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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Accommodation on Pulau Lang Tengah

The small island only has 3 operating resorts: Summer Bay, Sari Pacifica and D'Coconut. Another resorts currently abandoned.

D'Coconut Resort

This resort has two separate wings located on their own almost private beaches. It takes about 5 - 7min to walk between the two wings. The West Wing is slightly newer and pricier than the East Wing. The jetty and snorkel tour boats arrive and depart at the East Wings. Both wings have a restaurant and a pool.

 

D'Coconut Resort - East Wing

D'Coconut East Wing
the east wings with its own beach, the boats depart and arrive here


D'Coconut East Wing
the pool at the east wing

 

D'Coconut Resort - West Wing

seaview, dcoconut resort, west wing
sea view from deluxe rooms at the west wing, below are the Cabana huts, the most expensive option at D'Coconut



the infinity pool at the west wing
 

Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa Lang Tengah Island

Sari Pacifica Resort shares a beach with Summer Bay Resort and comprises of bungalows and a pool and a lush and peaceful resort layout. The jetty in front of the resort is a great spot to watch the small black-tip reef sharks. At the time of visit Sari Pacifa seemed to be popular with western travellers.

beach view, Sari Pacifica Resort
beach in front of Sari Pacifica


pool, Sari Pacifica Resort
the pool and some of the bungalows in the background

 

Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort

Summer Bay is the last resort of the island (looking south to north). All rooms are in hotel-style buildings. The main building also a restaurant and bar and entertainment (karaoke, live music). This seems to make it popular with tourists from mainland China.

beach, Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort
beach in front of Summer Bay Resort


pool, Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort
the pool and the pool-facing rooms