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.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

Melaka, Malaysia

Dutch Square (Red Square)

address: The Stadthuys Jalan Gereja, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia
dutch-square-red-square-melaka-malacca2.jpg, The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town.
Clocktower and the Christ Church behind
The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town.

The dutch buildings used to be painted in white until the British governour ordered it to be painted red.

- starting point for rickshaw rides
- Stadhuys (was built in 1650 and the is oldest remaining dutch building in Asia)
- Christ Church
- Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower (not dutch for a change)

Dutch Square at night
the illuminated square and rikshaws after dark
 

Jalan Laksamana
Jalan Laksamana, leading up to Dutch Square


Rikshaws
the square is a starting point for rikshaw rides



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