Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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.

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Historical Quarters

address: around Padang Besar, city centre Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Historical Quarters, part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office
part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office

the following places are are all within a few walking minutes:

The Grand Palace
Istana Balai Besar was built in 1844 from cengal timber.

Handicraft Museum

Muhammadi Mosque
The mosque was built in 1867 from premium wood and was transformed to the present concrete building in 1922 with extentions made in 1959, 1968, 1976 and 1987. It can accommodate 240 devotees.

Islamic Museum
The first floor of the building is used as an Islamic library while the ground floor is used as an exhibition hall and an Islamic museum.

War Museum
entry: RM2 (locals RM1), opened Sat-Thur 8.30am - 4.45pm
Tel: 609-7482266
about the events of the 2nd World War. It was near Kota Bahru when the japanese troops first landed on the soil of Malaya to start the occupation in 1941

Royal Customs & Ceremonies Museum
Tel: 609-7482266
entry: RM3 (locals RM1.50), Sat-Thur 8.30 - 4.45pm

map and location of Historical Quarters



Hotels in in Kota Bharu
HOSTELS
in Kota Bharu
Zeck’s Traveller’s Inn
Homestay-like hostel in a residential area close to the city center. It is almost like staying with a malay family. Zeck and his family are lovely hosts and run the place for over 20 years already.
Things to do & see
Historical Quarters
part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office ... more
Wats around Kota Bharu
There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north ... more
Things to do & see
Redang Marine Park Centre Pulau Pinang, Pulau Redang
The Marine Park on Pulau Pinang, a small island just off Redang Island, offers great snorkeling is part of every Redang Snorkeling package ... more

FRIM, Kuala Lumpur
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest resources in Malaysia. There is a canopy walk and nature trails through the dense forest among other things ... more