Faces of
Malaysia
Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

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Perhentian Islands, Kuala Besut on the mainland
Perhentian Islands
Kuala Besut on the mainland
Kuala Lumpur, Istana Budaya
Kuala Lumpur
Istana Budaya


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

This is our experience of travelling with a 8-month to 11-month old baby.

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

With the 2018 Election Malaysia witnessed a change of government for the first time in its history since independence from the British in 1957.

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.

How to Properly Secure your Data while Traveling

When traveling for work or leisure, we often remember to secure everything else but our data.

Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai

How to go from Kuala Lumpur up north to Thailand by bus or train.

Amazing places to vitually walk, ride and swim in Malaysia

Google is sending their street view cams to most unlikely places. Here is a list of cool places to visit in Malaysia without (before) getting your feet wet and dirty

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Things to Do & See

The Habitat, Penang

The Habitat is a rainforest experience on top of Penang Hill with a guided nature walk, canopy and treetop walks.

Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa Sikh Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Sikh Temple at the near the Chow Kit Wet Market and Kampung Baru. Largest Sikh temple in South-east Asia and spiritual home to KL′s 75,000 Sikhs.

National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

The oldest museum (dating back to 1849) in Singapore exhibiting the history of Singapore, it was revamped and modernized between 2003 and 2006

Restaurants & Food Courts

Baan 26, Kuala Lumpur

Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag

Bazaar Ramadhan in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Ramadan food market along Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru - an old Malay residential area near the city centre

Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Street food market in Kuala Lumpur during the month of Ramadhan at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail

Nightlife

Racks Bar & Baby Backs, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant (specialized in pork ribs) and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Yoko’s, Kuala Lumpur

Japanese restaurant and bar 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

Bus System, Singapore

The second leg of Singapore's efficient public transport system, after the MRT, are the more than 300 bus lines.

GO KL City Bus, Kuala Lumpur

GO KL is a bus service within Kuala Lumpur city connecting Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Chinatown, KL Sentral and Chow Kit with now 4 lines

Golden Mile Complex Bus Terminal, Singapore

Many bus operators use the Golden Mile Complex / Tower as drop-off and depature point for long-distance buses to and from Malaysia. The Golden Mile Complex itself is a shopping mall with Thai clubs, shops and food stalls.

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.

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.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Lumpur

Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.

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Members of Backpacking Asia Network
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
Rainbow Lodge, Langkawi
3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available. ... more
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Tubotel, Langkawi
Unique accommodation concept located at its own jetty at the northern end of Pantai Cenang with unspoiled sea views and tubes to sleep in ... more
Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
Taman Negara, plants of Taman Negara
Taman Negara
plants of Taman Negara
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