Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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

Chinatown

address: Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, Penang
Chinatown, Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia
Chinese Shop Houses (photo: Ann)
Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia

Places of Interest:
- Khoo Kongsi clan house (end of Lebuh Pitt, Jln Masjid Kapitan Keling)
- Kuan Yin Teng temple
- Cheong FattTze Mansion (14 Lebuh Leith, admission RM10, tours 11am & 3pm Mon-Sat)
- Acheen St Mosque (built in 1808 by arab traders)
- Penang Islamic Museum (128 Lebuh Armenian, RM3, 9.30am-6pm Wed-Mon)
- Hainan Temple (Lebuh Muntri)
- Loo Pun Hong Temple (70 Love Lane)
- 100 Cintra Street, Peranakan Museum (RM5, 11am-6pm Tue-Sun)
- Dr Sun Yat Sen’s Penang Base (120 Lebuh Armenian)

Links: Streets of Georgetown (penang-vacations.com)


Hotels in in Penang
HOSTELS
in Penang
Chulia Heritage Hotel
boutique hotel in the heritage zone of Georgetown in an refurbished Anglo-Indian bungalow
Reggae Penang Love Lane Hostel
Hostel, Kitchen, Bar - Latest addition to the Reggae group, after the Reggae Guesthouses and Mansion in Kuala Lumpur
Things to do & see
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Penangs grandest and most famous colonial hotel built in 1884, established by the two Armenian Sarkie brothers Tigram and Martin who later founded Raffles Hotel in Singapore ... more
Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple
Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added ... more
Things to do & see
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
The oldest museum (dating back to 1849) in Singapore exhibiting the history of Singapore, it was revamped and modernized between 2003 and 2006 ... more

Taman Panorama, Kuala Terengganu
View Point on Bukit Pak Apil offering panoramic views of Kuala Terengganu ... more