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.

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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Ampang Lookout Point

address: Jalan Hulu Langat (B62), Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
ampang-lookout-point-roadside-pasar-malam.jpg, TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area.
TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area.

How to get to Ampang Lookout Point
As there is no public transportation, you can only get there by car (taxi). From downtown it’s about a 30min -1h drive to get there depending on traffic. To safe money, you could take the LRT (Ampang Line) to Cempaka station and take the taxi from there. It’s about a 15min drive from there. However, it is recommended to use your own transport to get there.

Roadside food stalls / Pasar Malam

After the old Lookout Point was shut down in early 2012 (see information below), annew pasar malam type of area was established at the junction of Jalan Hulu Langat and Jalan Mulia 2/1, about 1km downhill from the closed Lookout Point. The stalls are open every day.

Ampang Lookout Point
food stalls overlooking Kuala Lumpur in the valley


the location of the "new" (on the left) and "old" (right) Lookout Point:


View Ampang Lookout Point in a larger map

 

Ampang Lookout Point

ATTENTION!!!
Ampang Lookout Point is currently closed (since 20/01/2012)!!!

Residents and trader and traders are protesting against the decision by the Muncipal Council and are filing a court case.

A member of the KajangMunicipal Council said: “The place has been shut down to avoid any landslide or any untoward incidents from happening. Plus, we have given enough time for the operators to provide us with proper documentation, including the CF, building plans and trading licences” and “The sealing off is indefinite”.

More information:
Ampang Lookout Point illegal (Malay Mail article)
Residents and traders protest closure of Ampang Look Out Point (The Star article)
 

Ampang Lookout Point
One of the restaurant at the currently shutdown Lookout Point



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