Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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.

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Penang, Malaysia

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

address: 14 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown, Penang - phone:04-262 0006
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000

Tours: 11am and 3pm daily, RM12
The mansion now also offers accommodation for tourists (RM280 - RM770).

Links: Official website

map and location of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion



Hotels in in Penang
HOSTELS
in Penang
Annie’s Bed & Breakfast
Annie's Homestay is located in Batu Ferringhi
Old Penang GuestHouse
Guesthouse / Hostel located in the heritage zone of Georgetown
Things to do & see
Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis
Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786 ... more
Little India & Kapitan Keling Mosque
Small Indian enclave in Georgetown where you can find shops, food, temples and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. ... more
Things to do & see
Butterfly Farm, Cameron Highlands
The Butterfly Farm is located around the Kea Farm area north of Brinchang (town north of Tanah Ratah) showing, besides butterflies, a wide variety of plants, flowers, insects and reptiles. Best to to visit with an experienced guide otherwise you miss a lot of interesting things. ... more

Kuala Selangor (Fireflies), Kuala Lumpur
A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit. ... more