Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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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
Ipoh, chicken rice restaurant at Gerbang Malam night market
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chicken rice restaurant at Gerbang Malam night market