Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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Kuching, Malaysia

Kuching Waterfront (Kuching Esplanade)

Kuching Waterfront (Kuching Esplanade), Once a trading area in Kuching, the waterfront area at Sungai Sarawak has now been transformed into a landscaped esplanade.
Kuching Waterfront
Once a trading area in Kuching, the waterfront area at Sungai Sarawak has now been transformed into a landscaped esplanade.

price for river crossing: 30sen (RM1 after 10pm)
Hiring a boat (tambang) for a river cruise: around RM30

Links: Kuching Waterfront (official website)


Hotels in in Kuching
HOSTELS
in Kuching
Marco Polo
Guesthouse in Kuching's historical Chinatown
Tracks B&B
Guesthouse located near the Kuching Waterfront.
Things to do & see
Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
centre to rehabilitate orang-utans and other animals that have been injured, orphaned or illegally cages. ... more
Sarawak Cultural Village
Sarawak Cultural Village is tucked away on the foothills of Mount Santubong at Damai Beach, 35 km north from Kuching. It is also known as a living museum. ... more
Things to do & see
Pasar Malam Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center. ... more

Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Along this famous beach area, there are numerous large hotels, budget guest houses, restaurants, transport rental services, and souvenir stores. ... more