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.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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Sleeping on the trishaw

waiting-for-customers-sleeping-on-trishaw-melaka-malaysia.jpg, A rickshaw driver indulges in a nap while waiting for customers in the historic city of Melaka, 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur.

A rickshaw driver indulges in a nap while waiting for customers in the historic city of Melaka, 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur. The colorfully decorated, somtimes lit with lights and equipped with stereo systems, Rickshaws are a tourist attraction in Melaka and Penang and a great way to explore the old towns. They used to be an important means of transport for the population, but today rickshaws are mostly just a tourist transportation. Though, in some cities you can see still traditional rickshaws (undecorated), mainly in the vicinity of morning markets, such as in Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu on the east coast.



photo: 2012, Melaka
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