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Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)

address: Jalan Buluh Kubu, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah), very colourful dry and wet market in the city center
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center

The three photos below of Malay woman at working at the central market are courtesy of Matt Hahnewald from his fascinating photo blog "Facing the World".

malay market woman
woman at a market stall 
photo: Matt Hahnewald  "Facing the World"


market woman
woman at a market stall 
photo: Matt Hahnewald  "Facing the World"


market woman
woman at a market stall 
photo: Matt Hahnewald  "Facing the World"

fruits and vegetable stalls
Market Women
the sales business in clearly in the hands of women here


keropok and vegetables
Keropok and Vegetables
the market is a feast for the eyes and senses


from above
stall from above
the multi-storey market offers interesting views

 



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Hotels in in Kota Bharu
HOSTELS
in Kota Bharu
Zeck’s Traveller’s Inn
Homestay-like hostel in a residential area close to the city center. It is almost like staying with a malay family. Zeck and his family are lovely hosts and run the place for over 20 years already.
Things to do & see
Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center ... more
Historical Quarters
part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office ... more
Things to do & see
Mangrove River Tour, Cherating
A must-do in Cherating is a boat tour into the mangrove forest. The guides are good in spotting various animals, includings snakes. ... more

Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa Sikh Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Sikh Temple at the near the Chow Kit Wet Market and Kampung Baru. Largest Sikh temple in South-east Asia and spiritual home to KL′s 75,000 Sikhs. ... more