Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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.

Pulau Lang Tengah

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 3 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

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.

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Kota Bahru, Royal Costums Museum
Kota Bahru
Royal Costums Museum
Kota Bahru, rikshaw
Kota Bahru
rikshaw


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.

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

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How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus or train.

Kuala Lumpur - a city that never seems to sleeps

Kuala Lumpur, a city that was built in the middle of the jungle with the highest twin towers in the world. It is a multi-cultural melting pot with a young population with an average age of 28 years old. Malays, Chinese, Indians and many more are at home in KL as the locals call their city. 8 million people live in the metropolitan area, 1.7 million of which in the centre.

Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara

More information on the combined bus and boat journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and back.

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh

Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands

Ferry schedule and booking from Kuala Besut to Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar

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Things to Do & See

Petaling Street (Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.

Legoland Malaysia, Johor Bahru

Malaysia's first international theme park in Johor at the southern tip of the Peninsula close to the second Link to Singapore.

Little India, Singapore

Vibrant, colourful and culturally authentic neighbourhood of the Indian community in Singapore with plenty of shops, temples and restaurants. It is also a center of backpacker accommodations.

Restaurants & Food Courts

Werner’s on Changkat, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant (Italian / European Fusion) and Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang with an upstair club lounge and large balcony.

Racks Bar & Baby Backs, Kuala Lumpur

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

Baan 26, Kuala Lumpur

Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag

Nightlife

The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Whisky bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

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

Transport

Melaka Sentral, Melaka

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

LCCT, Kuala Lumpur

Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia

KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Kuala Lumpur

Hop-On Hop-off sight-seeing bus with multi-language taped audio commentary covering all inner-city attractions and area from Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Lake Gardens, Historical Quarters and Chinatown. Tickets area valid for 24hours.

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

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.

Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Kuala Lumpur

Nature Park in Kuala Selangor managed by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), enjoy views of secondary and mangrove forests and its animals (monkeys, birds and more more) on an easy-to-walk trail through the park

Fraser’s Hill, Kuala Lumpur

Hill resort at 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally set up as a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s, it consists of seven hills.

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Members of Backpacking Asia Network
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang 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
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... more
Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Terengganu, Sultan Mahmud Airport
Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Terengganu
Sultan Mahmud Airport
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