Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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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
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
Little India & Kapitan Keling Mosque
Small Indian enclave in Georgetown where you can find shops, food, temples and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. ... more
Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level. ... more
Things to do & see
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

Rock-climbing at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses. ... more