Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Food Paradise in Bukit Bintang. Jalan Alor turns into a giant open air street restaurant at night

TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur

Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food

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

Bazaar Ramadhan in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur

The Bazaar Ramadhan in Taman Tun is one the of the most popular Ramadhan market in the Greater KL area and is known for its good food.

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

Fish Farm Thai Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur

Thai restaurant at a fish & vegetable farm in the middle of the jungle in the hills behind Ampang

Imbi Market / Pasar Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

popular morning wet market and hawker center in Imbi, or short walk from Jalan Bukit Bintang, with variety of Chinese hawker stalls serving food from breakfast to lunch time

The Green Man, Kuala Lumpur

The Green Man is an traditional British pub / restaurant and one of the longest running establishments on Changkat.

Werner’s on Changkat, Kuala Lumpur

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

Luminous Restaurant & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Kebab restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Daikanyama, Kuala Lumpur

Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Yoko’s, Kuala Lumpur

Japanese restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Sutraa Kitchen & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Chillout bar serving Indian tapas on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Giovino, Kuala Lumpur

Wine shop / bar and Italian & Greek restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang

The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Baan 26, Kuala Lumpur

Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag

Pampas Bar & Grill, Kuala Lumpur

Argentinian steak restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

The Social, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant (western and asian food) and bar with live music on Changkat Bukit Bintang

twenty.one kitchen+bar, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Racks Bar & Baby Backs, Kuala Lumpur

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

Pasar Tani Mega, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur

Large weekend neighborhood market selling everything you need for the Malaysian kitchen fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and snacks

Pasar Malam Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Sri Packers Hotel

Backpacker hostel near Sepang F1 circuit and KLIA 1 & KLIA 2 airport (20min) in a shop house area

Fernloft KL @ Chinatown

Hostel near Central Market and Chinatown, branch of Fernloft group of hostels Singapore

Attractions

Sepang F1 International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

The Sepang F1 International Circuit right next to KLIA airport and used for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix as well as the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rock-climbing at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses.