Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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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pre-paid phone & internet cards

In a time where people wanna stay connected while travelling and don't want to rely on internet Wifi hotspots only, pre-paid SIM cards for your phone or tablets are an inexpensive alternative.

Malaysia has a variety of telecommunication companies and phone & data service providers that offer pre-paid SIM cards:

Hotlink - the pre-paid service of Maxis
Xpax - the pre-paid service of Celcom
Digi
Tune Talk - virtual mobile operator, owned, among others, by Celcom and Tune, a company linked to Air Asia
XOX - mobile operator targeting the Chinese community
U mobile

Hotlink
Personally, I use a Hotlink pre-paid. The calls and SMSs within Malaysia are rather expensive but the internet and calls to Europa are cheap.  For a call to a landline number in Germany I only pay around 10cent (Ringgit). The coverage also seems to be quite good. The weekly internet plan is RM8 for 100MB or you can pay RM2 per day (also for 100MB). Be careful not to get beyond the data limit, then Hotlink will just suck your credit empty in no time.
Useful calling codes for Hotlink:
*122# - check balance
*139# - shows your phone number
*100# - gets you to the main menu, where you can select internet plans and others

All Telco Codes:
*122# - Check Balance
*100# - Main Menu (FREE)
*109# - Activate Voice Mail (FREE) #109# - Deactivate
*136# - Activate 3G service. *136*4# - Deactivate 3G
*138*6# - Activate IDD132 (FREE)
*117# - Activate Background music
*126*012XXXXXXX# - Call-Me-Back (FREE 3 times/month when no credit)
*139# - Check Your Mobile Number (FREE)
*135# - Activate PhoneBook Backup (RM2/month. Sync charges apply) #135# - Deactivate
*133# - Activate GPRS (RM10)
*131# - Activate Caller Ringtone (RM3/month) #131# - Deactivate.
*110*Number of days# - Activate Push-To-Talk (RM1/Day) #110# Deactivate.
**012XXXXXXX - Voice SMS (RM 0.10/30 Sec)
*111*14no. pin code# - To Top-Up/Reload

Maxis (Hotlink's mother company) stores in KL: www.hotlink.com.my/en/support/store-listing/outlet-listing.html
Internet Plans: www.hotlink.com.my/en/internet/mobile-internet-plans.html

Where can I buy SIM cards in Malaysia?
The SIM cards are sold at many convinience stores and stalls. They are very easy to find, just look for the logos below. Later, you can top-up your credit any pretty much any convinience store (7Eleven etc.).
When you arrived at KLIA you can also get your Malaysian sim cards right away. There are stalls of several providers just before you reach the customs (where you cue up to get your passport stamped).
 

http://www.starhub.com
 

Mobile Internet in Singapore
I recently I went to Singapore and was looking for pre-paid internet card and came across Star Hub.
Star Hub offers a pre-paid card with a internet option of 7S$ for 7 days with a data limit of 1GB!

 




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