Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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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
Pasir Panjang (Long Beach), Pulau Redang
Main Beach of Redang Island at the eastern (sun rise) side of the island, most of the resort are located here ... more

Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
Main town in the Cameron Highlands (with Brinchang to the north and Ringlet to the south). Most budget guesthouses are here and it is the starting point for many jungle trails. ... more