Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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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Penang, Malaysia

Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Penang_Hop_On_Hop_Off_Bus.jpg, The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route)  Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.
The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.

ticket prices:

Adults:
24 Hours Ticket:  RM45 (Malaysian: RM19)
48 Hours Ticket: RM79 (Malaysian: RM32)

Child (5-12 years), Students, Disabled:
24 Hours Ticket:  RM19 (Malaysian: RM12)
48 Hours Ticket: RM32 (Malaysian: RM20)
children below 5 years old free of charge

Hotline: 1-800-88-5546

  • tickets can be purchased on the bus
  • 22 stops on 2 routes
  • intervall between buses: 20 - 30min
  • operating hours: 9am - 8pm

City Route

01 - Gurney Drive (Interchange to Beach Route)
02 - Botanical Garden
03 - Penang Hill
04 - Kek Lok Si
05 - Times Square
06 - Komtar
07 - Chowrasta
08 - Unesco Heritage
09 - Clan Jetties
10 - Cruise
11 - St. George
12 - Blue Mansion
13 - Kelawei

Beach Route

14 - Straits Quay
15 - Flamingo
16 - Miami Beach
17 - Holiday Inn
18 - Hard Rock
19 - Tropical Spice
20 - National Park
21 - Entopia
22 - Taman Rimba

 

Links:

official website
facebook page


Penang Hop-on Hop-off Route and Bus Stop map
Maps of routes and bus stops (click to enlarge)

 


Bus Stop 01 (Gurney Drive), Interchange for City and Beach Route image: Google Street View

 

City Route Bus
City Route bus



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