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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MRT KL

MRT-Bandar-Utama.jpg, After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue MRT network is slowly taking shape with opening of the first phase of the Sungai Buloh - Kajang line in December 2016
After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue MRT network is slowly taking shape with opening of the first phase of the Sungai Buloh - Kajang line in December 2016

Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line (MRT SBK Line)

The line, once fully operational, will have 31 stations along a 51km route including 7 underground stations below the city center.  Estimated traveling time for the entire stretch is 86 minutes. Trains will be operating at a frequency of 3.3 minutes during peak hours. The MRT line is being operated by Rapid KL just like the LRT, Monorail and bus network.

Ticket Prices:
between RM 1.10 and RM 6.40
 

phase 1
Phase 1 started operating in December 2016


phase 2
Phase 2 is schedule to open in July 2016

Links:

Rapid KL (Operator)

MRT Corp (official website of the construction project)


inside a MRT coach
inside on of MRT trains image: Rapid KL



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The Explorers Guesthouse
Hostel / Guesthouse near Central Market and Chinatown
Reggae Mansion
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Things to do & see
Po Ling Temple
Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple with a monastery at the back, located very close to KLCC / Petronas Twin Twoers along Jalan Ampang ... more
Zoo Negara
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. ... more
Things to do & see
National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur
The National Planetarium is a space science exhibition with a telescope and observation tower in the Lake Gardens. ... more

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi
wide and empty beach at the north of the island. home of the fancy Tanjung Rhu and Four Seasons resort and starting point of Mangrove River tours ... more