Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Sandakan

Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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.

Sign at Buddhist Temple in Penang
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Bukit Gasing, suspension bridge
Bukit Gasing
suspension bridge
Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Brunei
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque


The Responsible Tourist and Traveller

This is practical 8-step guide based on the "Global Code of Ethics" for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization. It promotes traveling with an open mind and respect for people, culture, animals and environment.

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

Chinese New Year, the spring festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese community and a public holiday in Malaysia.

Travelling and flying with a baby

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The long day wanes (Anthony Burgess)

A Malayan Trilogy - set in the 1950s in the post-war and pre-independence Malaya

Reactions to the Malaysian Election 2018 results

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Malaysian News Snippets 2018

General Election / Airbnb popularity rise / new tallest building

Vaisakhi Festival

Vaisakhi religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism and is celebrated by the Punjabi / Sikh minority in Malaysia.

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Amazing places to vitually walk, ride and swim in Malaysia

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Things to Do & See

Chinatown Singapore, Singapore

Singapore′s Chinatown is the traditional Chinese quarters of the city. Today it is a major tourist attraction with national heritage sites, souvenir markets and beautifully restored traditional shop houses

Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Central Market), Kuala Terengganu

The colourful wet and dry market of KT is right next to Chinatown and along the Terengganu River. At the entrance are still traditional trishaws taking costumers back to their home.

Komtar Tower, Penang

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.

Restaurants & Food Courts

Big Tree Foot Hawker Centre, Ipoh

Most popular Chinese hawker food center in Ipoh, especially famous for the Yong Tau Foo stall. It is located in Pasir Panjir, just south of the city center.

twenty.one kitchen+bar, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Yoko’s, Kuala Lumpur

Japanese restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Nightlife

Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur

Jalan P. Ramlee, just south of KLCC, is Kuala Lumpur′s central clubbing district

Giovino, Kuala Lumpur

Wine shop / bar and Italian & Greek restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife area at Jalan Doresmy. Nightlife spot for the rich and beautiful. Row of refurbished colonial-era shop houses.

Transport

Melaka Sentral, Melaka

Main bus terminal for long distance buses in Melaka located 4km north of the city centre.

Kuala Tembeling Jetty, Taman Negara

The jetty in Kuala Tembeling is the starting point for the 3h boat ride to Taman Negara

Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Penang

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.

Shopping

Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall), Kuala Lumpur

Low Yat is the place go to buy electronic and high-tech stuff like computers, laptops , computer parts and accessories, cameras, mobile phones, blanks discs etc.

BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur

Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building.

VivoCity, Singapore

Singapore's largest shopping mall, located at HarbourfFront with direct connection to Sentosa Island via Monorail or Boardwalk, also has a Golden Screen Cinema

(Day) Trips

Kinabalu National Park, Kota Kinabalu

Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres.

Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur

Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels.

Bako National Park, Kuching

Small, but diverse, National Park located 37km north-east of Kuching. Bako NP covers an area of about 27sqkm and offers jungle treks, steep cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of sandy, secluded bays.

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Red Palm, Kuala Lumpur

Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!

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Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
Panorama Divers, Perhentian Islands
Dive shop at Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil offering dive courses and snorkel trips. Panorama also has accommodation options and a restaurant. ... more
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Food And Food Stalls, Pasar Malam Stall: Kueh Teow
Food And Food Stalls
Pasar Malam Stall: Kueh Teow
Attractions

Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands

highest mountain in the Cameron Highlands, accessible with 4-wheel drive on the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia

Batu Ferringhi, Penang

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

Melaka, Chinese Temple
Melaka
Chinese Temple
DID YOU KNOW?
Alcohol

Malaysia being a majority muslim country, alcohol is highly taxed and thus rather expensive compared to other Asian countries. But alcohol is served in most convenience stores and Chinese restaurants. The booze is comparatively cheaper in Langkawi due to the duty free status of the island.