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.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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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

the square is a starting point for rikshaw rides

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