine Park Centre Pulau Pinang

The Marine Park on Pulau Pinang, a small island just off Redang Island, offers great snorkeling is part of every Redang Snorkeling package

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HOSTELS
Redang-Reef-Resort-Pulau-Redang-Island3.jpg, Resort on Redang's lower end of the budget range located at the southern end of Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) - basic accommodation but excellent location with 2 house reefs just at the door step and great views of Long Beach and to the south
Redang Reef Resort
Hostel, Pulau Redang
Resort on Redang's lower end of the budget range located at the southern end of Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) - basic accommodation but excellent location with 2 house reefs just at the door step and great views of Long Beach and to the south ... more
view-from-sea-Laguna-Redang-Resort-Pulau-Redang-Island2.jpg, biggest and most up-market resort at Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) on Pulau Redang with swimming pool and hotel-style lobby with bars, restaurants and live bands
Laguna Redang Island Resort
Hostel, Pulau Redang
biggest and most up-market resort at Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) on Pulau Redang with swimming pool and hotel-style lobby with bars, restaurants and live bands ... more
accommodation-Redang-Beach-Resort-Pulau-Redang-Island2.jpg, Resort at Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) on Redang Island with a lively nightlife - package prices from RM369
Redang Beach Resort
Hostel, Pulau Redang
Resort at Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) on Redang Island with a lively nightlife - package prices from RM369 ... more

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HOSTELS
in Pulau Redang
Redang Kalong Resort
Quiet and laid-back resort, being the only resort on Kalong Beach, about 20min walk south of Long Beach - prices from RM380 (3D/2N package)
Redang Bay Resort
Resort at Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) on Pulau Redang which also offers a Dorm option - 3D2N snorkeling package from RM368