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.

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.

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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.

map and location of Dutch Square (Red Square)

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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