Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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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