Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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Chinese New Year Biscuits

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Malaysians love it sweet. Before and during major holidays like Hari Raya (the end of the fasting month Rhamadan for Muslims) or the Chinese New Year Festival, you can find these plastic containers with red lids everywhere in supermarkets and street stalls in Malaysia. These jars contain sweet (sometimes also savory) pastries and snacks such as butter cookies with nuts or pineapple biscuits. In the family homes on the coffee table there will then be always a nice variety of treats in the festive season.
In this picture you can see a Chinese street stall in January 2013 just before the Lunar New Year.



photo: 2013
Cameron Highlands, artistic shot
Cameron Highlands
artistic shot