Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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.

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Penang, Malaysia

Khoo Kongsi

address: 18 Cannon Square, 10200 Penang, Malaysia, near Armenian Street
Khoo Kongsi, The most impressive of Penangs many kongsis. A kongsi is a clan house that is partly temple, partly meeting hall
Khoo Kongsi temple (photo: Wikipedia)
The most impressive of Penangs many kongsis. A kongsi is a clan house that is partly temple, partly meeting hall

Tel: 04-261 4609
Admission: RM5, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri (9am-1pm - Sat)
Permission to enter must be obtained from the Kongsi office

Links: Khoo Kongsi Official Website
Visitors are welcome, but please note that the Khoo Kongsi is still a place where the name plaques of departed members of Khoo families are kept in honour and remembrance. Due respects and mindfulness in these places of importances are appreciated.


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HOSTELS
in Penang
Reggae Penang Love Lane Hostel
Hostel, Kitchen, Bar - Latest addition to the Reggae group, after the Reggae Guesthouses and Mansion in Kuala Lumpur
Chulia Heritage Hotel
boutique hotel in the heritage zone of Georgetown in an refurbished Anglo-Indian bungalow
Things to do & see
Komtar Tower
Penangs tallest building and the sixth tallest building in Malaysia, the complex also hosts a shopping mall and a local bus terminal. The tower is worth visiting for its observation on the Level 65 and the daring skywalk on Level 68. ... more
Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level. ... more
Things to do & see
A Famosa, Melaka
The remains of a fortress that was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Also known as Porta De Santiago. ... more

Ipoh Padang, Ipoh
Ipoh Padang - padang means field in Malay - is large field in the city centre lined by colonial buildings. It was set up in 1898 and was used as a cricket field for the British in the colonial days in the early 20th century. ... more