Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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.

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

address: 215 Macalister Road 10450, Penang Hill at Air Hitam
Penang-Hill-panoramio.jpg, Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera is 735m above sea level and can be reached by Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway
view from Penang Hill over Georgetown across to Butterworth on the mainland
photo by Panoramio user lethnjm
Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera is 735m above sea level and can be reached by Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway

The railway journey (2km) takes about half an hour. Alternatively there is a 5.1km tarred road. It’s also a popular hiking route and takes about 2 to 3 hours hike to reach the top.

Links:

Penang Hill official website


Penang Hill Railway

Concact:
PERBADANAN BUKIT
BENDERA PULAU PINANG
JALAN STESEN BUKIT BENDERA,
AYER ITAM
11500 PULAU PINANG

Tel: 04-8288880
04-8288839
04-8288861
Fax: 04-8288862

Operating Hours Train Service:
Weekdays: 6.30am - 10pm (Last train from top station )
Weekends/Public Holidays & School Holidays: 6.30am - 11pm (Last train from top station )

Railway Ticket Prices
  Standard     My Card
Adult RM30.00 RM8.00
Senior Citizen RM30.00 RM4.00
Child ( Aged 4 -12 years ) RM15.00 RM4.00
School/College/University Student RM15.00 RM4.00
Family Package
2 Adult + 1 Child
RM65.00 RM17.00
2 Adult + 2 Child RM70.00 RM18.00
2 Adult + 3 Child RM75.00 RM19.00
One Way (Sehala) - Adult RM17.00 RM5.00
One Way (Sehala) - Child RM10.00 RM2.00
Disabled Person Complimentary


Penang Hill train
the hill train leaving the lower station
 

Opening Hours:
Penang Hill - Opens 7 days a week
Bellevue Bird Park - Opens seven days a week, 9am to 6pm

Admission:
Train - RM8 per trip
Bellevue Hotel Bird Park - RM5 (Adult), RM2 (Children)
Taxi from George Town about RM20, from Batu Feringghi about RM30 - to the foot
hill only. To get on top of the hill you need 4WD vehicle.


Nature Trails:

Penang Hill nature trail map
click on the image to open a larger PDF version of the map

 



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