Faces of
Malaysia
Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Langkawi

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.

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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



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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
Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center ... 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
Menara KL (KL Tower), Kuala Lumpur
Menara KL or KL Tower, with a height of 421m, is the 7th tallest tower in the world. As it is built on hill, the observation decks offers higher ground than the Twin Towers and the best views in town. ... more

Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis, Penang
Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786 ... more