Faces of
Malaysia
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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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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
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Zeck’s Traveller’s Inn
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