Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

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.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

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Forest Walk, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore

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Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur

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Restaurants & Food Courts

The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

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

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Nightlife

Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur

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The Green Man, Kuala Lumpur

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Giovino, Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Tembeling Jetty, Taman Negara

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Shopping

Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall), Kuala Lumpur

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BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur

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(Day) Trips

Kuala Selangor (Fireflies), Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Lumpur

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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.

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Lagoon
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along Sungai Terengganu
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