Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Travellers-Light-Backpackers-Lodge-Kota-Kinabalu2.jpg, Hostel in the city center facing the hill and city forest
Travellers’ Light Backpackers Lodge
Hostel in the city center facing the hill and city forest ... more
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
youth hostel in the centre of Kota Kinabalu ... more
North Borneo Cabin
Guesthouse in the center of Kota Kinabalu ... more
masada backpacker
Backpacker hostel in Kota Kinabalu ... more
The Lavender Lodge
Located in the central commercial district of the city ... more
Borneo-Backpackers-Kota-Kinabalu.jpg, Hostel in the southern part of KK city center
Borneo Backpackers
Hostel in the southern part of KK city center ... more
DVilla-Rina-Ria-Lodge-Kinabalu-National-Park.jpg, Guesthouse located 500m away from Kinabalu National Park (location of Mount Kinabalu), 1.5h drive from Kota Kinabalu
D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge
Guesthouse located 500m away from Kinabalu National Park (location of Mount Kinabalu), 1.5h drive from Kota Kinabalu ... more
Kinabalu-Mountain-Lodge.jpg, Accommodation located about 3km away from Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
Accommodation located about 3km away from Kinabalu National Park ... more
Borneo Beachouse (Backpackers)
Guesthouse located within walking distance of Tanjung Aru Beach ... more
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D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge
Guesthouse located 500m away from Kinabalu National Park (location of Mount Kinabalu), 1.5h drive from Kota Kinabalu
Borneo Backpackers
Hostel in the southern part of KK city center
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